Japanese government seeks industry partners for AI future

The Japanese government has set a new research and development strategy, with a focus on using artificial intelligence and big data to solve some of the country’s biggest problems. The strategy involves building partnerships between government, industry and academia, to develop science and technology to tackle challenges such as ageing, low productivity growth and improving wellbeing. A new laboratory is to be opened in Tokyo by the Riken Center for Advanced Integrated Intelligence Research, which was launched in April 2016 with government funding. Researchers from companies such as Toyota Motor and NEC will study at the lab. In a speech at the Science and Technology in Society (STS) annual forum in Kyoto earlier in October, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe outlined his vision for the the country’s future, where “the…

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