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Google Brain co-founder teams with Foxconn to bring AI to factories

Andrew Ng, co-founder of some of Alphabet-owned Google’s most prominent artificial intelligence projects, on Thursday launches a new venture with iPhone assembler Foxconn to bring AI and so-called machine learning onto the factory floor. Consumers now experience AI mostly through image recognition to help categorize digital photographs and speech recognition that helps power digital voice assistants such as Apple Siri or Amazon.com Alexa. But at a press briefing in San Francisco two days before Ng’s Landing.ai venture…

Apple says illegal student labour discovered at iPhone X plant

BEIJING: Smartphone maker Apple and its biggest manufacturing partner on Wednesday said that a small number of students were discovered working overtime in its Chinese factory, violating local labour laws. The students worked voluntarily in the factory for more than 11 hours a day as part of a school internship program at a plant run by Hon Hai Precision, also known as Foxconn, the manufacturer confirmed. "We discovered instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China. We've confirmed the…

Foxconn says Apple, Amazon to join its bid for Toshiba chip business: Nikkei

Apple and Amazon.com will join Foxconn's bid for Toshiba Corp's semiconductor business, the Nikkei business daily quoted Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou as saying on Monday. The two US technology giants plan to "chip in funds", Gou said in an interview, according to the newspaper. It was not immediately clear if this would take the form of a direct investment in the semiconductor unit or would be financing for the deal. Taiwan's Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has also partnered with its…