Facebook is building its own chips to filter live videos

Facebook is working to design its own computer chips for analyzing streaming content in a more efficient manner.

The purpose of this is to catch and filter crimes and suicides which are streamed lie on Facebook. There have been a few murders which have been streamed live on Facebook, and the firm has come under fire for failing to respond to the threat preemptively.

“Let’s imagine someone uses Facebook Live to film their own suicide or murder. You’d like to be able to take down that kind of content as it happens,” Facebook’s chief artificial intelligence scientist Yann LeCun said in Paris, speaking at the Viva Technology industry conference in the French capital. “There’s a huge drive to design chips that are more energy-efficient for that. A large number of companies are working on this, including Facebook. You’ve seen that trend from hardware companies like Intel, Samsung, Nvidia. But now you start seeing people lower in the pipeline of usage having their own needs and working on their own hardware.”

Facebook has reportedly been putting together teams to design semiconductors and other computer hardware

“Facebook has worked on hardware before: It makes its own server design, motherboards, its own communications chips for data centers,” LeCun said. Aside  “So this is not completely new for Facebook.”

Via Bloomberg.

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