Ng said Landing.ai had been approached by investors but had not accepted outside capital yet. Foxconn, known more formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd 2317.TW, is Landing.ai's 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. Foxconn makes products for many companies aside from Apple.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin has used his annual founder's letter to raise the issue of ethics in AI. Brin's note to investors says "The new spring in artificial intelligence is the most significant development in computing in my lifetime". He then gushed a bit about the stuff AI can do, declaring "we are truly in a technology renaissance, an exciting time where we can see applications across nearly every segment of modern society." "However, such powerful tools also bring with them new questions and responsibilities," he added. "How will they affect employment across different sectors?
In October 2015 we launched the Google Brain Residency, a 12-month program focused on jumpstarting a career for those interested in machine learning and deep learning research. This program is an opportunity to get hands on experience using the state-of-the-art infrastructure available at Google, and offers the chance to work alongside top researchers within the Google Brain team. Our first group of residents arrived in June 2016, working with researchers on problems at the forefront of machine learning. The wide array of topics studied by residents reflects the diversity of the residents themselves -- some come to the program as new graduates with degrees ranging from BAs to Ph.Ds in computer science to physics and mathematics to biology and neuroscience, while other residents come with years of industry experience under their belts. They all have come with a passion for learning how to conduct machine learning research.