In 1997, Hiroaki Kitano, a research scientist at Sony, helped arrange the first Robocup, a robotic soccer event that drew groups of robotics and artificial intelligence researchers to compete in the charming city of Nagoya, Japan.
On the first day, two groups of robots took to the pitch.
Such was the state robotics and AI at the time. It took a machine minutes to understand its situation and work out what to do next. However, a lot has changed, with AI more and more helping machines, from self-driving automobiles to surveillance cameras, to perceive and behave in smart ways.
Kitano now leads a new effort at Sony, declared in November, to infuse innovative AI across the corporate. The Japanese titan believes AI will build smarter cameras, more intelligent videogame characters, and even the first useful kitchen robots.
Kitano says Sony believes AI is making rapid progress that the company wanted to make the technology primary to its strategy.
Sony’s step stands out among massive firms’ efforts to include AI. It lags behind Silicon Valley juggernauts in researching and harnessing AI.
Sony is more centered on content creation and leisure than the likes of Google, Facebook, or Apple.
The Japanese titan is now looking to match America’s AI titans by betting strongly on a robust, however, nonetheless comparatively experimental approach to AI known as reinforcement learning.