Facebook plans to develop its own artificial intelligence chips, according to a report from The Financial Times that’s based on an interview with Yann LeCun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist.
Facebook intends to create a digital assistants with common sense who can communicate with the person on any issue. The company also aims to use artificial intelligence as a tool for managing a social network — it is assumed the chip will be able to moderate content.
During the interview, LeCun reportedly indicated that Facebook is already developing its own custom ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) chips to support its AI software.
The chip will be developed by Facebook’s secretive hardware division, which released the video device Facebook Portal last autumn. While the company is interested in developing its own AI chips, it also hopes to work with existing chip companies.