Jim Adler, managing director of Toyota AI Ventures, will be among the speakers at RoboBusiness 2017 this week in Santa Clara, Calif. The Toyota robotics executive will be on the panel discussing “What We as Investors Look for in Robotics” on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 3:00 p.m.
Adler started his career as a rocket engineer at Lockheed Martin and has worked on data security at several startups. He is a vice president at Toyota Research Institute (TRI), which is investing $1 billion in research and development of artificial intelligence, service robotics, and self-driving cars.
In addition, Adler is on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.
“I’m happy to be in the middle of all this activity,” Adler recently told Robotics Business Review. “I’ve blogged about the connection between autonomous mobility and robotics, driven by AI, big data, and the cloud converging in these applications.”
Investing in innovation
In addition to the technology advances, global competitiveness has prompted a lot of interest in building the robotics ecosystem. Why are major multinationals like Toyota, SoftBank, and Baidu, not to mention Google parent Alphabet, setting up big robotics funds right now?
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