Google Seeks to Influence AI Research by Giving Software Away

Google wants to set the standard on artificial intelligence. The Web company, seeking to influence how people design, test, and run artificial-intelligence systems, is making its internal AI development software available for free. The Alphabet Inc.-subsidiary is releasing a program called TensorFlow as freely available open-source software, it said Monday. It’s based on the same internal system Google has spent several years developing to support its AI software and other mathematically complex programs. Artificial intelligence enables products such as personal assistants, including Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana. It also lets Facebook and Google’s software automatically identify and tag the contents of images uploaded into their systems. It also makes entirely new product categories possible, ranging from self-driving cars from Tesla and Google, to new forms of entertainment in virtual reality…


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