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Apple's small Silk Labs purchase pushes AI to the edge

November 21, 2018 / Jonny Evans

Apple’s AI push into on-device machine learning continues with news of its acquisition of Silk Labs breaking just as the U.S. heads into its annual holiday season. The edge case for artificial intelligence (AI). The Information states Apple quietly acquired Silk Labs earlier this year. Apple’s new purchase seems a good one. The acquisition closely matches Apple’s feelings about the need to put AI/machine intelligence at the edge. Devices must be smart enough to function when they are offline and secure enough not to damage the privacy of customers. Apple’s Craig Federighi put it this way: "When it comes to performing analysis of your data, we’re doing it on your devices, keeping your personal data under your control.” Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has stressed both privacy and the importance of on-device AI in interviews in the last week or so.