AI is again a big topic at Japanese Sony.
Cogitai, a new company aimed at developing and commercializing core artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, today announced a strategic investment from Sony Corporation.
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In a statement released today, Cogitai defines its mission as: "Cogitai is focused on addressing one of the biggest problems confronting AI: namely, that no existing AI system has an understanding of the world comparable to a human's. Even small children in the first few years of life develop an understanding of the world far richer and more sophisticated than the most elaborate AI systems on earth."
To address this problem, Cogitai is committed to developing systems that learn continually from their experience.
This is the most basic idea I have heard about AI in a long time. Back when I was studying computer science in the 90s AI hit a wall. Learning AI systems got proposed. I hope Sony catches up quickly to where AI is today as shown by Google and IBM.
Considering the team Sony gathered in Cogitai they might have just to change the marketing message.
Cogitai's founding team members include Mark Ring (a pioneer in continual learning and reinforcement learning), Peter Stone (a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and a leader in reinforcement learning, multiagent systems, and robotics), and Satinder Singh Baveja (a professor at the University of Michigan and a leader in reinforcement learning, intrinsic motivation, and the combination of deep learning and reinforcement learning).
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While neither Cogitai nor Sony are publicly releasing the size of the investment, Cogitai has announced that it will now begin hiring aggressively, seeking "extraordinary applicants" who wish to work alongside leading figures in the field.