Boston Dynamics AI Institute for AI and robotics research led by Marc Raibert

Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) today announced the launch of the Boston Dynamics AI Institute (the Institute), with the aim of making fundamental advances in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and smart machines. The Group and Boston Dynamics will make an initial investment of more than $400 million in the new Institute, which will be led by Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics.

As a research-driven organization, the Institute will work to solve the most important and difficult challenges facing the creation of advanced robots. Elite talent in AI, robotics, computer science, machine learning and engineering will develop technology for robots and use it to advance their capabilities and usefulness . The culture of the Institute is designed to combine the best characteristics of academic research labs with those of enterprise development labs while working in four main technical areas: cognitive AI, sports AI, hardware design organic as well as ethics and politics.

“Our mission is to create future generations of advanced robots and intelligent machines that are smarter, more agile, more insightful and safer than anything in existence today,” said Marc Raibert, executive director of the Boston Dynamics AI Institute. “The Institute’s unique structure – top talent focused on fundamental solutions with sustained funding and excellent technical support – will help us create robots that are easier to use, more productive, capable of performing a wider variety of tasks and who work safely with people.”

To achieve such advancements, the Institute will invest resources in the technical areas of cognitive AI, sports AI, and organic hardware design, with each discipline contributing to the advancement of advanced machine capabilities. In addition to developing the technology with its own staff, the Institute plans to partner with universities and corporate research labs.

The Institute will be headquartered in the heart of the Kendall Square research community in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Institute plans to hire AI and robotics researchers, software and hardware engineers, and technicians at all levels.

Please visit https://www.bdaiinstitute.com/ for more information and to submit your interest in working with the Institute.

In addition to the Institute, Hyundai Motor Group has separately announced plans to establish a Global Software Center to lead the development of its software capabilities and technologies and to enhance its capabilities to advance software-defined vehicle (SDV) development. ). The Center will be established on the basis of 42dot, an autonomous driving software and mobility platform startup recently acquired by the Group.

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