Longway A.I., a Singaporean artificial intelligence company that builds hardware, has inked a partnership to develop a “Cognitive SSD” device.
Longway partnered with General Vision, an American company that builds neural network technology for artificial intelligence development.
SSD stands for Solid-State Drive and is a storage device that persistently stores data. Building out an self-supporting SSD tool is an important part of edge computing. The reason is because it could eliminate data transfer, which would allow for, say, a driverless vehicle, to store the information inside the car — helping it make decisions at a fraction of a second faster, which could make the difference in avoiding an accident.
Currently, artificial intelligence technology requires a centralised server base that acts as the “motherboard” for transferring information.
The goal of the SSD hardware is to create a ‘configurable neuromorphic search engine’ which, in layman’s terms, would be be a tool that replicates the human brain to improve the ability to search-and-sort through information.
In AI, when the term neuromorphic is used, it generally refers to computer chips that are built to replicate the brain.
Longway and General Vision will work to build a “2.5 SSD” which they hope will be launched in Q2 and Q3 of 2019 accompanied by a software development kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API).
Besides eliminating data transfer inefficiencies the SSD technology would help with cybersecurity. The reason is because the data becomes more dispersed, so even if one robot was hacked, it would only threaten the information for that one device — not the entire database.
Furthermore, eliminating the data transfer would make it a lot harder for a cyber criminal to hijack the information en route.
While there is a lot of technology in the background, the end goal of these kinds of innovations is to improve the agility of AI technology. The eventual goal of artificial intelligence is to replicate — and enhance — human thinking.
This means a product needs to be able to understand, and react to, seemingly random queries, requests or tasks. Doing this requires agility in technology, which is what partnerships like the one between Longway and General Vision hope to accomplish.