Facebook (FB) Boosts AI, Hires Google Chip Development Head
Facebook’s FB strong belief that technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) will revolutionize the future and emerge as big business opportunities is helping the company take proactive steps in this direction.
The recent hiring of Shahriar Rabii, Alphabet GOOGL division Google’s AI head of chip development reflects Facebook’s growing focus in this area
Rabii was instrumental in helping the “lead team in charge of building chips for Google’s devices, including the Pixel smartphone’s custom Visual Core chip, which brought machine learning intelligence to the device’s camera.”
Building a Secure Platform With AI
Facebook is building its own team to develop in-house chips, per Bloomberg, following the footsteps of Apple AAPL, Amazon AMZN and Google.The company’s efforts to develop in-house chips can help it better synchronize its hardware and software platforms.
Facebook is expected to use its in-house AI chips in the future models of Oculus Go VR headset and in its smart speakers that are anticipated to feature video chats as well.
Notably, Facebook has ramped up its efforts to secure its platform with AI technology following serious allegations related to fake news, data privacy and data misuse.
In order to bolster its AI portfolio, Facebook has taken the acquisition path. The acquisition of AI start-up, Bloomsbury, which specializes in natural language processing (NLP), is expected to help it counter the fake news menace.
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