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Huawei announces new AI innovations at developer conference

2024-06-22 18:00 Last Updated At:18:37

Chinese tech giant Huawei unveiled the Pangu 5.0 large language model at its annual developer conference in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan, with the new model having increased compatibility with various business scenarios and accuracy in tackling complex tasks.

The announcement highlighted Huawei's determination to push the boundaries of AI despite challenges in securing crucial components.

"The Pangu Large Model has helped to reshape many industries, from finance, weather forecasting and coal mining, to smart cars and offices. AI has brought significant enhancements across many fields. AI has always been very important for Huawei. We were the first company in the world to launch on-device AI on smartphones. We believe AI must collaborate with us and serve our needs," said Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei Terminal Business Group.

Huawei also announced plans to launch AI voice repair technology by year-end, aimed at bridging the communication gap for hearing-impaired individuals.

"There are nearly 28 million speech and hearing-impaired individuals in China. We can use AI voice repair to help them communicate better. This function will come online at the end of the year. We will also open up its algorithm to the public, so that more people can benefit from it," said He Gang, CEO of Huawei Terminal Business Group.

Huawei's technological advancements come amid the tech rivalry between China and the United States. Last month, the U.S. revoked more export licenses for chips to Huawei, impacting both the company and its American suppliers.

Huawei reported a strong financial performance in 2023. The company credits this success to improved product offerings, with flagship smartphone sales surging nearly 70 percent in the first half of the year.

While Huawei and other Chinese companies continue to make significant advances, more U.S. suppliers risk losing revenue in the world's largest semiconductor market.

Analysts warn that the blockade of Chinese tech could erode the benefits of technological advancements, which is driven by globalization and fair competition among the world's most cutting-edge firms.

"Semiconductors are global products. No single country or company can monopolize the entire supply chain. While American firms know their technologies are strategic, they cannot sustain long-term growth without fully participating in market circulation, in which China is the largest consumer. Instead of a tit-for-tat response, Beijing should open up to more collaboration, especially in East Asia," said Sun Xingjie, a professor with School of International Relations of Sun Yat-sen University.

Huawei announces new AI innovations at developer conference

Huawei announces new AI innovations at developer conference

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Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

2024-07-19 22:05 Last Updated At:22:57

A sewing workshop has been operating in ruins to mend worn-out clothes for displaced Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, as Israel's continuous destruction of the enclave has made new clothes a luxury almost impossible to come by or afford.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Gaza said in early July that a total of 1.9 million people, around 80 percent of the region's population, were displaced.

However, in a room behind demolished walls in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, a sewing workshop has quietly been set up, with some workers using sewing machines recovered from a bombed-out tailoring workshop to provide mending services.

"I opened the workshop after I was able to recover the sewing machines and some fabric from the old factory. I work to serve all the displaced people of the Gaza Strip, such as people from the al-Mawasi area in Khan Younis and the Nuseirat [refugee camp]," said Abu Samer Shaat, the workshop owner.

The prolonged and intense Israel-Hamas conflict has forced a great number of Gazan families to flee from one place to another. Due to the continuous destruction of their homes and shelters, all they left were the clothes they wear.

Shops, markets and factories were turned into rubble as a result of the Israeli bombing, and the surviving trading sites in Gaza also suffer a shortage of clothes and fabrics due to Israel's ban on entry of goods and materials.

"Our clothes became loose. We had to take them to tailors to mend them as they had become worn out. There are no new clothes in the market. If there are a few, the prices will be very high, and we will not be able to buy them because we do not have any source of income. Our entire lives have come to a halt," said Hoda Al-Maghari, a displaced Palestinian.

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

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