LG Electronics (LG) president and CTO Dr. I.P. Park outlined the company’s vision for the future in his CES 2019 keynote, titled AI for an Even Better Life.
The LG CLOi GuideBot shared the spotlight with Dr. Park during the address, becoming the first ever robot to help deliver a CES keynote in the process.
“Is technology making your life better?” Dr. Park began his keynote by asking the audience.
“Over the past 100 years, household appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and vacuum cleaners have reduced time spent on housework by around 75%, but the amount of cognitive labour involved has significantly increased.” Dr. Park explained, “The answer lies in AI – but only if we can achieve true intelligence.”
But I want to talk about more than just improvements, Dr. Park continued.
“Our ambition is to go way beyond LG’s current role as a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics and to become a lifestyle innovator that serves a truly intelligent way of living.”
Detailing LG’s vision for the age of artificial intelligence, Dr. Park explained how the three key ideas – Evolve, Connect and Open – will empower AI technology to transform every aspect of daily life.
“LG ThinQ products will evolve over time by learning about the user, connect seamlessly with customers’ lives and open up an eco-system of innovation made stronger by partnerships and cooperation, ultimately offering “a new and daring definition of better life.”
For AI devices to go beyond simple voice recognition and automated task execution, they must be able to understand the purpose and intention behind each command. Such contextual understanding requires AI to evolve through accumulating interaction with the user.
LG is also extending its unparalleled consumer insight from home to the road with its innovative offerings for a new in-car experience.
In the advent of an autonomous driving revolution, LG has set out to change and expand the very definition of vehicles from a means of transport to mobile space.
LG’s AI-enabled cabin solution will help users make the fullest use of their time saved from not driving, turning their vehicles into a conference room, movie theatre or even personal shopping boutique.
“Building this new in-car experience requires a wide range of different solutions in both hardware and software… which is why we need OPEN collaboration,” said Dr. Park, illustrating LG’s continued efforts to facilitate a culture of open innovation.
He introduced LG’s collaboration with the leading seat manufacturer Adient to develop smart seats for a more personalized in-car experience.