IBM Turns Up Heat Under Competition in Artificial Intelligence

ENLARGE International Business Machines Corp. is the third company this year to make available proprietary machine-learning technology under an open-source license. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images By Robert McMillan Robert McMillan The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @bobmcmillan therealrobertmcmillan robert.mcmillan@wsj.com Nov. 24, 2015 6:00 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Programmers of artificial intelligence software got a new tool to work with Monday, when International Business Machines Corp. IBM -0.03 % announced a proprietary program known as System ML would be freely available to share and modify through the Apache Software Foundation. The letters ML stand for “machine learning,” a hot technology in Silicon Valley that enables computers to find common patterns in large amounts of data. Machine learning has been used to teach computers tasks such as predicting phrases entered into search…


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