Sony Corporation (“Sony”) has announced the formation of Sony AI. The new venture, which has offices in Japan, Europe and the United States, will drive basic research and development of AI (artificial intelligence). Sony AI’s mission is to “use AI to stimulate human imagination and creativity”.
Sony AI will combine basic research and development with Sony’s technology assets, particularly in image and sensing solutions, robotics and entertainment (games, music and movies), to transform existing business areas and contribute to the creation of new business areas. In addition, one of Sony AI’s long-term goals is to help address common global issues outside sony’s business.
Sony AI will drive AI research and development in both physical and virtual spaces through a number of flagship projects and other exploratory research projects, including AI Ethics.
In the first phase, Sony AI will launch three flagship projects in the areas of gaming, imaging and sensing, and foodscience. The adoption of new AI technologies developed through these flagship projects is critical to further enhancing the value of Sony’s gaming and sensor business in the coming years. These studies will work closely with the relevant business units of the Sony Group.
Sony AI’s global head will be Hiroshi Kitano, president and chief executive of Sony Computer Science Labs; Sony executives, and Peter Stone, the U.S. division.
Hongming Kitano: Current lying executive officer of Sony Corporation, President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratory Co., Ltd., director of the Institute of Systems Biology. Professor, Okinawa University of Science and Technology. Founding President of the Robot World Cup Federation. Chairman of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) (2009-2011). Member of the AI and Robotics Technical Committee (2016-2018) and the Quantum Computing Committee (2019-2020). He won the IJCAI Computer and Thought Award in 1993, the Electronic Art Award in 2000 and the Natural Science Innovation Guidance Award in 2009. Invited artists at the Venice Biennale in 2000 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2001.
Peter Stone David Bruton Jr.: Centennial Professor of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin. Alfred H. P. Sloan Fellow (2004-2006), Guggenheim Fellow, AAAI Fellow and Fulbright Scholar (2008-2009). In 2007, he was awarded the IJCAI Computer and Thought Award. President of the Robot World Cup Federation. One of the most cited researchers in the academic papers on intensive learning and robotics.