Thanks Microsoft: A Free Deep Learning (aka AI) Toolkit

If you haven’t yet heard the term “deep learning,” you will soon will. It’s a branch of artificial intelligence (AI) that attempts to mimic the part of your brain where thinking occurs. Microsoft uses it to plow through and make sense of masses of data and to power products like Skype Translator (currently in preview), personal digital assistant Cortana and Project Oxford which has tools for doing interesting things like recognize faces and expressions. (Back to the latter in a second.) Microsoft built a deep learning toolkit called CNTK (Computational Network Toolkit) for its own purposes, but they’ve now open sourced it and made it freely available on GitHub via an MIT license. Smarter Apps What does this mean for enterprises? It means that they can, at least in theory,…


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