November 9, 2015

Google is Giving Away a Big Part of Its Machine Learning Software

Google has just announced that it's open sourcing TensorFlow under the Apache 2 license. That awfully nerdy sentence means that part of the software that Google uses to power its machine learning systems â the stuff that can translate words on a sign with your camera or learn what a cat looks like just by looking at a ton of photos â will now be free for anybody to use or alter.

Google says that TensorFlow can be used both by research institutions or by companies, and that it can work on a big, powerful computer or a tiny mobile phone. But as Wired notes, it looks like Google isn't releasing the version that works on vast arrays of computers. Google says it's releasing TensorFlow to "accelerate research on machine learning," but also...

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