Motorola's new Moto Z2 Force and Moto X4 are standout phones in their own right; they offer solid specs both on the high-end and in the mid-range segments, and both pack Qualcomm's latest and greatest SoCs for each segment; the Snapdragon 630 and 835. However, the more noteworthy component of each of their SoCs is the pioneering technology that they're launching; they're the first commercially available phones to feature the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE), a Qualcomm-designed neural processing platform that "accelerates on-device artificial intelligence (AI)."
The NPE API uses "on-device processing" and a deep learning model to improve and develop the performance of Qualcomm's Adreno GPUs; in this case, the Adreno 510 on the Snapdragon 630 and the Adreno 540 on the Snapdragon 835. Motorola seem to be leveraging this technology in a manner somewhat similar to Google's implementation of Lens through the Google Assistant; for visual recognition. Its Landmark Detection application can be used to recognise more than 1,200 buildings, sculptures, and landscapes from over the world, and link to more information about them via Wikipedia. However, Qualcomm believe that this technology can go much further, and be implemented in the automotive, healthcare, security, and imaging sectors to enable technological development and better solutions to everyday industry problems.
This platform is one of many ongoing efforts to develop AI tech across the tech world; with Google and Amazon making large investments into personalised machine learning technology for both the cloud and the consumer. Given the alarming rate at which this tech is developing, we're excited to see the form it takes over the course of the coming months and years.
What do you guys think? Are you curious ti see how this platform will grow over the course of the near future? Or are you scared of Skynet wiping us out? Let us know in the comments, or post over on our forums.