Computer Chips Built Just For Artificial Intelligence

From the article:

A.I., it turned out, works better with new kinds of computer chips…Today, at least 45 start-ups are working on chips that can power tasks like speech and self-driving cars…Venture capitalists invested more than $1.5 billion in chip start-ups last year, nearly doubling the investments made two years ago, according to the research firm CB Insights.

The article doesn’t mention it, but security is another reason for companies to invest in computer chips designed for A.I. work: most A.I. algorithms are iterative or recursive, and they run substantially faster on chips using speculative execution. The recent Meltdown and Spectre exploits have shown the security risk that this process creates in most modern processors, but there are ways to design a chip without that liability. Moreover, since these chips would be secure at the hardware level, attackers couldn’t bypass the security by disabling a software patch.

With the tremendous growth in A.I. technology, these new start-ups will have plenty of competition: if you can tolerate the risk, now’s the time to pick your winners.

You can read the full article here:

Big Bets on A.I. Open a New Frontier for Chip Start-Ups, Too


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