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Scientist Ng brings AI to manufacturing

By Zhang Jie | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-12-15 14:08
Andrew Ng, a well-known figure on AI and machine learning areas. [Photo/IC]

Artificial intelligence pioneer Andrew Ng launched a new AI company Landing.ai on Thursday.

On the same day, the company announced a strategic cooperation with electronics contractor Foxconn to develop a program that aims to bring AI and machine learning technologies to the manufacturing industry.

According to Ng's statement, his company is developing a series of programs to help enterprises transform for the age of AI, including providing new technologies to optimize companies’ organizations structures, train employees, and more. The company's businesses will start in the manufacturing industry.

Ng said the AI technology is conductive to manufacturing enterprises to improve quality testing process, shorten products' design cycle, remove bottleneck of supply chain, reduce waste on materials and energy and raise output.

AI will revitalize manufacturing industry and generate jobs in the industry, he said. I In the age of AI, the employees need to accept new skills training to fit jobs that will be more complex than before, Ng added.

Landing.ai will provide solutions to some employees who are likely to be laid off, Ng said. Currently, the company is discussing the training plan with some potential partners including local governments.

Landing.ai is Andrew Ng's second AI program. Earlier, he built an AI-based online courses learning platform Deeplearning.ai. As a well-known figure on AI and machine learning areas, he participated in the Google Brain project and worked for Baidu's AI group.

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