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百度首席科学家吴恩达离职信:AI is the new electricity(2017年)

入职时间:2014年5月16日

离职时间:2017年3月

离职时职务:百度首席科学家

亲爱的朋友们:

我即将辞去在百度的工作,告别我一直带领的人工智能团队。百度的人工智能实力强大,团队内上上下下都有非常优秀的人才,所以,我坚信百度的人工智能将会一如既往蓬勃发展。离开百度之后,我也很高兴将继续致力于人工智能事业,通过人工智能改变社会,使人们的生活更加美好。

百度的人工智能

我在2014年加入百度,负责人工智能工作。到现在,百度的人工智能团队已经增长到近1300人,其中包括300名百度研究院成员。上亿的用户每天都在使用我们的人工智能软件。我们通过许许多多人工智能产品项目支持我们的搜索、广告、地图、外卖、语音搜索、安全、消费金融等等现有业务,提升产品,拉动收入。

我们也运用人工智能开拓新业务。我的团队在过去的两年中,每年都孵化出一项新业务:一项是无人驾驶,另一项是DuerOS语音交互计算平台。我们也正在孵化一些非常有前景的技术,比如人脸识别(当已注册用户走近应用人脸识别技术的闸门时,闸门会自动开启),美乐医(医疗领域的人工智能对话交互机器人)等等。作为百度人工智能战略的首席架构师,我很自豪能够引领公司在人工智能方面飞速发展和崛起。

百度是目前为数不多的在人工智能各个重要领域都拥有世界级专业水准的公司,这些领域包括语音、自然语言处理、计算机视觉、机器学习、知识图谱等诸多方面。能够带领百度人工智能团队,能够跟百度卓越的管理者、非凡的工程师、科学家、产品经理等等百度优秀的团队共事,我深感荣幸。李彦宏是第一位高瞻远瞩,清晰看到深度学习技术巨大价值的大公司CEO,也是全球人工智能领域最优秀的CEO之一。首席运营官陆奇是位资深的企业管理者,同时在人工智能领域拥有丰富的经验,在他的领导下,百度的人工智能将继续开花结果。AI技术平台体系新任总负责人王海峰是一位出色的研究学者和技术领袖。在他的有力领导下,百度的AI团队定会有更好的未来发展。我们的新任百度研究院院长林元庆,是位出色的技术和业务带头人,将会提升百度人工智能技术,创造更多业务成果。在他们的有力领导下,在Adam Coates、景鲲、李平、徐伟、朱凯华等人工智能顶尖人才的努力下,百度的人工智能将继续开拓前行,我也会为此而欢欣喝彩。

我很荣幸能够从两大人工智能强国,中国、美国的人工智能界都学习过。美国擅长创造新的技术和理念,而中国擅于将人工智能技术用于开发出好的产品。我很高兴自己能够有机会既为中国也为美国的人工智能发展崛起作出努力和贡献。

人工智能是新电能

正如百年前电能改变了很多行业一样,人工智能也正在改变着医疗、交通、娱乐、制造业等主要行业,丰富充实着无数人的生活。对于人工智能将带领我们前往何方,我比以往都要兴奋和期待。

作为谷歌大脑计划的创始人,以及百度人工智能的负责人,我在这两家顶尖的技术公司向“人工智能公司”转型中都发挥了作用。但是人工智能的潜力远远超越了对科技公司的影响。

我将继续致力于用人工智能引领这场重大的社会变革。除了推动大公司使用人工智能,也还有很多创业,以及更深入进行人工智能研究的机会。我希望我们每个人都拥有自动驾驶汽车,每个人都拥有可以自如进行语音对话交互的计算机,每个人都拥有可以诊断我们病痛的医疗机器人。工业革命将人类从重复性体力劳动中解放出来;现在我希望人工智能可以将人类从重复性脑力劳动,比如忙乱的交通驾驶中,解放出来。这项工作不是任何一家公司可以独立完成的,这是全世界的人工智能研究者和工程师的共同课题。我在Coursera上的机器学习MOOC课程曾帮助很多人进入人工智能这个领域。除了致力于人工智能本身之外,我也将探索新的方式来帮助全球人工智能的爱好者,让我们一起用人工智能赋能整个社会,取得更多成果。

我们将利用人工智能创造美好未来,对此我从未如此乐观。让我们一起为推动人工智能,帮助每一个人而努力!

