Google’s machine learning system has gone open source

Google Google’s artificial intelligence engine is now open source. Known as TensorFlow, the system has been made freely available to “accelerate” developments in the field of machine learning. Machine learning has been used by Google to help develop the Google Photos app, which can automatically detect people and places, and Google Translate. Most recently the company added machine learning to its Inbox app, which scans emails and automatically writes replies. “It’s a highly scalable machine learning system,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post announcing the news. “TensorFlow is faster, smarter, and more flexible than our old system, so it can be adapted much more easily to new products and research.” In its announcement Google acknowledged that machine learning had a long way to go and that “computers today still can’t do what…


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