SAMSUNG OPENS NEW AI CENTER FOCUSED ON ROBOTICS IN NEW YORK: South Korean electronics giant Samsung has opened a center focused on developing AI for robotics in New York City, according to Engadget. The new facility is the company’s sixth AI development center globally, but it’s the first aimed at creating software to power and support robots. Between all of these facilities, the company plans to employ more than 1,000 workers to further its AI efforts by 2020. Building up a more capable robotic system using AI — which would likely involve some variant of the company’s Bixby voice assistant in the consumer sector — could help it realize its smart home potential by connecting smart speakers, smart appliances, and various other devices with robots in a home. Other tech companies that Samsung competes with, such as Amazon and Google, are reportedly developing robotic solutions of their own for the consumer space to pair with AI assistants and enable home automation. Given some of the issues that the AI behind Bixby has faced, these centers could help to alleviate some of the problems facing Samsung and help the company better compete in the consumer robotics market.