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A robotics startup called Neurala has received a patent (No. 8,648,867) for a GPU-based system designed to run artificial neural network models. The patent covers the physical architecture of the system, which Neurala calls an “accelerator,” as well as aspects of data processing and user experience. It’s not clear whether the patent, which dates back to 2006, will affect others artificial intelligence efforts currently underway. Neurala’s business revolves around providing computer vision and navigation intelligence for robots, but GPUs are the computers of choice for many deep learning projects.

  1. Another junk patent. Doing machine learning on the GPU is obvious. The maths involved is highly parallel. Obviously, you’d want to run these sorts of operations on GPUs. The USPTO should be closed and bulldozed.

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