LG has established its artificial intelligence think tank, called LG AI Research Institute, on Dec. 7.
The group opened the era of AI leaders born in the 1970s by recruiting Lee Hong-rak, a 43-year-old professor at the University of Michigan, as a C-level official and appointing Bae Kyung-hoon, a 44-year-old executive, as its head.
LG AI Research Institute is an organization dedicated to AI that secures the latest AI source technology and solves AI challenges at the group level. Sixteen affiliates, including LG Electronics, LG Display, LG Chem, LG U+, and LG CNS, will participate and invest about 200 billion won ($185 million) in LG AI Research Institute's global talent acquisition and AI R&D over the next three years.
The institute plans to recruit talented AI researchers by next year to expand the number of key researchers to about 100 and run customized education programs for each affiliate to nurture 1,000 AI experts in the group by 2023.
In a congratulatory message to the launch of the AI Research Institute, LG Group Chairman Koo Kwang-mo said, "The purpose of AI is to help customers' lives be more valuable than technology. In the process, AI Research Institute should play a key role in developing ways of change and innovation on behalf of the group."