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Samsung to launch AI research hub in Cambridge

Korean tech giant Samsung is planning to launch an Artificial Intelligence research centre in Cambridge .

The Samsung AI Centre is going to be chaired by Professor Andrew Blake, an AI expert and former director of Microsoft’s Cambridge Laboratory.

In a statement, Samsung said it was considering whether expanding its R&D staff across Britain, possibly increasing the number of employees from the 250 to 400 in the next few months.

Samsung Electronics’ executive vice president  Seunghwan Cho said in a statement: “This new artificial intelligence research centre in Cambridge is one of the key milestones in the long-term strategy of the company. In this new world of connected devices and services based on AI, Samsung’s vision is to help people do their jobs and live their lives better. We enable a physical connection between people and information, finding new ways of working together to develop more human-centred technology that serves the needs of users first.”

Professor Blake also commented on the news in a written statement: “The centre’s research will help us to better understand human behaviour, exploring areas like emotion recognition, and further expand the boundaries of user-centric communication to develop AI technologies that ultimately improve people’s lives,” he said.

The announcement comes after the UK government listed AI among its industrial priorities. Prime Minister Theresa May, accordingly, issued a statement on the matter.

“Today’s announcement by Samsung will create high-paying, high-skilled jobs and our modern Industrial Strategy will encourage further investment like this all around the country,” she said.

“It is a vote of confidence in the UK as a world leader in artificial intelligence, and the new AI research centre will benefit from the world-renowned talent and academic prowess of Cambridge.”

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