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Facebook demystifies smartphone AI with open source building blocks

While Qualcomm, Intel and others battle for market advantage based on closely guarded R&D secrets, Facebook is pushing advanced technologies via a range of open source activities. From its OpenCellular base stations to its support for the OpenGL graphics language, the social media giant is keen to shake up the economics of hi-tech platforms to accelerate adoption. This, it hopes, will enable brand new ways of interacting with web services, which it will aim to define and monetize, in the same way that Google defined the current generation of internet usage with its search box. At Facebook’s most recent @Scale event for software engineers, OpenGL was on show as a low cost way to deliver AI-enabled effects and user experiences…

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