Canada is becoming the capital for AI research if there was any doubt it seems to have been cleared with Samsung opening an AI lab at Universite de Montréal. Samsung partner Prof. Yoshua Bengio along with the school’s faculty and students will join hands with South Korean researchers to work together on various AI-related projects. The projects undertaken would include self-driving car technology, image recognition, translation, and robots. Though the results from these efforts might not be seen immediately it surely will benefit both Samsung’s increasing dependence on AI and the tech industry’s rapid shift to the north.Samsung is spreading its presence all over the world given the Bixby assistant is already turning out to be a huge success. Samsung’s aspirations to boost its AI work no longer a secret, as the AI wave is catching up devices like smart speakers or even appliances. Hence to be a success in the AI race it needs to rapidly evolve past its current rough state. This is also important as it does have a relatively unique feature like object identification. Samsung has also ventured earlier in autonomous driving and robotics work and it’s possible that the fate of the company could hinge on the strength of its AI labs.
Canada is presently boom in talent can be seen with investment in AI allocated $125 million in federal funding, among other initiatives.It is leading to a fierce battle for talent, particularly in Montreal. The key players like Google, DeepMind and Apple already have offices in Canada for AI research. Whereas Montreal is already home to teams from teams from Facebook, Google and, Microsoft. It was but obvious for Samsung to open an AI lab in the city, as it might have risked losing talent. It’s not sure how long this trend will continue but from the current scenario all, big names are following the suit out of the fear they might miss a big AI breakthrough.
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