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LG’s new AI chip to make AI smarter and Humanly

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The wave of smart technologies

With everything nowadays getting converted to the smart right from our phones to tell the appliances and now after this companies are on a pursuit for an efficient and perfect smart home. Home automation or Domotics is referred to as the process of building automation for homes, which are popularly known as smart homes. A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. While most of the companies are racing for smart devices LG had some other plans the firm is working on An AI processor that can process video and audio data to help it carry out its tasks around the home – all without an internet connection.

The AI Chip

The AI Chip (that’s literally its name) is based on a proprietary neural engine that attempts to mimic the way the human brain works. LG said the new chip includes its own neural engine that will improve the deep-learning algorithms used in its future smart home devices, which will include robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigerators, and air conditioners. The chip can operate without an internet connection thanks to on-device processing, and it uses “a separate hardware-implemented security zone” to store personal data. By using an onboard chip, instead of an external server, the processing also takes place in the device itself, not requiring an internet connection to deploy any of its smart features. LG’s AI Chip is just one step towards improved tools for home appliances. With the capability to understand voice commands, and even distinguish “the user’s emotions [behaviours] and the situational context”, we could be soon looking at devices that can really respond, and know what we exactly are doing, whether we are happily doing our chores or cussing. Whether we want our devices to know our mood is another matter.

LG’s Smart Appliances

LG is yet to announce any particular products with the chip, though it cites “robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines and refrigerators” as appliances that could benefit from the technology. LG isn’t alone in opting to fly solo in AI. Facebook, Amazon, and Apple are all reported to be working on AI and ML chipsets for specific purposes. In LG’s case, its solution is customized for smarter home devices. Google and Apple both use custom AI hardware (Pixel Visual Core and the A12 Bionic’s Neural Engine) in their phones, Tesla has unveiled its own processor to handle self-driving features and Amazon is reportedly working on a chip to help Alexa processing work offline. LG also claims powerful security is built-in — with all the data it takes in, blocking hackers who could remotely control a unit or use your machine’s sensors to violate your privacy would an unwanted outcome.

-Samarth Joshi

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