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Sony Makes AI Investment, Looks To Next-Gen Tech

Sony is looking to the development of next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, having teamed up with US start-up Cogitai.

Cogitai, which aims to develop AI tech that “empowers machines to learn continually from interaction with the real world”, was founded in September last year, with Sony having invested an undisclosed sum in the start-up.

Sony states that the “two companies plan to collaborate towards the development of novel AI technologies using deep reinforcement learning with prediction technology that could be used as the basis for the next generation of AI applications and products”.

“Sony and Cogitai both consider the next challenge for AI to be the creation of systems that can autonomously and continually learn from experience – autonomous cognitive development systems (or continual learning systems) that exhibit flexible competence and can learn to react properly in a wide variety of task domains,” Sony stated upon announcing the investment.

“These systems will allow machines to autonomously build up their own knowledge and skills from interactive experience with the real world, and then to share and extend their knowledge, skills and understanding with each other.”

Toshimoto Mitomo, Sony Corporation corporate executive in charge of intellectual property and mid-to-long-term business development, stated that the two companies “have complementary views on the future direction of AI”.

“By working with Cogitai, we can combine the expertise of some of the best brains in the field of AI with our world-class engineers and technologies, such as sensing technologies, to develop products that may truly change the world,” Mitomo commented.

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