Toshiba has developed a service that uses artificial intelligence to draw up train schedules that minimize delays -- a boon for operators dealing with the busy, complex networks in such countries as the U.K.
Can Japan compete in the global battle for dominance in artificial intelligence and robotics that is under way? A long-standing strength in AI research gives the United States an advantage that is reinforced by the deep bench of AI talent at its numerous universities and tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft.
Researchers from Kyoto University and the University of Oxford said they have succeeded in recognizing the faces of wild chimpanzees with an accuracy of over 90 percent using artificial intelligence.
A Tokyo-based IT venture has developed a system for automatically judging the appetite of cultured fish using artificial intelligence (AI).
The company, which provides digital map services to the likes of Foursquare and Lonely Planet in its home market, now counts one of Japan's biggest construction conglomerates as a customer. The shift is part of Mapbox's bet on automation and smart industry as future opportunities for growth.
Hitachi Construction Machinery will bring an artificial intelligence service designed to predict excavator malfunctions to China, as the Japanese company looks to build on its group's partnership with Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings.
Bill Huang likes to think in hundred-year cycles. A former telecoms engineer, Huang founded CloudMinds in 2015, driven by the belief that the unstoppable rise of artificial intelligence and the widespread adoption of robotics will outpace the capabilities of computer chips. His solution: to build a "cloud brain" that connects millions of robots in homes, offices and factories with the vast computing power of remote servers. CloudMinds' pitch, with its huge ideas, long-term vision and its worldview centered on the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence, was almost guaranteed to appeal to Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SoftBank Group.
The Japanese government will fund a program to develop artificial-intelligence-powered software that performs simultaneous interpretation in 15 languages, aiming to have it ready by the 2025 World Expo in Osaka.
Japanese information technology group Fujitsu will offer financial institutions a credit-scoring tool that uses artificial intelligence to screen prospective borrowers.
Drawing lessons from one of the worst disasters in the nation’s history, a team of Japanese researchers is developing an artificial intelligence-based tsunami-forecasting system set for release in fiscal 2020 that could help limit loss of life and property in future calamities.