Samsung, the South Korean tech giant, has announced it will launch a new robotics-focused AI center in New York.
The new center will be headed up by Sebastian Seung, executive vice-president of Samsung research, and will be led by Daniel D. Lee, also an executive vice-president of Samsung research and a global authority in AI robotics. The move is part of Samsung's plan to employ 1,000 AI specialists by 2020 in an effort to become a leader in AI research globally.
The new center will be Samsung's sixth global AI research facility, with the other five centers located in South Korea, the UK, Canada, Russia and an additional US base located in Silicon Valley.
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Of the announcement, Hyun-suk Kim, president and head of Samsung research, commented: "What we need now is to focus on creating new values that make people's lives easier and more convenient by harnessing the power of AI in Samsung's products and services."
He added: "To do this, our Global AI Centers, including the New York AI Center, must play a pivotal role."
Robotics are a crucial application of AI for technology developers, both for its usage in the final product and for manufacturing processes.
"Considering the use of Samsung's technologies for industries such as manufacturing, AI-powered robotics will be an important part of the company's future business," predicted Artificial Intelligence News. "Expect plenty of Samsung's resources to be allocated here to see off competition."