Huawei rotating chairman Ken Hu.

SHENZHEN-BASED multinational company Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., launched a recruitment program to attract top talent in a crowded tech industry. 

“When we talk about innovation, the first word that comes to our mind is talent,” said Huawei rotating chairman Ken Hu at the 19th annual Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen on April 26, a day after the TopMinds recruitment program was launched on the company website.

“We don’t care where you’re from, where you graduated, or what you studied,” he said. “As long as you have a dream for the future and believe you can make it happen, we want you to come and join us. We provide world-class challenges, a powerful platform, and all the resources you need to explore the unknown.”  

Cloud migration is an inevitable trend, but organizations are facing problems in cloud adoption, said Mr. Hu.  

“We help them address this,” he added. “For those unwilling to adopt because they are worried about security, we [advise] local dedicated clouds for more sensitive requirements. For those not sure how to use the cloud, we create dedicated teams to help get their talent up to speed.” 

Despite facing faced difficulties because of “unwarranted sanctions,” the firm will “keep the ball rolling through non-stop innovation,” Mr. Hu said.   

Key areas of innovation include: 

  • enabling 10 Gbps connections everywhere with 5.5G and F5.5G, to allow for a more immersive experience in homes, as well as low latency in industrial settings; 
  • redefining systems architectures for individual nodes, foundational software, and data centers, to increase system performance and energy efficiency;  
  • building MetaStudio, an end-to-end digital content pipeline, to expedite digital content production;
  • providing a user-centric intelligent experience called AI (artificial intelligence) Life, in order to accelerate the convergence of the physical and digital worlds; and  
  • boosting the generation of renewable energy by redefining the PV (photovoltaic or solar panel) sector with AI and cloud capabilities. 

“We have to work with industry partners… to bring the 10 Gbps experience everywhere,” said Mr. Hu, adding that this speed will enable ultra high-definition videos and holographic applications (which 1 Gbps connections, the current typical speed, cannot handle).

MetaStudio, he added, was a response to the rapid convergence of the digital and physical worlds. A film that used to take six months to render can be done in two weeks with MetaStudio, according to Mr. Hu. 

“[MetaStudio] greatly shortens the film production cycle,” he added. “We look forward to digital content generated with this cloud surface.”  

Dr. Zhou Hong, president of Huawei’s Institute of Strategic Research, also shared the two questions Huawei hopes to address in the future: how machines perceive the world, and man’s ability to build models that teach machines how to understand it; and how we can better understand the physiological mechanisms of the human body, and human intent and intelligence.  

“Everything we imagine today is very likely to be too conservative — too little — for tomorrow,” he said at the April 26 summit. He pointed out that when he was a college student 30 years ago, people had to queue to make a long-distance phone call. Whereas today, everyone can make a video call using a small gadget.   

“We have to meet the future with bold hypotheses and a bold vision, and throw caution to the wind as we push to break through bottlenecks in theory and technology. This is the only way forward,” Mr. Zhou said. — Patricia B. Mirasol