Facebook develops AI hardware, releases it under open source licence

December 14, 2015:   Facebook researchers have developed hardware for a type of artificial intelligence (AI) called deep learning, which can be deployed  within several Facebook applications. As part of an open source push, Facebook is publishing the hardware designs for individuals and programmer communities to explore through the Open Compute Project. Deep learning has proven outcome in tasks such as identifying images, recognising spoken words, translating languages and natural language processing. Notably, the two largest players and investors in this space are Big Data players Google and Facebook. The servers, code named Big Sur, are packed with graphics processing units (GPUs), the chip of choice for deep learning. The technique involves training artificial neural networks on lots of data — pictures, for instance — and then getting them to make inferences about new data. Facebook has been increasing investment into…


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