Nokia Chairman goes back to school to learn about AI

Nokia’s Chairman Risto Siilasmaa, by the Finnish press praised as the saviour of Nokia, told Reuters that he spent his summer learning about AI via an online course run by Stanford University. AI or Artificial Intelligence is simply defined as intelligent behaviour by the machines, and it seems to be the next big thing in Tech. Nokia has already stepped into the AI game with Mika, its own personal assistant for operators.

Now, Nokia’s Chairman to better understand the implications of AI decided to study the topic a bit more. “I realized that I don’t have deep enough knowledge on this phenomenon… Now I‘m back studying programming after 30 years,” said Siilasmaa to Reuters, adding that: “I do not want to become an AI programmer. I want to deeply understand the abilities and limitations of AI.”

Since starting the courses, Risto also briefed Nokia’s board and managers on the subject, saying: “I want to raise awareness …on this, because AI will be a key driver of the ongoing industrial revolution.”
AI has been lately a lot discussed in the media. The most heard voice about AI in the industry is definitely that of Elon Musk. Elon is concerned about AI, saying that it could cause World War 3 and be a serious threat to humanity. Russian president Vladimir Putin basically agrees with Musk, saying that the country that masters AI will be the ruler of the world. On the other hand, Facebook’s CEO loves AI and doesn’t see it as a big threat, but Elon Musk says Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI is limited, and in my opinion biased because most Facebook ad tools rely on some kind of AI.
All in all, we can expect more talk about AI in the future. Also, while some CEO’s are writing books about how great they are, Nokia’s Chairman went back to school to better understand the way the industry is moving in. “I’ve noticed that when doing something …that people are not used to see the chairman doing, that inspires people and encourages them to think out of the box,” concluded Siilasmaa in the Reuters interview.
Source: Reuters
  • Michael

    Of course Musk embraces AI technology in his cars. Tesla has a new deal with AMD to create AI chips for their cars.

    Through their tweets, it seems it is something the NokiaHealthcareIT house is following.

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    Wonder when we will see any Nokia led AI research. Surely they are doing some advanced research. I’m sure Risto is getting prepared. One to make intelligent company decisions and also to be able to talk about it intelligently.

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    AI is great! Incest in it and make Nokia phones wow everyone!

    Not to side rail this post, but I have wonderful amazing fantastic terrific news that I would like to share with all…

    As of 10/8/2017 (that’s October 8th for us Americans that either write things correctly or incorrectly), at around 2pm, the last nail was placed in the coffin for that garbage horrible pathetic junk pathetic operating system, Windows phone!!!!!!

    It’s over!!!!! Windows phone is DEAD!!!!!!

    I just read this delicious news on the other site and my hatred for that diarrhea as a child elop grew more! Where is the next billion? Sure not with garbage horrible pathetic rancid disgusting Windows phone, that’s for sure!

    Just look at the market share, it is universally hated all around the world!!! Yet, feature phones and symbian and tizen and sailfish, have more market share (combined)…

    For anyone who embraced this Windows garbage on our beloved nokia phones, this news should make your cheeks red with embarrassment! Had no one bought them, Nokia may have still had the extraordinary symbian for the low end and Android for the high end!

    It’s bittersweet for me, as the death of Windows phone further distances the world from symbian… Regardless, I’m ecstatic that Nokia got out while it could and is now making phones that sell out before they are even produced!

    Believe it!

    • EricLovesSymbian

      EricLovesSymbian says:


    • To be honest, I’ve always loved good hardware more than software. Enjoyed using Symbian, loved Lumia phones and WP (with all bad sides and good sides), and now I don’t have any problems with Android. 🙂 To rephrase Tupac Shakur: “Operating Systems come and go, but a Nokia phone stays eternal.”

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    Joe belfiore just put the last nail in the coffin for that garbage junk pathetic horrible rancid Windows phone operating system! On October 8th 2017, around 2 pm united States time…

    Now Nokia can focus on augmented reality and virtual reality and artificial intelligence stuff and push the envelope further.

    Also, they can start putting their own light skin on their Android phones, further giving themselves a more standout and unique look (vs. other OEMs)…

    I guess we are all stuck with simpleton inefficient Android now… An operating system that has backdoors and spy ware and malware and is battery inefficient and produced in the US, and can track us, can record us (voice and video), without us even knowing!, Etc!

    Let’s further fool ourselves and say how the safe, secure, mature , well optimized, and wonderful symbian was. Blah blah blah…

    Windows is finally done! It’s gone! Hopefully it’ll be remembered as the shortest lived mobile operating system that was universally hated around the world….

    • I think the shortest lived mobile OS would be BADA OS from Samsung 😛
      Or Blackberry 10 OS?

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        I think you’re right.

    • Michael

      good now please shut up about it. geez. your constant whining about it is annoying. Apologize to others for my comments. I have tried several times to block this user bit it is not working.

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        Michael? I never would have expected something so negative directed towards me on a site where in which we all want the success of Nokia. I honestly thought we’d all share common views, perhaps some more vocal and passionate than others.

        I was venting on the only place I can vent on. GSM arena is disingenuous, and phone arena needs a special type of account, and Jay’s site is dead, and the Nokia conversations site is hit and miss… So… This is the only place that like minded people would migrate to.

        Hearing you say that I’m annoying, that I should shut up, and that you have tried to block me, means that I’ve irritated you so much that you needed to do something so you’d never see my comments.

        I would like to apologize from you.
        My intentions weren’t to upset or irritate you (or anyone else, for that matter).

        I never would have thought to myself that my comments would be so offensive that someone would need to say shut up to me or block me.

        Again, those weren’t my intentions.

        – Eric

        • Michael

          Fair enough. To be honest, I tried deleting my comment and that didnt work either. Pretty harsh, but we were at lunch. Was expecting to some good commentary about AI.

          Everyone has their right to their views. I personally find almost all of your views very negative. Whether it is Windows, Elop, Symbian, or how many features are missing off current phones or how disappointed you are in a future rumour. Reminds me of that DJBCS or however you spell his username from NPU…always seem to be negative. Of course it sll can’t be sunshine and roses and there is a place for that kind of discussion. Nokia isnt perfect.

          Post as you like though. Vent away, but I will probably giving the content a pass. I promise not to reply in a negative fashion again.


          • Hopefully, no bad blood between you two exists 🙂 There is also a “Support and Discussion” page for other News or Tips for News related to Nokia 😀 @EricLovesSymbian

          • Michael

            None here 🙂

  • Sayaji Hande

    Good step!! Hope you getting training of middle level management too… Lotsa $ would be saved.