There’s an ‘AI backbone’ that over 25% of Facebook’s engineers are using to develop new products

FacebookA group of Facebook employees. Over 25% of Facebook engineers are using a piece of software to help them leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), according to a blog post by one of the company’s engineers. FBLearner Flow, as the software is known, is filled with algorithms developed by Facebook’s AI/ML experts that can be accessed by more general engineers across the company to build different products. “FBLearner Flow [is] capable of easily reusing algorithms in different products, scaling to run thousands of simultaneous custom experiments, and managing experiments with ease,” wrote Facebook software engineer Jeffrey Dunn, in a blog post on Monday titled “Introducing FBLearner Flow: Facebook’s AI backbone.” AI involves creating computers and computer software that are capable of intelligent behaviour, while machine learning can be…


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