Yahoo’s Open Source AI Has a Secret Weapon

Yet another tech giant is sharing its artificial intelligence know-how with the world. Today Yahoo published the source code to its CaffeOnSpark AI engine so that anyone from academic researchers to big corporations can use or modify it.

Yahoo may not be known as much for its technological prowess these days. But it did incubate Hadoop, an open source, wildly popular data crunching platform used by Facebook, Twitter and scores of other companies. And when it comes to AI, it has a unique asset. When training artificial intelligence systems, the data matters as much as the algorithms. And Yahoo has one of the more interesting data sets around in the form of Yahoo-owned photo site Flickr.