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

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Machine learning has become important to many products -- such as Google photos search and speech recognition. It's a kind of artificial intelligence that that gives computers the ability to learn, make predictions and find patterns. But most of all that complex computing typically needs to take place in the cloud, where the algorithms are being processed through power-intensive clusters of graphics processing units. Now Google wants to break those machine learning capabilities out of the data center and put them directly into devices. 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).