MS Open-Sources AI Software Toolkit

Despite the many advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in recent years, researchers have not yet been able to develop a computer that can understand natural-language speech as well as humans. There are plenty of people working on the problem, though, which is why Microsoft is making its Computational Network Toolkit available to developers on an open source basis. Called CNTK for short, the toolkit has already proved far more efficient than others created to build deep-learning models for machine-enabled communication, according to Microsoft.Aiming to speed up advances in machine-based speech and image recognition, Microsoft researchers who developed the CNTK toolkit first made it available to outside academic researchers last spring through the Codeplex open source software project hosting site. Yesterday, however, they moved the toolkit to GitHub…


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