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Why Alibaba Convened 13 Top Scientists to its Headquarters in Hangzhou?

By ESC Editorial Team, over 6 years ago Business
Why Alibaba Convened 13 Top Scientists to its Headquarters in Hangzhou?

Jack Ma once said he was a technology idiot, but he is still a 100% technology fanatic. 

On 11th October 2017, 13 scientists from Chinese and American academies as well as fellows from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers gathered together at Alibaba’s headquarter in Hangzhou. Interested in the grand plan they were plotting? There are some clues shown below.

In the first Alibaba Technology Conference held in March 2017, Jack Ma announced the launch of its own NASA Project, aimed at accelerating the pace of technology developments to meet the emerging needs of future economies. At the conference, he encouraged the scientists and engineers of the world to devote themselves to the new technologies.  

At present, Alibaba has a reserve of technical talents of more than 20,000 engineers and over 500 doctors and has been attracting a large number of technological elites working overseas to come back to China. Jin Rong, a tenured professor at the Michigan State University, joined Alibaba to become one of the founders of the Institute of Data Science and Technologies (iDST), the core of Alibaba’s artificial intelligence team, and also serves as the current dean of iDST. Ren Xiaofeng, who had been ranked as the top-level Chinese scientist at Amazon, is now the assistant dean of iDST. And Shi Yaoyun, a world renowned quantum computing scientist, also a tenured professor at the University of Michigan and recipient of a Career Award of the National Science Foundation, joined Alibaba recently as the chief quantum technology scientist at AliCloud.

At the same time, Alibaba has made significant progress in in-depth cooperation with the Chiness government in major national scientific research projects. For example, Alibaba, together with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, set up a joint laboratory of quantum computing; and joined hands with the National Astronomical Observatory in the construction of a "national observatory AliCloud astronomy big data joint research centre", specifically targeting quantum computing, optical astronomy, radio astronomy and other top scientific research fields.

In addition, for nearly 10 years, Alibaba has been investing in core basic technologies such as ultra-large-scale computing operating system, mobile operating system, financial-level distributed database, and machine learning platform. The wide coverage of business scenarios including the Double 11 Shopping Festival, cloud computing and logistics is driving Alibaba farther in internet engineering and technology.

Alibaba wishes to build the 5th largest economy in the world, serve for 2 billion global consumers, create 10 million new jobs and help 10 million enterprises make profit. The new economy should be fuelled by new infrastructures and new reflections on technology. So, what’s next from Alibaba? We will just have to wait and see.

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