“Any AI smart enough to pass a Turing test is smart enough to know to fail it.”—Ian McDonald, River of Gods
WHILE smartphone companies continue to highlight features, such as bezel-less screens, DSLR-like camera capabilities, higher screen resolutions and longer battery life, all of which are much easier to understand for the regular consumer, the more interesting developments are happening deep within the phone’s internals. Not just in terms of processing power or graphical capabilities, but artificial intelligence or AI.
According to research from Counterpoint’s Components Tracker Service, 1 in 3 smartphones, or roughly more than half a billion, shipped in 2020 will natively embed machine learning and AI capabilities at the chipset level.
Apple’s Bionic system on chip (SOC) will drive native AI adoption in smartphones, making the iPhone maker a leader in the AI-capable chip market through 2020. Huawei comes in second in the market with AI-capable smartphones when it launched its HiSilicon Kirin 970 SOC.
The initial driver for the rapid adoption of AI in smartphones is the use of facial-recognition technology by Apple in the iPhone X.
With advanced SOC-level AI capabilities, smartphones will be able to perform a variety of tasks, such as processing natural languages, including real-time translation; helping users take better photos by intelligently identifying objects and adjusting camera settings accordingly—things which, by the way, the Huawei Mate 10 smartphone series can already do.
Experts say this is just the start as machine learning will eventually make smartphones understand user behavior in an unprecedented manner. By analyzing user behavior patterns, devices will be able to make decisions and perform tasks that will reduce physical interaction time between the user and the device.
HUAWEI’S A.I. STORY
WITH the release of their most recent flagship products, Huawei hailed the advent of a never-before-seen AI development strategy: from chip planning to phone manufacturing carrying the AI platform. The Huawei Mate 10 with Kirin 970 chip was hailed as the “first mobile phone AI chip.”
Device Side AI, or On-Device AI, is one of the most talked-about topics in AI in recent years; it refers to a concept that the collection and calculation of data and decision-making are all performed on the end device. Compared with cloud AI, On-Device AI is featured by enhanced stability, less time delay and a commitment to protect user privacy at the same time.
However, its computing power is still not in the same league as cloud computing, but with the popularization of AI, On-Device AI is garnering greater acclaim in the market. On-Device AI requires corresponding chip/board on the hardware end device.
“The project of Kirin 970 was established two years ago,” said Eric Zhou, marketing director for Huawei’s Wireless End Device Chip Business Department, who has been in the chip industry for 12 years. He said the most important factor in defining a chip was prognosis.
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