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LIGHTz: Keeping the Light of Knowledge Burning
The barrier to knowledge sharing and acquisition is one of the main reasons why hard-won knowledge fails to be propagated further, be it with people in a remote location or with younger people new to a particular domain. The generation that was the driving force behind Japan's high economic growth has now made space for the new generation to take over, but that does not make it less worthy. Its expertise and skillsets are crucial for the further development of the nation.
Japanese-based AI company, LIGHTz is playing a crucial role in transferring the knowledge acquired by the veterans over the years to the emerging generations. "Our goal is to contribute to growth by bringing in awareness among the people and society," says Shingo Otobe, the CEO of the company. To realize this goal, LIGHTz has developed ORGENIUS, an AI system that replaces specialists in enabling the modern generation with abundant knowledge. Currently leveraged by many industries, including manufacturing, automotive and sports, ORGENIUS is empowering people to build a better tomorrow.
LIGHTz's AI system differentiates from the other traditional AI systems in diverse aspects. While AI is generally built based on the algorithm combining statistical and mathematical processing, ORGENIUS depends on people for developing AI. Fundamentally, the system hears the specialists and verbalizes their thinking to develop intelligence. The geniuses of the specialists are documented into a database termed BrainModel, which functions as 'teacher data.' Combined with this specialist knowledge database, ORGENIUS allows users to understand the thinking process of the specialists.
Our goal is to contribute to growth by bringing in awareness among the people and society
And the more ORGENIUS records data (by observing the reaction of the specialists to various situations), the better the AI performs. The resulting AI proves to be of tremendous value to people working in different streams such as manufacturing, engineering, factory automation, or even sports. Typically, during factory expansions, companies often have to send help to factories in different global regions to ensure smooth and efficient production. But this undertaking is both costly and time-consuming. In such cases, LIGHTz can create a knowledge database with an aim to transfer experts' production expertise to the employees who are handling the factories in a distant location. The specialized knowledge enables the overseas factories to carry out the production without a process expert on the sites, thus reducing cost and resource requirement.
The credit for the success of LIGHTz, in part, goes to its group company O2 Inc., which serves as an impetus for knowledge succession. O2 Inc. is a major consulting firm that promotes the visualization of the skills and knowledge to drive the efficiency of modern businesses and society, in general. The company supports the cause by helping LIGHTz in the areas of consulting, product design, manufacturing, and AI system installation consistently.
Recently, LIGHTz has begun catering to the requirements of traditional Japanese crafts, like ceramic technology, for instance. The company has developed a new base Saga-Prefecture well-known for "Arita porcelain" for ceramic technology. LIGHTz is aspiring to broaden its presence by expanding to new locations. It is also planning to create a general database for knowledge distribution that clients can subscribe to, remotely.