Nvidia chief downplays Google’s A.I. chip

Nvidia has staked a big chunk of its future on supplying powerful graphics chips used for artificial intelligence, so it wasn’t a great day for the company when Google announced two weeks ago that it had built its own AI chip for use in its data centers.

Google’s Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, was built specifically for deep learning, a branch of A.I. through which software trains itself to get better at deciphering the world around it, so it can recognize objects or understand spoken language, for example.

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