Grid Inc. today announced a partnership agreement to jointly develop AI
services combining Human Centric AI Zinrai, Fujitsu’s AI technology, with
ReNom, Grid’s machine learning and deep learning framework.
“Zinrai” encapsulates the systemized
AI-related knowledge and technologies Fujitsu has accumulated for over 30
years. Now, in tandem with offering Fujitsu AI Solution Zinrai Platform
Service, a platform supporting customer use of AI, Fujitsu is actively working
to expand an ecosystem based on partnerships with companies that possess
exceptional AI technology.
Developed by Grid, ReNom is a framework for AI
development incorporating libraries with a variety of highly practical
algorithms, such as deep learning algorithms, optimization algorithms(1), and
generative models(2). Because ReNom makes it easy for non-experts to build AI
just by combining the parts of the library required without any complex
programming, the time required to build an AI system can be reduced by over 40%
compared to building one with a particular objective from scratch.
Based on the new agreement, starting from April
2017 the two companies will use ReNom to build systems for customers to use AI.
Moreover, the two companies will jointly develop
new services combining Zinrai and ReNom, which will become part of the Zinrai
Platform Service that Fujitsu provides as both cloud and on-premises services.
In addition, with the aim of expanding their
mutual business through this partnership, the two companies will also consider
actively exchanging personnel to jointly promote projects with customers and to
share AI-related knowledge and expertise.
The two companies will provide a variety of
services that combine Grid’s machine learning and deep learning technologies
and expertise with Fujitsu’s enormous customer base in Japan and comprehensive
ICT capabilities, including AI. In so doing, they will contribute to the
business transformation of customers in a variety of fields, including
manufacturing, retail and distribution, and help them to create new businesses.
This partnership is one result of the third
round of the MetaArc Venture Program, a part of Fujitsu’s open innovation
initiatives, which provides opportunities for alignment between Fujitsu’s
business units and startups.
Related Websites: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/vision/human-centric-ai/
(1) Optimization algorithms
Algorithms that find the approximate optimal
solution among unlimited options given various conditions, limitations and
(2) Generative models
Algorithms for generating data by inferring a
probability distribution (mechanism) for how data were generated.
About Grid Inc.
Grid develops and offers ReNom, its machine
learning and deep learning framework. One of Japan’s leading venture-backed
technologies companies, Grid combines various algorithms needed for machine
learning, including conventional statistical methods, deep learning, dQN, MP,
CVAE, and DDPG, to build its business of solving a variety of problems relating
to social infrastructure. URL: http://www.gridpredict.jp/en/.
About Fujitsu Ltd
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and
communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology
products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 Fujitsu people support
customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of
ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited
(TSE:6702; ADR:FJTSY) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$41
billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. For more information, please