Andrew Ng Thinks AI Can Revive US Manufacturing
AI pioneer Andrew Ng is launching a startup that would initially focus on revitalizing manufacturing, a strategy that parallels the first enterprise deployments of Internet of Things technologies.
Separately, Ng (shown in his "bunny suit," left) announced partnership with Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to develop AI technologies and expertise.
Ng, who led artificial intelligence development at Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and served as chief scientist at China's Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU), said the goal of his startup, Landing.ai, is to extend AI beyond the IT sector and scale the technology in manufacturing settings. Ultimately, he asserted in a blog post, the technology can be used to free users from "repetitive, mental drudgery."
The focus on manufacturing is seen as a way to scale AI and flesh out amorphous concepts like "digital transformation." "It is through manufacturing that human creativity goes beyond pixels on a display to become physical objects," Ng stressed. "By bringing AI to manufacturing, we will deliver a digital transformation to the physical world."