Andrew Ng(吴恩达)

 

英文原文:

Opening a new chapter of my work in AI

Dear Friends,

I will be resigning from Baidu, where I have been leading the company’s AI Group. Baidu’s AI is incredibly strong, and the team is stacked up and down with talent; I am confident AI at Baidu will continue to flourish. After Baidu, I am excited to continue working toward the AI transformation of our society and the use of AI to make life better for everyone.

Artificial Intelligence at Baidu

I joined Baidu in 2014 to work on AI. Since then, Baidu’s AI group has grown to roughly 1,300 people, which includes the 300-person Baidu Research. Our AI software is used every day by hundreds of millions of people. We have had tremendous revenue and product impact, through the many dozens of AI projects that support our existing businesses in search, advertising, maps, take-out delivery, voice search, security, consumer finance and many more.

We have also used AI to develop new lines of business. My team birthed one new business unit per year each of the last two years: autonomous driving and the DuerOS Conversational Computing platform. We are also incubating additional promising technologies, such as face-recognition (used in turnstiles that open automatically when an authorized person approaches), Melody (an AI-powered conversational bot for healthcare) and several more. As the principal architect of Baidu’s AI strategy, I am proud to have led the incredible rise of AI within the company.

Baidu is now one of the few companies with world-class expertise in every major AI area: speech, NLP, computer vision, machine learning, knowledge graph. It’s been an honor to lead the AI Group and work with Baidu’s remarkable team, from the executive leadership to the brilliant engineers, scientists, product managers and others. Robin Li was the first large company CEO to clearly see the value of deep learning, and remains globally one of the best AI CEOs. COO Lu Qi is a seasoned business executive with significant experience in AI; with his leadership, AI at Baidu will flourish. Wang Haifeng, the new head of the AI Group, is a fantastic researcher and technology leader; his leadership firmly positions the team for future greatness. Lin Yuanqing, our newly appointed head of Baidu Research, is a brilliant technology and business leader, who is creating both great AI technologies and great business results. Under their capable leadership, and that of other AI stars at Baidu such as Adam Coates, Jing Kun, Li Ping, Xu Wei, and Zhu Kaihua, AI at Baidu will continue to thrive, and I will be cheering their progress.

I’ve also been privileged to learn from both the U.S. and Chinese AI communities — both of which are powerhouses. The U.S. is very good at inventing new technology ideas. China is very good at inventing and quickly shipping AI products. I’m happy also to have had an opportunity to contribute to the rise of AI in both China and the U.S.

AI is the new electricity

Just as electricity transformed many industries roughly 100 years ago, AI will also now change nearly every major industry — healthcare, transportation, entertainment, manufacturing — enriching the lives of countless people. I am more excited than ever about where AI can take us.

As the founding lead of the Google Brain project, and more recently through my role at Baidu, I have played a role in the transformation of two leading technology companies into “AI companies.” But AI’s potential is far bigger than its impact on technology companies.

I will continue my work to shepherd in this important societal change. In addition to transforming large companies to use AI, there are also rich opportunities for entrepreneurship as well as further AI research. I want all of us to have self-driving cars; conversational computers that we can talk to naturally; and healthcare robots that understand what ails us. The industrial revolution freed humanity from much repetitive physical drudgery; I now want AI to free humanity from repetitive mental drudgery, such as driving in traffic. This work cannot be done by any single company — it will be done by the global AI community of researchers and engineers. My Machine Learning MOOC on Coursera helped many people enter AI. In addition to working on AI myself, I will also explore new ways to support all of you in the global AI community, so that we can all work together to bring this AI-powered society to fruition.

I am more optimistic than ever about the fantastic future we will build with AI. Lets keep working hard to get AI to help everyone!

Andrew Ng