Sony announces the launch of AI division with offices in Japan, Europe and the US
Ever since the announced return of Aibo's adorable dog robot back in 2016, the Sony Corporation has increased its focus on developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology that would improve the variety of its products as well as create new avenues of business.
Now, the Tokyo-based gadget-and-entertainment conglomerate has launched its Sony AI division, which will engage in the research and development of various projects in the field of artificial intelligence.
The new division will incorporate Sony’s outstanding R&D track record with the company’s exclusive technological assets, including imaging and sensory equipment, robotics and entertainment solutions.
In addition to including robotics products such as Aibo, which has recently received software updates, the new artificial intelligence department will also engage in R&D projects involving imaging, sensing, entertainment such as movies and games and even food preparation technologies.
A rather unexpected aspect of Sony AI’s announcement is its flagship gastronomy project. In a Sony concept video, the company proposed the idea of a "cooking robot" that relies on autonomous technology to prepare food by following instructions, while no one is home, or to help elderly or disabled persons. Sony AI Global Head, Hiroaki Kitano, had previously led the collaboration of cooking robots with Carnegie Mellon University.
While the division is set to expand current business spheres, it will also help to create new ones. Its long-term goals include to solving global problems that go beyond the company's business model and perform more explorative work, such as AI ethics.
The offices of the newly launched department will be located in Japan, the USA and Europe. The US offices will be run by Peter Stone, a distinguished researcher in the field of computer science.