Quotable quotes from 2019 China Internet Conference
Editor's note: The 2019 China Internet Conference kicked off in Beijing on Tuesday. Representatives from government departments, internet industries, as well as experts and scholars at home and abroad gathered in the three-day event with 29 subforums to discuss hot topics such as 5G, IPv6, artificial intelligence and financial technology.
Here are some of the quotable quotes captured from the conference.
Chen Zhaoxiong, vice-minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
The internet, as an important driving force for the digital wave, has promoted the digital economy to become a new engine, model and space for economic growth.
To promote a continued, healthy and rapid development of the internet and the integration of the digital economy and real economy, we should make breakthroughs in core key technologies; upgrade our infrastructure such as 5G, artificial intelligence, the industrial internet and internet of things; promote deep integration of the internet, big data, artificial intelligence and the real economy; and strengthen internet governance.
Wang Jian, Alibaba's technology chief
The internet is still very young - we don't even know what it can do. What we have known before is probably just a beginning.
When the internet can connect people's brains, which is the most difficult part, it will be the beginning of a real internet.
The value created by internet companies, whether from Google or Facebook, search engines or social media, is important to people. Meanwhile, their business value, in fact, has not seen a major change -- all survive on advertising.
Wang Xiaochuan, CEO of Sogou
As the power of the internet is growing, it is necessary for the internet to take on more responsibility, and take care of the national economy and people's livelihoods.
It's hard for people to kick the habit of using search engines for medical information -- more than 50 percent of people still use search engines for health concerns. Search engines today play an important role in connecting users with medical information and hospitals.
In the next stage, there will be internet companies using technology to have a greater connection with public hospitals, and they will work together to build the medical system, which is expected to see new integration in the next five to 10 years.
Qi Xiangdong, chairman of Qi An Xin Group
The winter of the internet industry, which started last year, is a result of old-style thinking. Some companies still stick to the way of thinking or practices from 20 years ago, which will definitely fail in today's internet.
For a company's business, business to business has taken the lead in today's development and become the mainstream for starting a business, while business to consumer was over the hill.
Mouse clicks, eye-catching or good catches are common words in the business-to-consumer sector, while business to business emphasizes scenarios and customization. We first have to learn from customers, meet their needs and then create value for them.
Ma Bin, vice-president of Tencent
In face of external changes, we have to think about our success model and whether it is still useful in the future. Can we take a step out of the comfort zone? How should we change when the future really comes? Knowledge can be out of date, and only rapid iteration can help us connect with the future.
We should make full use of the internet industry cycle and grasp its rhythms. Choosing what not to do is more important than doing.
The first half of the internet has taken advantage of some weaknesses in human nature. People are lazy, greedy and vainglorious, so it comes with reviews, various levels and all kinds of free things.
Wu Hao, director of the application market for consumer business at Huawei
Huawei encountered some minor difficulties in May this year during its development over 30 years. We would like to express our gratitude for all the concern, encouragement and support from the whole industry.
For overseas markets, Huawei works to build an "ecological base". We believe the mobile phone has been at the center of the user experience for a quite long period of time, and around the mobile phone are TV, smart audio, glasses, wearable equipment and cars, followed by the whole ecosystem. Huawei provides a platform in the middle to connect the large number of consumers and developers in the ecosystem.
China only accounts for one-fifth of the world's population, and another four-fifths of the market needs domestic companies to develop. If we don't explore this market, our ecosystem is not a complete or self-reliant one. We hope everyone can join Huawei to acquire customers around the world and build a self-reliant ecosystem.
Yan Mi, senior vice-president and chief technology officer for Beike Zhaofang
The digitization of the psychological world is even more difficult -- the core is trust. In a scene full of distrust, there will be a lot of business opportunities.
People do not have enough trust in real estate agents or companies. On the one hand, agents lack professional dignity and are not respected. On the other hand, the user experience is quite poor -- everyone wonders if the agents could lie.
We strive to enhance trust through improvements in science and technology. We have done a lot through artificial intelligence and other technology to solve the problem of "variance" among people in work -- different service quality among different agents, so every agent can achieve at the same level and provide better service.
Xiong Wen, CEO of iQiyi Intelligent
By combining 5G and virtual reality, TV audiences can be not only scriptwriters, but also directors and even actors. They can personally participate in the story, change the direction of the story, and interact according to the storyline. This will become a new form of entertainment between video and games.
In the future, because of VR technology, we can create countless parallel universes, and each of us will have a parallel world -- like the movie Ready Player One describes, but even beyond that. You can be a master of another parallel world and have another identity and social relations.
Wu Hequan, president of the Internet Society of China and member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering
The 5G technology will enter to the stage of large commercial use in 2020, and the share of the internet of vehicles will also be improved. In the future, 5G can support autonomous driving, and the future use of 5G will boost the development of auto electronics, networking and relevant services. It will create an output value of about $1.5 trillion per year, which is larger than the volume of the current automotive industry.
What will 5G bring about in the future? The new format of mobile communication cannot be preplanned by people, but by the network capability in the future. The debut of 5G will bring new applications that we still cannot imagine at present.