Qualcomm unveils IoT-focused Vision Intelligence Platform
Qualcomm, one of the world’s leading technology manufacturers, has announced the launch of its new Vision Intelligence Platform, purpose built for the internet of things (IoT).
The launch of Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence Platform has also been coupled with the unveiling of the company’s initial system-on-chips, the QCS605 and QCS603, that have been manufactured with the capabilities to deliver advanced computing processing across a range of IoT devices and applications.
“Our goal is to make IoT devices significantly smarter as we help customers bring powerful on-device intelligence, camera processing and security,” said Joseph Bousaba, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies.
“The Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform is the culmination of years of advanced research and development that brings together breakthrough advancements in camera, on-device AI and heterogeneous computing.”
Qualcomm has implemented a range of its leading technologies on the chips, including its AI engine and cutting-edge computing and graphics processors (CPU and GPUs).
Further, the Visual Intelligence Platform includes Qualcomm’s camera processing, machine learning and computer vision software development kits, allowing developers to explore new possibilities for both industrial and commercial devices.
“The platform is a premier launchpad for manufacturers and developers to create a new world of intelligent IoT devices,” Bousaba continued.
Examples of such devices that Qualcomm expects to be created on the platform include smart security cameras, VR cameras, robotics and smart displays, amongst other advanced devices.
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.
First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.
“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”
Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse
Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”
Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.
“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.