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As Artificial Intelligence (AI) gains the popularity, Intel has made notable breakthroughs by leveraging Intel AI technologies with conventional systems. The AI workflow software development team in Intel’s Seoul office is always working with internal and external parties on potential projects that could bring impactful changes to local communities, perhaps even the rest of the world.

Minje Park who is Intel Korea’s AI Principal Engineer, is also Intel’s regional Technical Lead for Asia Pacific & Japan.

“One of the popular examples to explain AI capabilities would be the deepfakes - synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else's likeness. Although it might seem trivial to some, a deepfake software leverages powerful techniques from machine learning and AI to manipulate or generate convincing visual and audio content.”

Minje who completed his PhD in Computer Science from the Korea Advanced Institute of Technology, started his career as a software engineer specializing in computer graphics back in 2007. His entry into Intel was in 2012 when the company he was working with was acquired by Intel. Minje was the AI Software Architect and part of the team that developed Intel’s OpenVINO™ Toolkit – an easy-to-use toolkit to build and manage deep-learning AI models.

“The various research works currently conducted to further explore the potential of AI technology are very exciting. This technology will not only impact local communities, but it will also translate across societies globally,” he added.


A Whole New World


Intel is a firm believer that AI can help create global changes, empower people with the right tools, and enable a responsible, inclusive, and sustainable future.

“The world is changing and AI is part of this changing world, whether you realize or not. At one point in the past, people used to dream of self-driving cars. But the technology is here today,” Minje starts.

“Ultimately, we in Intel seek to democratise AI technology to a point where the technology is accessible to everyone. We want to give the end users intuitive tools they can use that will result in increased productivity and cost-efficiency,” Minje said.

AI has been at the forefront of medical, industrial, social, and technological change in society. Minje shares several instances where Intel helps customers address problems with AI technologies and innovations.

“Today in the agriculture sector, farmers are able to predict and prepare for incoming pests or locusts. By referencing new aerial images against images of the same parcel over a five-year period, an AI algorithm will detect insect infestation at the farm. An AI algorithm may also predict precisely how long it will take for a tomato plant to blossom and ripe for picking,” Park elaborated.

He also mentioned that AI technology combined with farm automation systems have enabled agricultural activities to become less labor-intensive by assigning manual jobs such as seeding, fertilizing and harvesting to the machine.

“Many people do not realize that their personal life or business operations can be elevated by incorporating AI element and modern technological innovations. From this angle, we here in Intel see ample opportunity to engage with clients and discuss on how we can help.”

“Incorporating AI innovations may vary between different industries but amazing breakthroughs have been reported in many sectors including banking, medicine, F&B, retail and automotive. New AI innovations have also enabled the blind to experience their surroundings with real-time audio descriptions from an app on the smartphone,” Minje shared.


Discovering Your Potential in Intel Korea


Although most all tech companies claim to have AI capabilities within their organization. Intel stands apart from the competition thanks to our scale of operations which extend globally.

“Intel doesn’t only build hardware; but also software and services. Intel has a diverse portfolio which ranges from datacentres, small apps, devices and components. Each of this segment have their own opportunities and potential for AI innovations. There is a lot of room for discovery and growth in Intel,” Minje said.

“Another thing I love about working in Intel would be the culture. I find that in Intel, employees are empowered in their work. I believe this stems from the open and transparent working culture where I can have honest discussions with my team and superiors in a constructive way,” Minje added.

“I have seen from experience that the Management listens to employees. Whenever problems are highlighted, we would come together and seek to address the issue. It is such a positive work environment where anyone can propose an idea and feel appreciated for their contributions. It makes work much more efficient,” Minje concluded.

Data-driven insights and AI are transforming our world in wonderful ways. At Intel, we’re on a mission to open AI and data science for more innovators. Should this field interests you, perhaps you may consider joining us in Intel on this exciting journey of innovation.


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