Baidu Research Unveils Top 10 Tech Trends for 2023

Baidu Research, a leading AI research lab initiated by Baidu, released its predictions on January 5 for the top 10 technology trends of 2023, including big models, digital-real convergence, virtual-real symbiosis, autonomous driving, robotics, scientific computing, quantum computing, privacy computing, ethics in technology, and sustainability.

This is the fourth consecutive year in which Baidu Research has released its top 10 technology trends outlook. Over the past four years, AI has become a founding pillar of technological development. Baidu will showcase its latest tech innovations, including those that are on the top tech trends list for the year, at its annual AI developers conference Baidu Create on January 10.

Baidu summarized the characteristics of each trend. For big models, the company expects that as industry big models play a role in a growing number of fields in the future, the result will be the emergence of a wider industry big model ecosystem.

Baidu has exerted great efforts in its autonomous driving business through Apollo Go, an autonomous ride-hailing service platform, and believes that in 2023, the commercialization of autonomous driving in major cities in China will see simultaneous growth in both the scope of operation and fleet size.

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Regarding virtual-real symbiosis, Baidu mentioned the Web3 technologies that will create a new multi-centered, more open, fair and secure web space in which users can exchange information and value with more safety, virtual simulation, AI-generated content, immersive experience services brought about by VR/AR and the high-speed data transmission capability.

“The future digital society will be built on advanced intelligent networks, the Internet of Things, blockchain, and other new forms of infrastructure, with natural human-computer interaction and AI serving as a key interaction platform. Virtual-real symbiosis technology will merge the physical and digital worlds, enhancing our experiences and capabilities in both realms,” said Qinping Zhao, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Honorary Chairman of the Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance.