November 17, 2015

Google Open-Sourcing TensorFlow Shows AI’s Future Is Data

In open sourcing the TensorFlow AI engine, Lukas Biewald says, Google showed that, when it comes to AI, the real value lies not so much in the software or the algorithms as in the data needed to make it all smarter. Google is giving away the other stuff, but keeping the data.

âAs companies become more data-driven, they feel more comfortable open sourcing lots of [software]. They know theyâre sitting on lots of proprietary data that nobody else has access to,â says Biewald, who also worked at Yahoo as a search engineer and helped bootstrap a notable search startup called Powerset, now owned by Microsoft. âWhat theyâre not opening up is their data. They would never do that.â

Read more at Wired.

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