What does The Matrix, The Terminator and I, Robot have in common? Besides bad-a$$ actors, the movies show us the incredible world of artificial intelligence (AI). This is the inevitable future of the humans, a much-needed tech sans the doomsday element. In fact, the era of artificial intelligence is already here. We’ve already seen it in action via chatbots in messaging apps and also robotic arms whipping up meals comparable to 5-star Masterchefs.
Now, Huawei — world’s number three smartphone manufacturer — has announced its plan to release an artificial intelligence chip which would be used in an application processor that combines CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) functions.
In this era, the collaborative intelligent experience of the end + cloud + chip is very important.”~Richard Yu, CEO of Consumer Business
This is in line with Huawei’s move to stop producing low-end, budget smartphones and would instead focus on premium, high-end devices. Yu stated that the new processor would debut in the second half of the year. Though he didn’t go into specifics, Yu did mention that Huawei’s EMUI interface supported “deep machine learning and smart computing capability” according to DigiTimes. It would support credit transfers among banks (probably in China only, where Huawei Pay now supports more than 50 banks and public transportation systems in many cities).
Partnering Berkeley’s AI Research facility (BAIR) from University of California with their own Noah’s Ark Lab, the partnership is looking at deep learning, reinforcement learning, machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. Noah’s Ark Lab has facilities in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, with research areas including:
- Machine learning
- Data mining
- Speech and language processing
- Information and knowledge management
- Intelligent systems
The company’s plans to invest in “innovation, quality, channel, and service” may very well pay off when one day, future Huawei AI chips will be used in our daily lives from shopping, driving right down to the eating experience.