Artificial intelligence is now Intel's major focus


At the forefront of these AI ambitions is a new platform called Nervana, which follows Intel's acquisition of deep-learning startup Nervana Systems earlier this year. Setting its sights on an area currently dominated by Nvidia's graphics processing unit (GPU) technology, one of the Nervana platform's main focuses will be deep learning and training neural networks – the software process behind machine learning that is based on a set of algorithms that attempt to model high-level abstractions in data. Google, for instance, is investing heavily in research exploring virtually all aspects of machine learning, including deep learning and more classical algorithms, something it calls "Machine Intelligence". One way is in manufacturing, as intelligent computer systems replace certain human-operated jobs.