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NTT Docomo to launch AI system providing apt info based on user movements

NTT Domoco President Kazuhiro Yoshizawa explains the new services in Tokyo's Minato Ward on May 16, 2018. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- NTT Docomo Inc. is set to launch a service this month using artificial intelligence to analyze the movements of smartphone and tablet users and deliver apt information to them, the company announced on May 16.

The system, dubbed "my daiz," is set to be launched on May 30, the company announced. Data collected from users' smartphones will be used to learn their movements and what they like. If, for example, the train that they use to commute to school or work is delayed, the AI system will predict their movements and inform them about the train's status of operation.

Users will also be able to search for necessary information just by talking to their smartphones like smart speakers, and have the phone respond with speech or show the results on the screen.

Separately, the company launched a new asset management service on May 16. The system will make use of a robo-adviser, with a computer system providing advice on asset management in place of humans, and automatically manage investment trusts.

In addition to allowing the use of "d-points" in asset management, which NTT Docomo provides to users when they make convenience-store payments or pay mobile phone bills, the company is also providing a service allowing users to invest and manage assets using cash.

(Japanese original by Arimasa Mori, Business News Department)

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