Irish chip maker Movidius has created the world's first deep learning USB stick that can add artificial intelligence (AI) to future products from self-driving cars to robots, and drones that will learn to think for themselves. Entitled the Fathom Neural Compute Stick, the device will sell for less than 100 and will allow powerful neural networks to be moved out of the cloud and deployed on new products like robots and drones. It is the latest breakthrough for the Dublin company, which has been winning major multi-million dollar deals with Google and drone maker DJI. 'With Fathom, every robot, big and small, can now have state-of-the-art vision capabilities' – DR YANN LECUN, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY "Any organisation can now add deep learning or machine intelligence to devices using the USB stick and create products that will be accessible to broader markets," Movidius co-founder David Moloney told Siliconrepublic.com. "We've already seen how the auto industry has been outflanked by Tesla and this is also starting to affect other industries.
Today at the Frankfurt motor show, one of the biggest and most prestigious motor shows in the world, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, spoke before German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now what is Facebook and most importantly, Sheryl Sandberg doing at an automotive industry event? The obvious answer that comes to mind when one relates Facebook and the car industry is the billions of advertising dollars the industry spends on marketing and advertising. However, that does not seem to be Facebook's game plan, as highlighted by Sheryl and shown at their pavilion. Facebook seems to have a strategy of leveraging its capabilities in social marketing, AR & VR and interestingly, who would have thought of it, leveraging its advanced AI and deep learning capabilities to support the development of autonomous vehicles.
The acquisition will bring Zementis' predictive analytics to Software AG's real-time streaming analytics platform. Software AG has acquired California-based Zementis for an undisclosed sum in a move designed to bolster its internet of things capability. Zementis offers software for'deep learning' which plays a crucial role in the development of machine learning, data science and fundamental technology that drives artificial intelligence (AI) development. According to Software AG, the advances in machine learning and AI are being applied in the next generation Internet of Things (IoT) such as self-driving cars, personal digital assistants, medical diagnosis, predictive maintenance and robotics. Software AG has already employed Adaptive Decision and Predictive Analytics (ADAPA) from Zementis into its Digital Business Platform to offer its clients with comprehensive insights for real time business analytics.
A Google researcher has highlighted some of the hilarious ways that artificial intelligence (AI) software has'cheated' to fulfil its purpose. A programme designed not to lose at Tetris completed its task by simply pausing the game, while a self-driving car simulator asked to keep cars'fast and safe' did so by making them spin on the spot. An AI programmed to spot cancerous skin lesions learned to flag blemishes pictured next to a ruler, as they indicated humans were already concerned about them. Victoria Krakovna, of Google's DeepMind AI lab, asked her colleagues for examples of misbehaving AI to highlight an often overlooked danger of the technology. She said that the biggest threat posed by AI was not that they disobeyed us, but that they obeyed us in the wrong way.