Samsung Goes All-In on AI

Samsung Goes All-In on AI
The company wants all its products to have artificial intelligence built in within two years.

(CCM) — Samsung is launching a drive to turn all its products into smart devices, and expects that all its consumer offerings will have artificial intelligence built into them by 2020, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The company sells about half a billion devices and appliances every year, so to accomplish this goal the company is building a team of 1,000 AI experts to work on enhancing Samsung's AI capabilities in many different areas, the report says.

The company has already released its Bixby intelligent assistant, but its capabilities lag far behind rivals such as Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant. An enhanced Bixby 2.0 is expected to be released in the second half of 2018, and will likely be included in the next iteration of Samsung's Galaxy Note series. The company has promised that Bixby 2.0 will be faster to respond, it will work better in noisy environments, and its natural language capabilities will be given a big boost.

It is likely that an even more capable AI than Bixby 2.0 will be built into Samsung's appliances including fridges and washing machines, as well as into its mobile devices and smart speaker products, to help Samsung meet its 2020 target.

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