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Not really, it's not such a pity. It's not for us, mere mortals, unless you have billions of predictions to make and megawatts power to save. For your personal project where you make a few predictions per day you can use a GPU or even a CPU.

TPU excited me too at first, but when I realized that it is not related to training new networks (research) and is useful only for large scale deployment, I toned down my enthusiasm a little.

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