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Eye-Opening Visit To Huawei

Eye-Opening Visit To Huawei

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Sean Patrick
Individual Programme – Triathlon, Diploma in Business Studies, Year 3

On Monday, 22 August 2022, my class got the scarce opportunity to visit Huawei’s very own AI-Lab and DigiX Lab. It was truly an eye-opening experience as we got to learn about Huawei’s extensive use of A.I.; not just in its carrier services or mobile phones, but even in certain large-scale projects that affect our very environment. One of these projects is the Huawei Eco-Connect project, in which Huawei hopes to achieve 5G carrier coverage in rainforests worldwide. These 5G cell towers will also be infitted with A.I. that can spot poachers, illegal deforestation, and animal cries, and then subsequently alert park rangers. This broadened my horizons as I was amazed by the extent to which A.I. can be used.

One thing I learned in class that came alive during my visit to Huawei was the use of both computer vision and natural language processing. This was through to life for me through an example that one of the Huawei staff shared during the talk. He brought up the example of Zouk, a nightclub, also one of Huawei’s clients. He shared about how Huawei’s A.I. helped identify, through computer vision, behaviors of people fighting and getting rowdy in the nightclub. Furthermore, using natural language processing, the A.I. is able to identify certain phrases or words that are provocative in nature, so that when a word like that is said, security can immediately be notified to prevent the fight. This brought computer vision and natural language processing to life for me as I would never have thought these forms of machine learning can be used for such exciting purposes.

Something new I have learnt from the visit is that growth in technology does not necessarily mean a depletion of our natural resources. I personally feel that there is a common misconception that the growth of technology would take up a lot of our earth’s natural resources and destroy our environment/ecosystem. However, the opposite is true. This is because we can actually use A.I. to save our environment in ways we could never before. As mentioned in the first paragraph, Huawei has different programmes set up in the world to help manage and protect rainforests, oceans, specific animal species’ and even defend wildlife against poaching. This is extremely eye-opening as I never would have thought A.I. and technology would be a boon to our environment/ecosystem. It was painted in my head that growth technology depletes our resources and is unhealthy for our environment.

Something I am interested to find out more about after the visit is the Huawei Cloud and cloud in general. The Huawei Cloud is the 5th largest cloud service available currently in the market and I personally am in awe of just how much information can be stored in a cloud. I personally feel that it is very interesting as the cloud connects every aspect of technology and essentially gives A.I. the information to train and carry out machine learning. With this said, the current trends are moving towards big data and it seems as though data will be the new currency. Therefore, I would like to learn more about this cloud to keep ahead of the times and stay relevant.

Overall, this field trip was an eye-opener that taught me much about the world of A.I. I am extremely grateful to be given this opportunity to visit Huawei’s A.I. Lab and would definitely go again, maybe even for a future internship. The A.I. world is rapidly growing, and I hope to be a part of it.

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