Luminoso Technologies, Inc. Demonstrates that Natural Language Understanding Can Be Run on Embedded Devices

Business Wire

December 16, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Luminoso Technologies, Inc., a global leader in artificial intelligence-based deep analytics, announced that the company’s software incorporating word embeddings can be run on a Raspberry Pi, or the equivalent of an iPhone 5. In trials done earlier this month, Luminoso demonstrated that using only a Raspberry Pi and about 100 megs of ram, its AI software can process four novels’ worth of text in around eight minutes; none of the data required to do this ever leaves the device, and it all happens in an amount of processing power the phone itself can deliver. This capability has many implications, notably as an OEM offering for device manufacturers who want to run an intelligent agent or semantic search on phone, without the privacy concerns connected with having to connect to the cloud.

The ability to run natural language understanding software locally on a phone would give that device tremendous capabilities that devices currently do not have, specifically: remembering all of the unique language people use on a regular basis, from everyday slang and workplace lingo to more private data that one wouldn't want shared like their children's names. A phone could understand and store this information quickly and easily, without ever having to ship data to the cloud. Device manufacturers could use this capability to locally customize a virtual assistant, provide conceptual search functionality, prioritize emails and messages, and tailor the entire mobile experience to an individual user’s linguistic environment.

“There’s a lot of tension right now around the privacy of our devices, the security of people’s info in the cloud, and who gets to look at it to do what,” said Catherine Havasi, Luminoso CEO and co-founder. “Google, for example, probably has to read your email to do anything really intelligent with it. If these capabilities can be brought to end users’ phones, we can actually open up a broad range of capabilities that honor people's privacy and decrease device manufacturers’ reliance on cloud providers, while still giving an amazing user experience.”

“The ability to make powerful machine learning computationally simple enough that it can be run on an embedded device is notable because, until now, the industry assumption has been that natural language understanding requires a lot of time and a lot of memory, and thus is too computationally expensive to be done locally,” added Rob Speer, Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Luminoso. “Because Luminoso has already built an incredible word embedding up front, it turns out we can adapt it to any use case, and we don’t have to rerun, for every single device, the monumentally expensive process that other solutions use.”

About Luminoso Technologies, Inc.

Luminoso Technologies is a leading natural language understanding company that allows clients to rapidly discover value in their unstructured text data. With roots at the MIT Media Lab, Luminoso’s artificial intelligence-based software uniquely produces the most accurate and unbiased, real-time understanding of what people are saying, including insights that were not anticipated. These insights are used to increase marketing performance and build better customer experiences. Luminoso provides multilingual, flexible software that can be deployed to meet client needs in either a standalone Cloud or On Premise solution or integrated into an end-to-end client platform via an API solution. Luminoso serves clients such as Staples, Sprint, and Scotts Miracle-Gro, as well as a growing set of channel partners such as Publicis.Sapient and Basis Technologies. Luminoso is privately held with headquarters in Cambridge, MA.


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