Instead of AI Speakers: LG U+ to Compete in AI Market with Humanoid Robot | BusinessKorea

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LG U+ is going to equip its artificial intelligence (AI) platform with the world’s first social humanoid robot Pepper. (photo courtesy: LGU+)
LG U+ is going to equip its artificial intelligence (AI) platform with the world’s first social humanoid robot Pepper. (photo courtesy: LGU+)
SEOUL,KOREA
29 September 2017 - 12:30pm
Cho Jin-young

LG U+ announced on September 28 that, Pepper, the world’s first social humanoid robot that can understand and react to human emotions, is going to be equipped with its artificial intelligence (AI) platform and meet customers at six different locations starting from October 11.

Specifically, the locations are the flagship store of LG U+, Woori Bank, Kyobo Bookstore, Gachon University Gil Hospital, Lotte Department Store, and e-mart. Pepper is scheduled to provide weather information and search the Web for customers, say hello to them and recommend products and so on based on the AI platform developed by LG U+.

Earlier, the other two major South Korean mobile carriers, that is, SK Telecom and KT, entered the AI service market by launching AI speakers. LG U+ adopted the robot to compete with them.

“We decided to approach AI from a different direction in view of profit expectations and users’ actual needs and our AI platform is expected to be utilized in an increasing number of fields with the companies representing six different fields of industry participating in the utilization of it,” said Song Dae-won, who is leading AI device development at LG U+ as a managing director. 

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