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New technology invented at the University of Waterloo is paving the way for artificial intelligence to break free of the Internet and cloud computing, offering a new means of portability.
The technology is a form of deep-learning artificial intelligence software developed to fit onto mobile computer chips. This allows artificial intelligence to be used in a range of devices, from smartphones to industrial robots. This portability would enable devices to operate independent of the Internet while using artificial intelligence that performs equivalent to tethered neural networks.With this, a hosting chip embedded in a smartphone could run a speech-activated virtual assistant and undertake other intelligent features, such as controlling data usage. Other applications include operating drones and surveillance cameras in remote areas.Commenting on the development, lead researcher Professor Alexander Wong said: "We feel this has enormous potential. This could be an enabler in many fields where people are struggling to get deep-learning artificial intelligence in an operational form.” [Read more]