Programming artificial intelligence: from Japan an accelerator for Arduino

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A device to make artificial intelligence programming more accessible, thanks to the Arduino platform.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become the undisputed protagonist of most technological development projects. 

To develop AI, the learning phase (training) is fundamental, in fact, it is the moment in which the artificial intelligence system learns to repeat precise operations in the presence of certain inputs, just as a student at school learns to give the correct answers to the questions that are asked. 

The longer and more detailed the training will be, the more situations and requests (inference) that the AI ​​will be able to manage in an appropriate manner (comparable to a student assessment exam).

 Arduino FPGA2I Accelerator 
Arduino FPGA2I Accelerator

Obviously, all this requires a great computing power that not everyone (think of students or independent makers) can access.

A possible candidate could be Arduino since many less experienced users are able to manage and program it, but it turns out to be a platform that is not powerful enough to support these operations.

For this reason, a team of developers from Hokkaido University in Japan has created a field-programmable gateway array shield for artificial intelligence (FPGA2I shield) as an accelerator for Arduino. The board is able to guarantee a great computing power in all the phases of programming artificial intelligenceand is also totally modifiable and reconfigurable at will. This work is based on results obtained from a project commissioned by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Programming artificial intelligence
Programming artificial intelligence

Inside Maker Faire Rome – the European Edition 2019, the world-famous innovative technology fair, in which this project will participate, it will be possible to observe in action, touch, and try out many samples of artificial intelligence. This is an excellent way to stimulate creativity, and it could possibly be the catalyst for a brilliant new idea! All of this and more is waiting for you at Fiera di Roma from 18 to 20 October 2019.