(Reuters) - Andrew Ng, co-founder of some of Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s most prominent artificial intelligence projects, on Thursday launches a new venture with iPhone assembler Foxconn to bring AI and so-called machine learning onto the factory floor.
Consumers now experience AI mostly through image recognition to help categorise digital photographs and speech recognition that helps power digital voice assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon.com’s Alexa.
But at a press briefing in San Francisco two days before Ng’s Landing.ai venture is introduced, he demonstrated an example of using AI for visual inspection in a factory’s quality control efforts.
Landing.ai will require fewer training images
In many factories, workers look over parts coming off an assembly line for defects. Ng showed a video in which a worker instead put a circuit board beneath a digital camera connected to a computer and the computer identified a defect in the part.
Ng said that while typical computer vision systems might require thousands of sample images to become “trained,” Landing.ai’s system would take only five training images, making it easier to adapt to different tasks in a factory.
Ng said Landing.ai had been approached by investors but had not accepted outside capital yet.
Foxconn first strategic partner
Foxconn, known more formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, is Landing.ai’s first strategic partner. Ng said the startup has been working with Foxconn since July, but he would not elaborate on the nature of the collaboration or which of Foxconn’s customers it might involve.