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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–()–Samsung welcomed participants to its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit
on January 16-17, hosted by Samsung Research America at Mountain View
that brought together more than 300 leading academics, technical
experts, and university students. The event explored ways to accelerate
AI research and to understand the best commercial applications of AI.

“AI and machine learning are major strategic imperatives for Samsung.
There’s no doubt that, in the coming years, these technologies will
completely change the way people interact with every device in their
lives, from phones and wearables to home appliances and cars,” said
Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Samsung Electronics,
and Chairman of the Board at HARMAN. “For this to happen, we believe AI
must be open—so we can harness the talent and expertise of a vast
ecosystem of companies, and ultimately give consumers smarter, simpler,
more meaningful interactions with the devices they love. This Summit
underscores our commitment to an open, collaborative AI ecosystem, and
serves as a call to action for all researchers and entrepreneurs who
share our vision for a more connected world.”

Samsung’s AI Summit opened with a keynote by the company’s Senior Vice
President of AI Research, Dr. Larry Heck, a world-renowned leader in AI
and voice recognition who has led AI teams at Microsoft, Google and
Nuance. During his talk, Dr. Heck outlined the need for increased
industry collaboration to drive broader adoption and consumer confidence
in AI technology. He also advocated for the importance of making AI open
to 3rd parties.

“This is an incredible time in our industry. Artificial Intelligence and
machine learning are becoming mainstream, used by millions each year.
Yet, we need more collaboration in the industry—from companies to
academics and researchers—to let AI flourish,” said Dr. Heck. “It’s time
for us to find new ways to work together to ensure AI serves the needs
of people first and foremost.” As a part of this collaborative effort,
Samsung plans to host many more AI-related events around the globe this
year.

Dr. Heck also shared Samsung’s plans to tap its massive device ecosystem
to learn user preferences and needs. “Under a common architecture,
Samsung’s AI platform will not only scale quickly, but will also provide
the deepest understanding of usage context and behaviors, making AI more
relevant and useful,” he said. Attendees at the event also heard from
experts at Google, MIT, Carnegie Mellon and the University of California
at Berkeley.

In November 2017, Samsung announced the creation of a new AI Research
Center dedicated to applied research and development in the space.
Samsung’s new AI research center plans to open additional AI research
labs in Canada, the UK and Russia in 2018 to strengthen the company’s AI
research efforts.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics inspires the world and shapes the future with
transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the
worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital
appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED
solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at
news.samsung.com.

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