Google Partners With Chip Startup To Take Machine Learning Out Of The Cloud And Into Your Pocket

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On Wednesday, the machine learning group at Google (now a division of Alphabet) announced it would start licensing processors from chip startup Movidius, which makes low-power chips it calls vision processing units (or VPUs). Google will be using Movidius' latest chip called the Myriad 2 visual processor as well as the company's software development environment. For this partnership, Movidius is working specifically with Google's machine learning group based in Seattle, Washington and headed by Blaise Agϋera y Arcas, a prominent former engineer Google picked up in 2013. Many of the larger chip players -- including Intel, and Nvidia -- are also looking into computer vision and machine learning.