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AI processors go mobile

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At its iPhone X event last week, Apple devoted a lot of time to the A11 processor's new neural engine that powers facial recognition and other features. The week before, at IFA in Berlin, Huawei announced its latest flagship processor, the Kirin 970, equipped with a Neural Processing Unit capable of processing images 20 times faster than the CPU alone. The company also has math libraries for neural networks including QSML (Qualcomm Snapdragon Math Library) and nnlib for Hexagon DSP developers. The closest thing that Qualcomm currently has to specialized hardware is the HvX modules added to the Hexagon DSP to accelerate 8-bit fixed operations for inferencing, but Brotman said that eventually mobile SoCs will need specialized processors with tightly-coupled memory and an efficient dataflow (fabric interconnects) for neural networks.


Machine Learning in Financial Services, Report by Spiros Margaris

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Tech giants and venture capitalists are making serious investments in AI and machine learning. Because the two technologies not only have the potential to automate huge amounts of work currently done by humans, they also present new opportunities for engaging and servicing customers. Find out in this report.


Using Recurrent Neural Networks to Predict Player Performance

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For data prone to noise and anomalies (most data, if we're being honest), a Long Short Term Memory network (LSTM), preserves the long term memory capabilities of the RNN, while filtering out irrelevant data points that are not part of the pattern. Mechanically speaking, the LSTM adds an extra operation to nodes on the map, the outcome of which determines whether the data point will be remembered as part of a potential pattern, used to update the weight matrix, or forgotten and cast aside as noise. For example, to train the HR network, the first input to the network is the number of homers the player hit in his first game, the second input to the network is the number the player hit in his second game and so on. With a network to train and data to train it with, we can now look at a test case where the network attempted to learn Manny Machado's performance patterns and then made some predictions.


How Automotive AI Is Going to Disrupt (Almost) Every Industry - DZone AI

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SAE International has created the now-standard definitions for the six distinct levels of autonomy, from Level 1 representing only minor driver assistance (like today's cruise control) to Level 6 being the utopian dream of full automation: naps and movie-watching permitted. Many of the features of AI-assisted driving center around increased safety, like automatic braking, collision avoidance systems, pedestrian and cyclists alerts, cross-traffic alerts, and intelligent cruise control. A connected vehicle could also share performance data directly with the manufacturer (called "cognitive predictive maintenance"), allowing for diagnosis and even correction of performance issues without a stop at the dealer. Although it may not at first appear directly tied to automotive AI, the health and medical industry stands to experience some significant disruptions as well.


Intel Invests $1 Billion in the AI Ecosystem to Fuel Adoption and Product Innovation Intel Newsroom

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At Intel, we have an optimistic and pragmatic view of artificial intelligence's (AI) impact on society, jobs and daily life that will mimic other profound transformations – from the industrial to the PC revolutions. To drive AI innovation, Intel is making strategic investments spanning technology, R&D and partnerships with business, government, academia and community groups. We have also invested in startups like Mighty AI*, Data Robot* and Lumiata* through our Intel Capital portfolio and have invested more than $1 billion in companies that are helping to advance artificial intelligence. To support the sheer breadth of future AI workloads, businesses will need unmatched flexibility and infrastructure optimization so that both highly specialized and general purpose AI functions can run alongside other critical business workloads.