LG’s CES Keynote: AI Is ‘Opportunity Of Our Lifetime’

Thinking machines will advance human progress, says CTO Park
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LG CTO Dr. I.P. Park described a brave new world of AI and robotics at the company’s first CES keynote.

LG CTO Dr. I.P. Park described a brave new world of AI and robotics at the company’s first CES keynote.

Artificial intelligence must think and learn, rather than just pour information, in order for humans to fully realize the potential of the technology, Dr. I.P. Park, LG Electronics president and chief technology officer, asserted in his CES 2019 keynote on Monday at the Park MGM.

Park, whose address marked the first time an LG exec has keynoted at CES, outlined how the company will “shape a new future of AI” with devices that will “evolve, connect and open” to provide “an opportunity of our lifetime to open the next chapter in … human progress.”

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LG’s ThinQ smart platform is “a new language for articulating our user-centric framework for thinking and using AI in all our future innovations,” Park explained. As an example, the company’s flagship OLED TVs feature its new a9 (Alpha 9) AI chip for TV, which automatically optimizes the display and sound settings to the content, he said.

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LG has also developed what Park described as the first AI chip for home appliances, which combines voice recognition, visual recognition, Wi-Fi connectivity and sensor interfaces in a single SoC that “allow a whole range of devices to learn and evolve.”

LG is additionally developing technologies supporting autonomous vehicles, prompting Park to ask: “What are we going to do with all that time saved from not driving?” LG’s answer: Mobile space. A prototype autonomous vehicle in Seoul, South Korea, illustrates the concept, in which the vehicle’s passenger space can be converted into a private cinema, mobile office or a virtual retail store. Among other features, the concept car can guide itself vehicle around traffic jams and boasts smart seats that automatically adjust to the passenger’s sitting preferences.

Park said LG is looking for collaborators, and is adding webOS open access to its ThinQ platform for developers around the world.

He also announced that LG is working closely with Qualcomm to ensure that all of its devices and solutions are 5G ready, and outlined how robotics will soon be used as “a service and as a system to further expand what we’re doing at home and on the road to better manage our lives and the space we live in.”

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