Konica Minolta gives first glimpse of Cognitive Hub

Konica Minolta gives first glimpse of Cognitive Hub


The first day in the Artificial Intelligence Summit in London has been exciting and rich of fresh thoughts and interesting ideas. Starting with the talk by Jon Andrews from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the discussion has focused on the impact of AI.

In his conclusions, Jon presented a cute note from two 8 years old kids reasoning about how robots, and thus AI, should be managed according to common sense rules. They thought that robots should not be armed with bombs and should not look like humans: some good ideas that are, unfortunately, not so common among more grown-up people.

Then it was the turn of Microsoft Research to take to the stage: Christopher Bishop focused on how AI should empower people to do more in a better way. The aim should be to democratize the access to artificial intelligence: a concept that is also at the basis of our strategy for augmenting intelligence in Konica Minolta. As we described in our whitepaper, The future of work, we truly believe that innovative solutions should empower people in their workplace. After Christoper’s introduction, Antonio Criminisi described the Microsoft Research project Innereye, dedicated to automatic segmentation of medical images using random forests: they use state of the art artificial intelligence to build innovative image analysis tools to help doctors treat diseases such as cancer in a more targeted and effective way.

Then I spent some time in our booth to present some of our research activities, especially those focusing on Predictive Maintenance, Business Analytics and Smart Room Booking System. Many people passed by and grab some of our delicious chocolates and fortune cookies, and in the booth I had the support from Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe colleagues Marco Rocchetto, Heather Chrisholm, Christian Mastrodonato and Stefan Braunewell.

Before going into the details of the speech about Cognitive Hub from Dennis Curry, our executive director and deputy CTO, I had the chance to listen to other two interesting talks: the first was from Beena Ammanath, from General Electric, about AI in the industrial IoT world.

The second talk from Alison Lowndes of Nvidia was about how the Artificial Intelligence revolution is fuelled by gaming and I loved the Feynmann diagram she showed in her presentation.

Finally, it was Dennis Curry who took to the stage to describe our strategy for AI. Konica Minolta is facing a journey of transformation with an innovation path that focuses on the context where most of our customers’ interests reside: the workplace of the future. So Dennis presented Workplace Hub as our first step towards delivering systems that intuitively connect people, places and devices into a platform where information flows easily and IT support is accessible and manageable from a single place.

We had the chance to see the short movie about the Cognitive Hub vision for the workplace of the future.

Cognitive Hub is currently under development in our laboratory and it will apply intelligent edge computing to provide AI and augment human intelligence: we aim to have it to extend the network of human interfaces and to enhance collaboration amongst individuals and teams. Cognitive Hub will become a nexus for clients’ information flows within the digital workplace and will provide AI based interoperability services that are immediately and automatically actionable. So, join us as we move towards Cognitive Hub for the future of the workplace.