But the benefits aren’t exclusively reserved for cars. The key concept here is “automated operations”, based on the realization that an electronic component capable of handling the stresses and strains found in passenger cars is also ideal for use in products in other industries. “Working with Nvidia, we’re bringing the supercomputer standards of performance required for artificial intelligence not just to cars and commercial vehicles, but also to all kinds of industrial applications,” confirms Dr. Stefan Sommer, ZF CEO.
Just what Nvidia’s technology is really capable of was demonstrated by company founder Huang in April of last year in San José, California. He fed 20,000 images of paintings from the Romantic era into an AI-based computer. Once this had been done, the Deep Learning machine proved capable of creating an original picture on its own, albeit a picture that was clearly in the same style as those it had just “seen”. Although the source images were categorized, the computer was not given any information on the subject of each painting. It had to work that out for itself.
Huang believes this development is the start of a new age. “We believe that Deep Learning represents a whole new computing model. The results are quite simply superhuman.” ZF developer Gollewski views the two companies’ collaboration as an opportunity to make a quantum leap forward: “Our cooperation with Nvidia gives us access to a world of digital possibilities in a totally new dimension!”