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Google Is Partnering With Raspberry Pi To Create AI (zdnet.com) 57

Google is planning to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to the diminutive Raspberry Pi this year. The Raspberry Pi Foundation said in a statement, "Google is going to arrive in style in 2017. The tech titan has exciting plans for the maker community." ZDNet reports: The advertising-to-cloud-computing giant intends to make a range of smart tools available this year, according to the Foundation. "Google's range of AI and machine learning technology could enable makers to build even more powerful projects," it said. Google has developed a huge range of tools for machine learning, IoT, wearables, robotics, and home automation, and it wants Raspberry Pi fans to fill out a survey that will help it to understand what tools to provide. The survey mentions face- and emotion-recognition and speech-to-text translation, as well as natural language processing and sentiment analysis. "The tech giant also provides powerful technology for navigation, bots, and predictive analytics. The survey will help them get a feel for the Raspberry Pi community, but it'll also help us get the kinds of services we need," said the Foundation.
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Google Is Partnering With Raspberry Pi To Create AI

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  • Phone Home? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by iliketrash ( 624051 ) on Tuesday January 24, 2017 @07:35PM (#53731661)

    Of course, the Google-powered Raspberry Pi devices will all phone home. Right?

    • In fact, google doesn't even provide any installable AI component.
      All their offerings are cloud API only.

      So by definition, it only exclusively works by phoning home.

    • Of course, the Google-powered Raspberry Pi devices will all phone home. Right?

      Not necessarily, it depends on what you use. Many of the AI tools are inherently cloud-based, relying on Google's models for image recognition, etc. Those are too big and too complex to run outside of a data center. But you can also build your own TensorFlow models and use Google's cloud service to train them (a computationally-expensive process, which Google has custom hardware to accelerate), then download the trained model and execute it on the RPi (or a different machine), offline.

    • Do you expect to run Google's AI software complete with data centers on your Pi?

      This is Google giving access to its APIs there's no phoning home in the sense that you are being monitored.

  • AI? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Camel Pilot ( 78781 ) on Tuesday January 24, 2017 @07:38PM (#53731689) Homepage Journal

    Is it a bit presumptuous to call it AI? Machine learning yeah OK but AI? Really.

    • The "Voice-to-Meaning" capability of some AI clusters like Google's
      (or Amazon's Alexa, soundhound's Houndify, Apple's Siri)
      are quite impressive already.

      The ability to have a (more or less) natural conversation with the assistant, and cluster running somewhere in the cloud being able to decode what you want it to do.
      And such capabilites (thanks to a documented cloud API) can indeed be leveraged by any Raspberry Pi homebrew project, as long as an internet connection is available.

  • Like the other dozens of projects and partnerships that have promised pretty much the same over the last 40+ years.
  • TensorFlow Already Runs on a Pi Locally. There are plenty of projects out there working on this. I wonder what will be new here--better optimizations? I hope they address the use case of a Pi away from WiFi better.

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