Hyundai Motor Launches Boston Dynamics AI Institute to Advance AI and Robotics

The Boston Dynamics AI Institute will be built with over $400 million in investment.

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The new institute will have a major robotics focus.
The Boston Dynamics AI Institute will operate similarly to a university research lab, as well as a corporation's R&D department.

Hyundai Motor Group today announced the launch of Boston Dynamics AI Institute with the goal of making fundamental advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, and intelligent machines.

The automaker and Boston Dynamics will make an initial investment of more than $400 million in the new institute, which will be led by Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics.

As a research-first organization, the institute will work on solving the most important and difficult challenges facing the creation of advanced robots, according to the companies.  

Boston Dynamics AI Institute to focus on machine learning

Elite talent across AI, robotics, computing, machine learning and engineering will develop technology for robots and use it to advance their capabilities and usefulness, said Boston Dynamics and Hyundai.

The Boston Dynamics AI Institute’s culture is intended to combine the best features of university research labs with those of corporate development labs while working in four core technical areas: cognitive AI, athletic AI, and organic hardware design, as well as ethics and policy, they said.

“Our mission is to create future generations of advanced robots and intelligent machines that are smarter, more agile, perceptive and safer than anything that exists today,” said Marc Raibert, executive director of Boston Dynamics AI Institute.

“The unique structure of the institute — top talent focused on fundamental solutions with sustained funding and excellent technical support — will help us create robots that are easier to use, more productive, able to perform a wider variety of tasks, and that are safer working with people,” he added.

To achieve such advances, the institute will invest resources across the technical areas of cognitive AI, athletic AI, and organic hardware design, with each discipline contributing to progress in advanced machine capabilities. In addition to developing technology with its own staff, the institute plans to partner with universities and corporate research labs.

Institute to be near MIT, as Hyundai launches software center

The Boston Dynamics AI Institute will be headquartered in the heart of the Kendall Square research community in Cambridge, Mass. The Institute plans to hire AI and robotics researchers, software and hardware engineers, and technicians at all levels.  

In addition to the institute, Hyundai Motor Group separately announced plans to establish a Global Software Center to lead development of its software capabilities and technologies and to enhance its capabilities to advance development of “software-defined vehicles” (SDVs).

Hyundai said the center will expand on the autonomous driving software and mobility platform of 42dot, a startup it recently acquired. 

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The new institute will have a major robotics focus.

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