On November 18, JD.com released its third-quarter 2021 results. Based on its firm confidence in future growth, JD.com will continue to increase its investment in basic science and underlying technology, and promote both the quantity and efficiency of infrastructure construction. Leveraging the new kinetic energy of deep integration of digital technology and the real economy, JD.com is a partner Expand broader growth space. Since the comprehensive transformation to technology in early 2017, the Jingdong system has invested nearly 75 billion yuan in technology.
Basic technology research, the other side of JD.com
Since the third quarter of this year, JD Exploration Research Institute has continued to strengthen investment and research in basic technologies, and has achieved fruitful results.
Just recently, the AI team of JD Discovery Research Institute won the Best Demonstration Award and Best Open Source Project Award at the 29th ACM Multimedia International AI Summit with its multi-modal interactive digital human technology and cross-modal analysis technology. It proves JD.com’s global leadership in the field of artificial intelligence vision and human-computer interaction.
The multi-modal interactive digital human technology ViDA-Man of JD Discovery Research Institute is committed to creating a human-computer interaction system with multi-sensory interaction capabilities, in-depth research on multi-modal interaction technology, and focusing on the creation of consumer technology products for human-computer interaction. The multi-modal interactive digital human image engine developed based on this technology can provide rapid image customization capabilities, gradually deepening from the digitization of appearance to the interaction of behavior and the intelligence of emotions.
These technologies have been applied on a large scale during the just-concluded Jingdong 11.11. For example, the search application based on computer vision to search for pictures, assisting the “photo shopping” and “matching shopping” functions of voice dialogue interaction technology can help consumers directly match the matching fashion items and create “one-stop shopping”. , a new shopping experience of “one-click purchase”.
Also recently, JD Research and NVIDIA, the world’s leading artificial intelligence and technology company, built the first domestic super-large computing cluster based on the SuperPOD architecture – Tianqin α, and announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement with NVIDIA, the two parties will jointly build artificial intelligence The joint laboratory has in-depth cooperation in large-scale parallel training, automated machine learning, large-scale reasoning acceleration, talent training, etc., and is committed to jointly promoting the breakthrough development of artificial intelligence.
JD.com built the first super large-scale computing cluster based on SuperPOD architecture in China – Tianqin α
In the third quarter, JD.com also cooperated with universities at home and abroad to propose the ViTAE Model and the largest mammalian pose estimation dataset in academia, continuing to promote the world’s leading AI basic research in the field of super deep learning. With JD.com’s ecological advantages in the field of digital and intelligent social supply chain, these cutting-edge research results will help promote the application of AI in retail, logistics, and industrial Internet.
In addition, the research team of the Information Security Laboratory of JD Discovery Research Institute also discovered a high-risk Android 11 system vulnerability chain, and immediately provided Google and other companies with vulnerability information and assisted in repairing, effectively avoiding the threat to the privacy and security of Android users. Companies such as Google and Samsung have released vulnerability patches and publicly thanked the security team of JD.com.
Doing scientific research should aim at the next fifteen years
Technology competition is international competition, and there are no shortcuts. Especially for basic core technologies, it is only possible to achieve breakthroughs by relying on long-term and unremitting investment in research and development. It is better to retreat and build a net instead of looking at the fish. JD.com has continued to invest in the technology field since the beginning of 2017, in order to build future-oriented core technologies and lay a solid foundation for the sustainable development of the industry.
Based on the technological development of various business groups and business units of JD.com, the JD.com Research Institute gathers the resources and capabilities of the entire group, focuses on the exploration of cutting-edge technologies, is committed to realizing an ecological platform for research and collaborative innovation, and empowers JD.com with original technologies Retail, logistics, health, technology and other whole industry chain scenarios, to create a source of technology highland.
Facing the future, the JD Research Institute has clearly focused its research on the three major areas of artificial intelligence: “trusted artificial intelligence”, “super deep learning” and “quantum machine learning”. Facing the field of pan-artificial intelligence, JD Research Institute takes trusted artificial intelligence as the research direction of three to five years, super deep learning as the research direction of five to ten years, and quantum machine learning as the research direction of ten to fifteen years. The direction is mutual succession and gradual progress. In the next three to fifteen years, the JD Research Institute will start from these three research fields, rely on basic theoretical research to achieve subversive innovation, and help the digital and intelligent development of the industry.
Forward-looking basic technology research is the only way for enterprises to build their core competitiveness. In the recently announced “Top 100 New Entity Enterprises in 2021”, Huawei and JD.com are the top two, which fully proves that future industry leaders must continue to invest in the field of basic science and can lead the trend of industrial digitization and digital industrialization. Promote the overall growth of the industry with substance, technology, and ecological inclusiveness, provide the society with a new type of infrastructure that is inclusive and shared, and actively fulfill social responsibilities.
In recent years, JD.com has made a comprehensive layout in artificial intelligence and other technical fields. In the past few years, JD. The important task of building the national “New Generation Intelligent Supply Chain Artificial Intelligence Open Innovation Platform”; taking the lead in undertaking and participating in the Ministry of Science and Technology’s national key R&D program “National Central City Data Management and Knowledge Extraction Technology and System Application”, Ministry of Science and Technology “National New District Digital Twin” System and Converged Network Computing System Construction”, etc.
“AI For Social Good – Adhere to the ethics of technology and make technology with warmth.” Professor Tao Dacheng, dean of the JD Discovery Research Institute, said. Under this vision, JD Exploration Research Institute will continue to study how to combine and connect AI in the new development pattern of dual cycle, carbon neutrality, intelligent supply chain, knowledge accumulation and humanistic development, and realize technological innovation, production and research. Coordination, talent training, scientific research assistance, cross-border integration and scientific and technological fairness, balanced and harmonious development.
Jingdong attaches great importance to the cultivation of technical talents. Statistics show that nearly 80% of the post-90s technical graduates of JD.com have rapidly grown into mature senior talents, and more and more post-90s and post-95s young people are taking up management positions. The youngest is only 28 years old. JD.com has also launched the “Doctoral Management Trainee” talent program to select outstanding doctoral students from top universities at home and abroad. A large number of high-end talents from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingbei, and Ivy League have joined JD.com. They have extraordinary insights or achievements in various technical fields.
As a new type of entity enterprise, JD.com also possesses the genes and attributes of entity enterprises, as well as digital technology and capabilities. Facing the era of industrial digitalization, JD.com will adhere to the mission of “technology-based, committed to a more efficient and sustainable world”, continue to invest in basic science and underlying technologies, and consolidate the “technical foundation of the digitally-intelligent social supply chain” “In the next decade, we will continue to promote the three long-term goals of empowering the real economy, improving social efficiency, and promoting environmental friendliness to create greater social value.