The USPS, AI, and you
Joking aside (well, sort of — I would like that gift card), this could be a pretty big deal for the USPS. The world’s largest postal service processes and delivers 485 million packages every day. That volume has swelled in recent years as e-commerce has gone mainstream, and with digital retail still growing by double digits (spending is up 12.4% this year through September, according to the U.S. Census Bureau), the number of parcels in transit looks like it will only keep rising for the indefinite future.
Despite the growing importance of mail services, the USPS has come under fire in recent years. There was pressure from the White House and a Treasury Department task force purporting that the federal mail system doesn’t charge enough. Plus, with hundreds of millions of packages getting delivered every day, there’s ample potential for error.
That’s where NVIDIA comes in. Via Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE), the USPS is purchasing NVIDIA data center GPUs to power new servers and using the new computing horsepower to train AI algorithms. The AI programs will then be deployed via NVIDIA’s edge networking system to nearly 200 USPS facilities. The result, according to NVIDIA’s press release, will be package processing that’s 10 times faster, as well as more accurate. Testing is already underway, and full deployment is expected to be finished by the spring of 2020. Faster and more accurate mail delivery is just around the corner.