He Baohong, the cloud computing and big data research institute under the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology gives a speech on a sharing meeting held in Beijing on Dec 26. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn] With the increasing demand for digital transformation and policies on 'new infrastructure', data center market in China continues to grow at a steady clip, said He Baohong, the cloud computing and big data research institute under the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology on a sharing meeting held in Beijing on Dec 26. At present, the global data center is growing at an annual growth rate of 10%. ""With the rapid development of 5G, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and the commercial application of these new cutting-edge technologies, the demand for data processing and information interaction is increasing, which will speed up the construction of data centers and lead to explosive growth of the industry. The data center needs to upgrade from an Internet-oriented data center to a society-oriented, digital society-oriented, new infrastructure-oriented, social infrastructure," said He Baohong. He said he remains bullish on prospects for the data center sector. "Internet companies have made the biggest contribution to the sector, followed by traditional financial industry, governments, manufacturing industry and energy industry,"He said. According to statistics from the China Academy of Information and Communication, big datas industry has grown steadily, and the market size has remained at about 30 per cent over the past five years. Big data' s entrepreneurial window is basically closed, and the number of new enterprises around big data is getting smaller and smaller in recent years, but the data market is still growing at a high speed. At present, big data is most widely used in finance, medical care and government affairs. He Baohong believes that the business model is increasingly shifting from selling hardware facilities to software services. Customers' demand for big data services has increased significantly, and what they need is soft services in terms of data, not just hardware facilities. The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the profound changes of the world. In 2020, the global AI industry grew steadily, and so far, medical health has become the most successful field of artificial intelligence application. During the COVID-19 pandemic, AI-assisted diagnosis, intelligent infrared temperature screening and the widespread use of medical robots have accelerated this process. Great progress has been made in biomedical, health and biological aspects such as the development of new drugs by using AI. In addition, China's medical AI products three types of medical device registration certificate to achieve a "zero breakthrough." He Baohong said that there are three directions in the progress of AI: data basically depends on people, computing power basically depends on money, and algorithms basically rely on heaps. Next, we need a lightweight, low-cost AI, which will differentiate AI in the future.