Huawei CEO holds dialogue with US tech experts

NEW YORK: Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei had a discussion with two American technological gurus, George Gilder and Nicholas Negroponte, at the company’s headquarters..
Ren and the two technical experts discussed the industry and way of life at a crossroads.
The CEO believes the artificial intelligence industry is a driving force for human society, and people need to be inclusive and not regard AI as “negative” future technology.
Ren said that Huawei has been committed to business ethics and compliance with laws and regulations since the company was started. “Huawei didn’t, and will never steal, intellectual property,” he said in the discussion.
The CEO also said the theme of the world is collaboration, and only through collaboration can the world meet the demands of humans.
Here are some highlighted video clips from Ren’s talks: I think a lot of the innovation in China today, though flourishing, is application innovation, which is built upon a global innovation network, the CEO said.
If you take a global view, I think our innovation has setbacks, and we need to work hard in our basic theory and education, he added.
Huawei is always willing to work together with universities and scientists, the CEO said. We also follow the Bayh-Dole Act of the United States in working together with universities — we make investments but do not seek any achievement from the partnerships, Ren added.
The CEO also said that there are so many universities out there and there will always be someone who wants to work with Huawei.
Huawei is a normative company with ethics; although the company is locked in a series of lawsuits on intellectual property, it still believes American courts’ judgments will be equitable and fair, Ren said.
Some reports saying that Huawei steals patents, this is impossible, Ren added.
Huawei has many patents for 5G, but will not use these patents as weapon to restrain the development of human society, Ren said.
In the future, Huawei will not overcharge other companies using its patents, said Ren.
Huawei will not substantially reduce staff headcount, but business consolidation is ongoing, Ren said.
The company has successfully reallocated employees from non-core to core business without unrest in society or the company.
The restructuring of the company is not due to attack or a business downturn, but because some areas are not core business and the company wants to focus on key sectors.
China’s tech giant Huawei will invest $100 billion in the next five years to make network infrastructure more efficient and reliable, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said Monday.
Despite the financial blows the company is bearing, Ren said there was no plan to reduce research spending and promised to make more contributions to theoretical science in the future.
The attacks from the United States cannot stop Huawei from moving forward, Ren said.
Ren estimated that the company’s revenues could drop to around $100 billion this year and the next, but he expected a revival in 2021.
He said the major goal for human society is to create wealth and help more people to shake off poverty. Only through collaboration and development can humans’ needs be met, he said.
Ren made the remark when having a dialogue with US futurist George Gilder and Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen.