Qualcomm Opens Zeroth AI Platform to Developers

They can use it to detect malware, identify faces in photos, look for tumors in x-rays, and much more. Project Zeroth, Qualcomm’s vaguely sinister-sounding campaign to bestow artificial intelligence on smartphones, robots, and many other devices, is adding an SDK to its offerings, the company announced today. Called the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, it’s essentially a deep-learning toolkit optimized for mobile devices. Since Qualcomm’s Snapdragon system-on-a-chip is already included in a vast array of smartphones and tablets, the SDK should prove popular among device manufacturers. Mobile devices with the processing power to handle machine learning have many consumer and commercial uses. Developers could use them to detect malware in mobile apps, identify faces in photos, and look for tumors in x-rays, said Gary Brotman, Qualcomm’s director of product management. Of course, they…


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