Google has slowly been pulling back the curtain on homegrown silicon that could define the future of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Some key creators of that project - the Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU - recently left to team up with Chamath Palihapitiya, one of Silicon Valley's most prominent and outspoken young venture investors, on a stealth start-up.
Groq Inc. is the name of the company, at least for the time being.
There are no promotional materials or website. All that exists online are a couple SEC filings from October and December showing that the company raised $10.3 million, and an incorporation filing in the state of Delaware on Sept. 12.
"We're really excited about Groq," Palihapitiya wrote in an e-mail. "It's too early to talk specifics, but we think what they're building could become a fundamental building block for the next generation of computing."
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By the way, a "groq" is someone who does things that are completely assholeish but still are bad ass.
Source - http://www.urbandictionary.com/
Google, Microsoft, Tesla, etc. allegedly have pledged to protect humanity from the dangers posed by superintelligent AI. So far, the folks at Groq appear to have done no such thing.