Intel and Udacity team up on Edge AI. Indeed, on April 16, 2020, Intel and Udacity join forces into a new initiative called Intel® Edge AI for IoT Developers Nanodegree. The purpose of this program is to train the developer community in deep learning and computer vision. The two companies aim at accelerating the development and deployment of AI models at the Edge by leveraging the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit. The course will last for three months, starting on July 14, for a total of 10 hours a week.
The course will primarily focus on Intel OpenVINO toolkit, a tool that enables deployment of pre-trained deep learning models through C++ or Python inference engine API integrated with application logic. During the course, students will complete three real-world projects, each to be approved by Udacity’s reviewer network. At the end of the course, students will have developed basic proficiency in delivering AI at the edge. Those who complete the program will receive a certification from Udacity. Prerequisites include Intermediate Python and experience with Deep Learning, Command Line, and OpenCV.
“This program is part of Udacity’s commitment to provide training for 1 million developers worldwide,” said Gabe Dalporto, CEO of Udacity. “Our collaboration with Intel will open the doors for students to learn deployment of cutting-edge AI technologies at the edge and aid those with limited access to educational resources to grow in their fields.”
Edge AI is not a new concept, so much so that everyone is jumping on board. AI, being computational intensive, is traditionally deployed on the cloud. The cloud-based model, though, doesn’t cut it when privacy, security, and speed become primary requisites. Because of this, many scenarios simply don’t work well with the cloud. Asset tracking, self-driving cars, and RTLS systems for hospitals, for instance, demand time-sensitive response and a lot of bandwidth, and thus cannot externalize all the computational load on remote servers.
That’s why Edge AI is the future of AI.