Earlier this month, two big tech companies announced plans to help quicken the pace of bringing AI to the masses. In November, both Google and Microsoft announced open source toolkits for AI, including Google’s TensorFlow and Microsoft’s DMTK-based three-part toolkit. Both companies’ tools involve perception, vision, speech recognition and textual understanding tasks.
Bytes on Open Source AI: Lukas Biewald, CEO of crowdsourcing company, CrowdFlower, insists that open source AI tools are a bigger win for big data than software. He argues that the power of AI lies less in the software and more in the data that are needed to make machines smarter. In other words, Google may have lifted the lid on its AI software, but its most valuable resource remains sealed.