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How will open source AI change the tech industry?

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Henry Booker
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Google, Microsoft and Facebook have all made their own AI APIs open source in recent months, while IBM has opened Watson pictured above for business and Amazon has purchased AI startup Orbeus.

"These hugely powerful tools, used, developed and backed by the world's most advanced technology companies, are now available to anyone with the skills to use them," says Matt Jones, Senior Analytics Project Manager at analytics and data science company Tessella.

Part of Google since January 2014, DeepMind's AlphaGo neural network beat mankind at the ancient Chinese game of Go recently.

The Facebook M virtual assistant will follow.

"IBM Watson, Google DeepMind and the like are incredibly high-power cognitive platforms that are enabling developers to do really interesting projects," says Frank Palermo, Executive Vice President of Global Digital Solutions at global IT services company VirtusaPolaris.

Essentially, it's about getting software to alter its behaviour in a dynamic environment in order to get a reward you can't give Siri a biscuit every time she 'found this on the web' .

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