Facebook is giving away a powerful new technology for building smart computers

FacebookFacebook is giving away the design of this piece of hardware, called Big Sur, that helps computers think and learn. On Thursday, Facebook’s industry-changing Open Compute Project (OCP) took on one of the biggest, most important new fields in tech: machine learning and artificial intelligence. Facebook is giving away for free some hardware designs that make computers smarter and able to learn. While most artificial intelligence is powered by software, as the software gets more sophisticated, it relies on more powerful and sophisticated hardware to execute its needs. In a blog post from Facebook’s engineering team, engineers Kevin Lee and Serkan Piantino explain: Over the past several years, Facebook has open sourced infrastructure components and design and has developed software that can read stories, answer questions about scenes, play games, and even learn unspecified tasks. Facebook’s AI work, which…


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