Academics and Industry Leaders discuss AI at Samsung Global AI Forum

“Today’s forum will provide an important opportunity for us to gain insights from global experts on how to prepare for the AI era. Samsung is determined to navigate through any challenges facing us along the way. Our passion and commitment together with your ideas and insights will help us take the lead in the age of AI.”

President and CEO of Samsung Electronics, BK Yoon to attendants at the Samsung Global AI Forum

The first ever Samsung Global AI Forum enabled leading thinkers from across the industry to share their insights, talk about best practices and investigate opportunities for collaboration. The event took place in New York at Samsung 837, Samsung’s marketing experience center. It happened at a time when discussion around AI is increasing in importance, with the technology expected to bring about dynamic changes.

An audience of academics, thought leaders and industry experts gathered to discuss the future of artificial intelligence (AI) including:

  • Professor Zoubin Ghahramani of the University of Cambridge
  • Professor Barry Smyth of University College Dublin
  • Professor Alexander Rush of Harvard University
  • Professor Rob Fergus of New York University

They had been invited to the Samsung Global AI Forum along with Samsung Electronics executives and staff. The talked about the major areas of AI application and how the hindrances in advanced AI algorithms can be overcome.

Clearly, Samsung intends to apply AI to their smartphones and appliances Rob Fergus, Assistant Professor at New York University was quick to point out, quote: “Samsung has a significant number of consumer devices, and it puts the company in a unique position to apply its technology in smartphones as well as home appliances. I think Samsung has a lot of potential for deploying AI in practice for a number of interesting applications.”

Their refrigerators, for which they have won several innovation awards as noted in How Samsung won 100 Innovation Awards at CES 2016, may be the first to receive the AI treatment, followed by smartphones.

The forum consisted of four separate sessions:

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Data Analytics/Recommendation System
  • Overcoming Limitations in AI

So what exactly was discusses in each of these sessions?

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In the first session on Natural Language Processing, participants reviewed the current stage of development in voice recognition and voice command technology and discussed ways to achieve a higher level of language processing in the future.


The next session on Computer Vision covered the advancement of deep learning technology in image recognition, including its application in areas such as shopping, search, and autonomous driving.

In the session on Data Analytics/Recommendation System, the participants discussed on how to drive consumer innovation and production efficiencies by leveraging data, which has been growing rapidly due to increasing smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The last session addressed the future of deep learning technology and its limitations to apply in many areas which relate to interpreting the vast amount of quality data and the flexible application of algorithms.

Samsung announced its plans to make the Samsung Global AI Forum an annual event. This is so that they can contribute to AI technology development and technology innovation via discussion. It will also allow them to strengthen their global network of AI scholars to speed up the rollout of the technology in the future.


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