Google makes artificial intelligence engine TensorFlow open source

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time, thanks largely to efforts by Google. The search giant’s AI engine already powers a number of experiences in products like Google Photos although admittedly, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. To that end, Google on Monday announced the open source release of TensorFlow. What is TensorFlow and why should you care? As Senior Google Fellow Jeff Dean and Technical Lead Rajat Monga explain, TensorFlow is Google’s second-generation machine learning system. It was designed specifically to address the shortcomings of Google’s internal deep learning infrastructure. Developed in 2011, DistBelief has served the company well but was narrowly targeted to neural networks, was difficult to configure and was tightly tied to Google’s internal infrastructure.…


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