Artificial Intelligence will now come in the size of an ant – courtesy Microsoft. The Redmond-based organization has initiated a project to develop an innovative range of machine-learning tools and software to embed AI (artificial intelligence) in computer processors with bread-crumb dimension. A team of 30 researchers with impressive credentials, has been deployed in it. This project, according to reports, is being carried out at two geographical locations, in India and the US, at a time. In the subcontinent, the research is going on round-the-clock at the Microsoft lab in Bengaluru, whereas the other site is Redmond, in Washington.
According to experts, successful completion of the project will result in a paradigm shift in the technology industry. In fact, Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO reverberated more or less the same thing, when he was quoted saying, “ We’re moving from what is today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world to a new world that is going to be made up of an intelligent cloud and intelligent edge”. As such, Microsoft seems to be determined to take the existing digital technology to further heights of glory.
As per information coming from reliable but undisclosed sources, the research team is thoroughly focused on developing all types of tiny intelligent devices that are possible. The range of this innovation will cover sharp soil-moisture sensors to facilitate more advanced irrigation to brain implants to warn users, in advance, about imminent seizures and much more.
Researchers involved in the age-defining development project are taking both the top-down and the bottom-up approaches simultaneously to achieve success. A team of experts, involved in the research work, interacted with the media a few days back. There they explained how the top-down approach proves helpful in developing algorithms that categorically compress machine-learning models. As a result, the developed models run efficiently on devices like Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi 3. These sharp, intelligent devices are the components of IoT or the Internet of Things. These gadgets are capable of functioning smoothly, even in absence of a net connection.