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Definition: edge AI


(edge Artificial Intelligence) Artificial intelligence (AI) functionality at the edge of the network. Whereas many virtual assistants and AI services use the cloud for the majority of their computing, edge AI runs in a local device. Also called "on-device AI," the ever-increasing capabilities of chips enable AI processing (inference engines) to take place in a user's computer, tablet or smartphone.

The Good and Bad
A major advantage of edge AI is that because processing takes place locally, it is not as vulnerable to eavesdropping as queries and responses traversing the Internet to a cloud service. However, there is always more processing power in the cloud, and edge AI cannot solve huge problems in the same time frame. See inference engine, AI and edge.