Accenture invests in AI-powered humanoid robot firm

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Greg Russell

Published by: Greg Russell

05 April 2024, 03:19PM GMT+00:00

In Brief

Accenture invests in Sanctuary AI, a Canada-based humanoid robot firm.

AI-powered robots aim to address global labor shortages in various industries.

Sanctuary AI's Carbon system mimics human brain subsystems for adaptability.

Phoenix robot, recognized by Time magazine, showcases human-like dexterity.

Accenture's previous investments in robotics highlight commitment to innovation.

Accenture has strategically invested in Sanctuary AI, a Canada-based company specializing in AI-powered humanoid robots. According to Joe Lui, Accenture’s global advanced automation and robotics lead, these robots could address the global labor shortage across various industries by complementing human workers and automating tasks that traditional robotics struggle with.

Sanctuary AI's control system, Carbon, equips the robots with the ability to adapt to their surroundings and quickly learn new tasks. By mimicking human brain subsystems such as memory, sight, sound, and touch, Carbon enables natural language processing and action execution in real-world scenarios. A notable example is the Phoenix robot, recognized as one of Time magazine’s best inventions of 2023, showcasing its human-like dexterity in sorting objects.

In March 2023, Phoenix demonstrated its capabilities by successfully completing 101 retail-related tasks at a Mark’s retail store in Langley, BC, Canada, ranging from merchandise handling to cleaning and labeling. Geordie Rose, Sanctuary AI’s CEO, believes that robots with human-like intelligence will revolutionize the future workforce. Accenture's previous investments in robotics, such as the $85 million funding round for warehouse robotics startup Mujin in September 2023, underline its commitment to disruptive technology and innovation in robotics.

Accenture's partnership with Sanctuary AI signifies a strategic move towards addressing global labor challenges through advanced robotics solutions. With Accenture's expertise and Sanctuary AI's cutting-edge technology, they aim to provide transformative solutions to their clients and navigate the evolving landscape of automation and robotics.

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