Mitsubishi Electric develops ‘compact AI’

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Electric has developed what may be a crucial next step in the development of artificial intelligence systems. Its “compact AI” technology eliminates the need for large servers and can be embedded in a far wider scope of devices and machines than existing AI systems can. The company says that, by filtering information necessary for analysis, the new technology can drastically reduce the processes involved in computation for AI systems. The development can trim the computation needed for certain tasks by as much as 90%, according to Mitsubishi Electric. It plans to start offering applications for compact AI technology, such as autonomous driving systems and smarter industrial robots and machine tools, as early as 2017, a company source said. The breakthrough concerns a branch of AI called deep learning, which attempts to replicate…

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