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Raspberry Pi set for an AI upgrade with Google’s smart tools

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Google will roll out a set of artificial intelligence tools for the Raspberry Pi computer this year.

In a blog post on the Raspberry Pi community’s website, the US tech-giant is asking Raspberry Pi geeks, which sorts of tools they would like to see made available for the credit-card sized computer.

“We at Google are interested in creating smart tools for makers, and want to hear from you about what would be most helpful,” the firms said in the post.

Google’s artificial intelligence and machine learning technology involves face and emotion recognition systems, speech-to-text translation, as well as natural language and sentiment analysis.

The firm has been developing artificially intelligent systems for robots, home automation, wearables and the Internet of Things for several years. In 2014, Google acquired British neural-network specialist Deep Mind whose technology powered the AlphaGo computer that in 2015 defeated Fan Hui, the European champion in the Chinese board game Go.

Google also makes technology for navigation, bots and predictive analytics.

“Google’s range of AI and machine-learning technology could enable makers to build even more powerful projects,” the Raspberry Pi foundation said in the blogpost.

Raspberry Pi, currently in its third generation, is the most popular computer ever made in the UK. Launched in 2012, the device, originally aimed at school children, quickly gained popularity among computer geeks and makers. In September 2016, the Raspberry Pi foundation announced the number of items sold had exceeded 10 million.

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