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Sony launches AI joint venture with US, Japanese partners

Tokyo-based group opens up after years of independent development

TOKYO -- Sony has launched a new joint venture to help companies collect data and develop programs for artificial intelligence, a field it hopes to foster into a stable source of earnings.

Named Ghelia, the new company was established by Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Japanese AI venture UEI and startup incubator World Innovation Lab, which has offices in Silicon Valley and Tokyo. UEI President Ryo Shimizu is expected to serve as president and Sony CSL chief Hiroaki Kitano as chairman. WiL is also expected to be represented on the board.

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