Microsoft releases open-source artificial intelligence toolkit

Dive Brief:On Monday, Microsoft released its homegrown Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) on GitHub, allowing an extended network of developers to work with the open-source technology. Microsoft researchers use CNTK to accelerate advancements in artificial intelligence, helping them improve how well computers understand speech. CNTK has better communication capabilities and can recognize speech and images better than other available deep learning toolkits, Microsoft said. Microsoft uses CNTK to help power its Cortana digital assistant and Skype Translate applications, according to a Wired report. Researchers run machine learning algorithms using deep neural networks, inspired by the biology of the human brain, to advance artificial intelligence, according to Microsoft. Dive Insight: “Microsoft” and “open source” are not two phrases you would expect to go together, but this move is designed to help promote…

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