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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Here Come the New Neural Sticks

This was brought up before, but the idea seems to have advanced.    A trained 'stick' that contains the AI needed for Edge applications.   Faster now it implies to deliver the network needed.  Somewhat narrow?  Like they said for Drones and IOT.    Or say if you wanted packaging to be smart? I like the direction.

Intel Aims to Simplify AI with ‘Neural Stick’ Update   By Alex Woodie in Datanami

Intel today unveiled an upgraded Neural Compute Stick that it claims will dramatically simplify the roll-out of neural network inference applications in drones, IoT, and edge devices.

It may look like a standard USB thumb drive, but the Neural Computer Stick 2 (NCS2) that Intel unveiled today at its AI conference in Beijing is much more than that. In fact, the little device boasts a Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU) manufactured by Intel’s subsidiary Movidius, which powers a neural network used for predictive applications.

Intel’s NCS devices are designed to simplify the roll-out of AI technologies in edge devices. A data scientist equipped with a laptop can convert pre-trained deep learning models onto the NCS device, which plugs into any standard USB 3.0 port.

The NCS is designed primarily (but not solely) for computer vision and related applications. The neural network running in the NCS enable developers to build applications that can identify and classify objects at a high level of accuracy.  

Intel says that since it launched the original NCS in 2017, more than 10,000 developers have used the technology — along with the associated Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit — to build AI applications that tackle real world challenges.  ... " 

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