Gaming chip is helping raise your computer’s IQ

Facebook, Google and Microsoft are tapping the power of a vintage computer gaming chip to raise your smartphone’s IQ with artificially intelligent programs that recognize faces and voices, translate conversations on the fly and make searches faster and more accurate. It’s part of a trend toward the use of an artificial intelligence technique called “deep learning” that is creating a sense that a new era of smart technology is only dawning. “It has become difficult to tell the difference between state-of-the-art technology and magic, thanks to new sources of data, cheap memory storage, new algorithms and really powerful computers,” said Stephen J. Eglash, executive director of Stanford’s data science and artificial intelligence laboratories. “We’re all carrying these supercomputers around in our pockets. They do amazing things, yet I think they…


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