Andrew Ng, who helped start the Google Brain project and previously served as the head of Baidu’s AI efforts, announced Landing.ai, a company aimed at helping businesses in the manufacturing sector transform themselves into AI companies. Ng picked manufacturing because it has a number of problems that machine learning techniques can help with, and AI has the potential to radically transform the industry.
Landing.ai hopes to do that by creating and providing software for manufacturing companies, as well as offering educational materials to those businesses to help employees and executives take advantage of new tools.
AI will transform the manufacturing industry. As an artificial intelligence talent and technology company, Landing.ai will provide solutions for partners in the manufacturing industry to turn AI into concrete value, and transform organizations into AI enterprises. They are developing a wide range of AI transformation programs, from the introduction of new technologies, to operational processes, to talent strategy.
One product that Landing.ai has developed is a visual inspection system that uses images from a camera to identify defects in products. That sort of work is typically done by humans, but Ng said that the company’s software could solve the problem with greater accuracy and efficiency.
They are in process of pursuing a handful of early clients, with a focus on companies in the U.S., Japan, and China. One of its key early customers is Foxconn, a Chinese manufacturing giant that builds iPhones, among many other products.