Intel’s Artificial Intelligence USB Stick Could Bring AI To Everyone

Intel on Thursday launched its Movidius Neural Compute Stick, which will enable users to easily develop artificial intelligence and deep learning applications, and even use the technology in research. The device is basically a $79 AI accelerator in a USB stick, that can be used without having to tap into a cloud-based system It consumes just 1 watt of power and provides 100 gigaflops of performance. It runs on a Caffe framework and connects to a PC via USB 3.0. It requires a 64-bit PC running Ubuntu 16.04, with 1GB RAM and 4GB onboard memory to function. More importantly, it can easily function offline, which means that it will make it easier to develop AI prototypes. Read: Humans vs. AI: The History And Future Of Artificial Intelligence “The Myriad 2 VPU housed inside the Movidius Neural Compute Stick provides powerful, yet efficient performance — more than 100 gigaflops of performance within a 1W power envelope — to run real-time deep neural networks directly from the device. This enables a wide range of AI applications to be deployed offline,” Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager of Movidius, said in a press release describing the processing unit, performance and applications of the device. At this price,…


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