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Japan AI unicorn Preferred Networks seeks greener pastures

CEO says company can't remain a 'mystery'; looks to teaching and games

Preferred Networks will offer programming lessons, starting in August, using a curriculum it developed through a tie-up with a cram school operator.

TOKYO -- Preferred Networks, a Japanese artificial intelligence startup, is looking for new lines of business. Although the company enjoys backing from a number of big names in Japan, its latest move is motivated by its founder's growing unease over how long it is taking to develop practical uses for its technology.

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