Overview of the World Intelligence Congress
Since 2017, the World Intelligence Congress (WIC) has been successfully held three times and has become a top-level event in the global intelligence science and technology field for academic exchanges, exhibitions, open innovation and deepening cooperation. The WIC, with the goal of boosting the deep integration of artificial intelligence with economic and social development, building a community of shared future for mankind, and creating a world-class pioneer city in artificial intelligence, first floated“intelligent science and technology” and made remarkable achievements in the dissemination of advanced concepts, the establishment of an international platform, the release of industrial policies, and the deepening of strategic cooperation. President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China sent a congratulatory letter to the opening of the WIC. In the letter, he proposed to build a platform for communication, cooperation and win-win sharing through the WIC to promote the healthy development of the next generation of artificial intelligence (AI) and better benefit the people of all countries in the world.
Characteristics of the 3rd WIC
First, it featured high specification. The 3rd WIC was co-sponsored by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Radio and Television Administration, the Cyberspace Administration of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the China Association for Science and Technology and the Tianjin Municipal People’s Government. The 3rd WIC was engaged in deep cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), and developed strategic partnership with 15 enterprises including Alibaba, Baidu, Huawei, BCG and ABB.
Second, it had a wide-ranging agenda. The 3rd WIC included main forums, thematic forums, closed-door meetings and training lectures, which promoted the implementation and sharing of intelligent science and technology. During the Congress, a world intelligent science and technology exhibition was held，with 157 domestic and foreign enterprises and institutions exhibiting and 521,000 visitors attending. The 3rd WIC also held a variety of competitions, including China (Tianjin) Industrial App Innovation & Application Competition, China Hualu Cup·Data Lake Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, World Intelligent Underwater Robots Challenge, RoboCup Asia-Pacific Tianjin Invitational Tournament 2019 and the 1st International Intelligent Games. All this helped form a “four in one” international platform of intelligent conferences, exhibitions, competitions and intelligent experiences. At the closing ceremony, taking an unmanned car, the host conducted a “dialogue over time and space” with Einstein whose image and voice were generated by the multi-modal synthesis technology.
Third, it was highly academic. Under the theme of “Intelligence New Era: Progress, Planning and Opportunity”, the 3rd WIC attracted 39 experts, scholars and entrepreneurs from home and abroad who delivered speeches at the opening ceremony and summits, and shared new achievements, new trends and new blueprints of the intelligent science and technology industry. The 3rd WIC gathered more than 5,000 dignitaries, scientists, entrepreneurs, academicians and experts from all over the world, who discussed the cutting-edge trend of intelligent science and technology and looked forward to the development of the intelligent industry. Focusing on such topics as smart city, 5G industry, industrial Internet, artificial intelligence and safety, intelligent healthcare, and artificial intelligence and the rule of law, 34 well-attended paralleled forums provided a high-end platform for exchanges and communication.
Fourth, it highlighted the intelligent science and technology industry. During the 3rd WIC, Tianjin signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the China Association of Science and Technology. The Congress published Policies on Accelerating the Development of the Intelligent Science and Technology Industry, established the 10 billion special funds for smart manufacturing and the 100 billion funds for the intelligent science and technology industry, and rolled out the “Haihe River Talent” Action Plan. All this provided powerful support for the development of the intelligent science and technology industry. The Congress witnessed 145 projects signed with an estimated investment of RMB 121.02 billion (USD 17.2 billion) and a promotion mechanism for intelligent science and technology projects was established to facilitate the coordination between the city and its affiliated districts, which resulted in 3,717 signed projects and an agreement investment of RMB 231.1 billion (USD 32.8 billion). These efforts aimed to translate the influence of the Congress into industrial competitiveness. Remarkable achievements were thus made in invigorating the industry, gathering talents and attracting investment through the Congress.
At present, Tianjin’s intelligent science and technology industry has covered nine advantageous areas—independence, safety and reliability, big data and cloud computing, intelligent connected vehicles, intelligent terminal, advanced communication, robots, intelligent security, intelligent healthcare and smart manufacturing. It is home to more than 300 intelligent high-tech enterprises with annual revenue from main business of over RMB 100 billion (USD 14.21 billion).
The 4th WIC will be tentatively scheduled for April 23-26, 2020 and its theme is tentatively “Intelligence New Era: Integration, Innovation and Ecology”. The most influential academic authorities, industrial elites, international institutions and professional media from the world’s intelligent science and technology field will gather in Tianjin for the grand event, in which they will stir thoughts, generate the spark of wisdom, build consensus and discuss the future. The Congress will attract frontier ideas, top technologies, high-end products in global intelligent science and technology, as well as create the most authoritative, quality and standard global event taking lead in the trend of the intelligent era.