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Intel's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Day brought with it a surprising amount of company integration with the relatively recent acquisitions of Saffron Technology, Movidius, Itseez, and Nervana Systems.


  • Machine learning is the fastest-developing subfield of AI in recent years, catalyzed especially by strides made in its subbranch deep learning. This has led to significant implications for efficiency optimization and technological progress within industries across both the enterprise and consumer technology spaces.
  • Intel's recent surge of AI start-up acquisitions includes Saffron Technologies, focused on analytic cognitive computing; Itseez and Movidius, leaders in computer vision technology; and, most notably, Nervana Systems, a full stack AI solution provider focused on deep learning and high-processing silicon chipset capabilities.
  • Some key facets of AI-ready processors include large memory stores necessary for machine learning (e.g. large data sets necessary for deep learning's neural network refinement) as well as high performance and virtualization capabilities.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides insight on Intel's current and future software and hardware capabilities.
  • Evaluates Intel's partnership strategy and its acquisition focus,
  • Analyzes near-future key developments in AI-affected industries
  • Identifies the acquisition rates of AI leaders.
  • Identifies AI potential in data center optimization.

Key questions answered

  • How should industries respond to the rapid introduction of machine learning?
  • Is Intel ready to lead the charge in deep learning with its hardware and software full stack solutions?
  • How will Intel's acquisitions help the company in its future?
  • Will the machine-learning talent pool increase with increases in quality education access?

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  • Summary
  • Early AI adopter success is highlighted by Intel's data center optimization
  • Intel's tech capability has far-reaching implications for healthcare, automotive, and more
  • Intel's partnerships and acquisitions have consolidated major players throughout AI


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