Korea faces long road in AI drive

Lack of IT originality a major obstacle to machine learning industryBy Lee Min-hyungKorea’s tendency to mimic foreign technologies is a major obstacle facing the burgeoning local artificial intelligence (AI) industry, experts said Wednesday.The AI industry is drawing public attention as machine learning is making headlines here thanks to a historical five-game go match, starting today between Google-developed AI system AlphaGo and world go champion Lee Se-dol.Global IT giants such as Google, Microsoft and IBM, identify AIs and machine learning as their next growth area, as the technology allows machines to make humanlike predictions by using massive datasets.Local tech firms are also jumping on the AI bandwagon, but have failed to measure up to industry-leading standards as in the United States or Japan.This reflects the nation’s decades-long habit of imitating foreign…

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