Opinion

Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and other "deep learning" techniques are finding increasing use in a variety of detection and recognition tasks:  identifying music clips and speech phrases, for example, and finding human faces and other objects in images and videos. As a result,
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We've been hearing a lot about autonomous cars lately – and for good reasons. Driverless cars offer enormous opportunities for improved safety, convenience, and efficiency. Their proliferation may have as profound an impact on our society as conventional automobiles have had over the past
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It's no secret that sensors are proliferating. Our smartphones, for example, contain accelerometers, magnetometers, ambient light sensors, microphones – over a dozen distinct types of sensors. A modern automobile contains roughly 200 sensors. As sensors proliferate, the amount of data
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Today, billions of hours of video are collected each year, but most of it is never used, because we don't have a practical way to extract actionable information from it. A new generation of computer vision solutions, powered by deep neural networks, will soon change this, unleashing the
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Since reading Malcolm Gladwell's Blink a decade ago, I've been intrigued by how the mind works – particularly how judgements and decisions are made. I've been inspired to take an armchair tour of research on this topic, and have encountered fascinating insights from the likes of
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In 2002, in a famous piece of unintentional rhetorical artistry, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke to reporters about "known knowns" (things you're aware that you know), "known unknowns" (things you're aware that you don't know) and "unknown
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My colleagues and I at BDTI frequently evaluate processors – sometimes on behalf of processor suppliers, and sometimes on behalf of processors users. Comparing processors can be complicated, given their many attributes, including some (like energy efficiency) that are difficult to compare
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In 2012, I wrote about how mobile application processors were becoming increasingly popular in embedded systems . Since then, this trend has accelerated, fueled in part by low-cost development boards aimed at enabling embedded system developers to evaluate these chips and quickly create prototype
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"The economy, stupid" was one of the phrases that strategist James Carville hung on a sign in Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign headquarters – a reminder to focus on what's most important. In a similar vein, the reminder "It's the memory bandwidth,
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Lately, neural network algorithms have been gaining prominence in computer vision and other fields where there's a need to extract insights based on ambiguous data. As I wrote last year , classical computer vision algorithms typically attempt to identify objects by first detecting small