Sony invests in ‘Cogitai’ to enable next generation Artificial Intelligence

by XB on 18th May 2016

in News


Cogitai SonySony has invested in a company called Cogitai to focus on next-generation artificial intelligence (AI). Cogitai was only founded last year, but has some of the brightest brains in the business with the aim to develop technology “that empowers machines to learn continually from interaction with the real world, enabling everyday things that sense and act to get smarter, more skilled, and more knowledgeable with experience”.

Sony, of course, has a long pedigree in this area such as the AIBO robot dog that first appeared in 1999. Existing Sony AI technologies include Augmented Reality within the Xperia “AR Effect” app and activity recognition used in the Lifelog app. More recent developments include the Xperia Agent, which responds to user’s voice and provides useful information.

Then in March 2016 Sony’s Future Lab Program unveiled Project N, a neckband-style wearable device that provides a totally hands-free interactive interface for accessing music and audio information, without the need for an earpiece. It will be fascinating to see how Sony develops this technology in future products.

We believe that AI will be incorporated into numerous products and will eventually become commonplace. From this perspective the collaboration between Cogitai and Sony is a major milestone for the next wave of AI” said Dr. Hiroaki Kitano, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sony Computer Science Laboratories (CSL).

  • Battel

    I’ll pray to god just hopping that NOT Sonymobile Camera department is behind this decision :x

  • ruba

    yes please, all sonymobile department.
    They only know how to kill the business

  • ramuk

    Your comment make zero sense. Common sense tell that Sonymobile Camera department doesn’t dictate or doesn’t have the power to dictate what kind of direction the whole company will take. And this invest indicates the direction Sony as a whole will take in the future. And beside if you actually read the article you would have notice Dr. Hiroaki Kitano, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sony Computer Science Laboratories (CSL) is talking about the invest not some guy from sonymobile camera department.

  • Ashroft

    Be prepared for massive smartphone invasion !!

  • Raj Singh

    Too bad people don’t buy (and) Sony (doesn’t sell) phones and tablets. They killed off AIBO. They killed off VAIO. They will kill off XPERIA because they don’t know what the fuck they’re doing. They had no idea what to do with their HMZ headsets until PlayStation got involved. They had no idea what to do with their SmartWatch. They have no idea what to do with their SmartEyeglass. This list can go on and on despite their engineers coming up with some of the coolest shit in tech.

  • raju

    They killed Ericsson??

  • Mateus B. Cassiano

    Sony Ericsson was a joint-venture between Sony and Ericsson. Around 2011 (if I’m not wrong) Sony acquired Ericsson’s stake and made it one of its subsidiaries…

  • Timel

    So Cool!!!
    This’s what a news that I always wanna hear from Sony

    I’ll keep looking forward to the integration between the awesome AI and Sony’s products in the near future.

  • Timel

    So Cool!!!
    This’s what a news that I always wanna hear from Sony

    I’ll keep looking forward to the integration between the awesome AI and Sony’s products in the future.

  • Ambitious Man

    QRIO is a fucking awesome robot! I want they back.

  • Ambitious Man

    More…

  • Timel

    Qrio? Yeah It’s cool but Sony should move forward with Humanoid robots rather than a smart toy like Qrio

  • Timel

    Sony should use VAIO as smartphone phone brand instead Xperi

    Too bad it will never happen

  • Timel

    Maybe Qrio will be a name of an AI from Sony

  • Latoyadhague4

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  • Geese Howard

    Cogitai = Skynet. Nuff said. And Sony backing them up instead of reforming their mobile division is just like Skynet that evil :p

  • Akand

    Sony is also developing smart contact lenses with internal storage integration. That’s also cool.
    Smart dancing speaker, Xperia ear, Xperia agent, smart interactive projector……and so on……
    Actually Sony is doing more cool staffs than others, but because of weak marketing and shameless partial journalism, Sony don’t get the proper appreciation and popularity. Tech sites never highlight Sony, on the other hand, if Apple, Samsung or even Chinese companies do even a shit, they highlight it so boldly that it’s something very cool. People are really ignorant… :-(

  • akzidenz

    So true

    Sonys amazing engineers always push the limits in technology. 3D headsets, hidef wireless headphones, the first 4k smartphone, the thinnest and sleakest laptops, consistently amazing industrial design, the first 4k hdr tv, the first full hd camcorders, the list goes on…

    Infact, before apple became what they are today, steve jobs was known to be a sony fan

    But in the end, superior management holds them back with stupid decisions

  • James Bond

    I hope QRIO can write better camera algorithms than Sony mobile Camera Division

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    they didn;t killed AIBO, they stop production because of less people bought it (maybe overprice), they didn’t killed vaio but selling it to others company. they still own 10% of share. they wouldn’t kill xperia because

  • Adri

    So sad they killed that project. At this moment, if they would bring back QRIO, still would be the most advanced robot on the market!

  • Ambitious Man

    QRIO is a humanoid robot. :D

  • Timel

    Hehe I hope so

  • Great Dude

    You are totally right.

  • Timel

    Sony must do something with their image , nowadays Sony’s image looks really sleepy and pretty boring unlike the past that people thought that Sony is COOL, Sony used to be a leader that make many cool gadgets, many cool technologies while the present day is different when sony isnt a cool company for most people anymore , most people think companies like Google, Samsung and Apple are cool

    Sony must bring back people’ s faith and the key is R&D, Sony must invest in R&D much more than this , Like this news , I’m very glad that Sony try to focus in A.I which is definitely a future of IT world.

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