Japan Seeks Tech Revival With Artificial Intelligence

ENLARGE Daisuke Okanohara, co-founder of artificial-intelligence venture Preferred Networks, sees his expertise as a perfect fit for the ‘Internet of Things.’ Photo: Takashi Mochizuki/The Wall Street Journal By Takashi Mochizuki Takashi Mochizuki The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @mochi_wsj mochi.wsj Google+ takashi.mochizuki@wsj.com Nov. 30, 2015 2:33 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS TOKYO—Waiting for his mother to finish grocery shopping one day in 1994, 12-year-old Daisuke Okanohara passed the time with a little reading—of a research paper describing a new method to speed up data compression. He says he felt his body shake with excitement. “It was a breathtaking method,” recalls Mr. Okanohara, now 33. He spent months testing it to see how it worked. Today, as the co-founder of Tokyo-based artificial-intelligence company Preferred Networks Inc., Mr. Okanohara is aiming for breakthroughs…


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