Sony chief Hirai places faith in artificial intelligence

©Bloomberg A decade after pulling the plug on its humanoid and doggy robots, Qrio and Aibo, Sony is making a new bet on intelligent machines in an effort to reboot its once-iconic consumer electronics. But Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s chief executive, says the move is not a nostalgic return to the old days as Japan’s gadget king. Having only emerged from a phase of restructuring that saw its laptop business go, Sony is banking on the robotics business as a gateway not only into homes, but also into factories, warehouses and companies. More On this topic IN Companies “It’s not about us getting back into the Aibo business. It’s us dipping our feet into a bigger area of new electronics in artificial intelligence and robotics,” Mr Hirai says in an interview.…

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