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New Collaborative Platform to Spur Open Source AI Development


The Linux Basis this week introduced an agreement with AT&T and Tech Mahindra to launch the Acumos Project, a new platform for open source development of artificial intelligence.
The new platform is part of a broader effort to open up opportunities for AI collaboration in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

The Linux
Basis has been working with AT&T and Tech Mahindra for months to put this deal together, in the hope of creating a framework for new development in a standardized environment.

The project “will enable a community of AI-interested contributors to collaboratively work on an AI platform together under a proven governance structure for distributed open source software development,” said Mike Dolan, vice president, strategic programs, at The Linux

“The Acumos Project community that we are helping get started will have the opportunity to work together under an open governance model at a neutral entity within the nonprofit Linux
Basis,” he told LinuxInsider.

The plan calls for the participants to build out the community of interested contributors over the next few months, Dolan said, and they expect to announce the availability of the open source code by early 2018.

Potential Applications

AT&T is a Platinum Member of The Linux
Basis, Dolan noted, and the two organizations worked together on the Open Network Automation Platform launch last year.

The evolution of artificial intelligence from science fiction to reality needs a platform that can help make AI apps reusable and accessible to those beyond the companies that originally make them and lower the barrier to entry, according to AT&T.

“The goal of the Acumos platform is to accelerate adoption of AI solutions, especially in the TMT (technology, media and telecom) space through community based collaboration,” AT&T said in a statement provided to LinuxInsider by company rep Kacie Thomas.

“Today, IT developers don’t have access to AI microservices as part of their toolbox,” noted Raman Abrol, spokesperson for Tech Mahindra.

“The Acumos platform will give developers exposure to microservices, without needing to be experts,” he told LinuxInsider.

“It’s not another AI toolkit. It’s a framework for wrapping AI models into microservices, which can be easily incorporated into conventional software and deployed,” Abrol explained.
“AI model developers will get a new marketplace where they can showcase their work — not just within the community, but for the larger world. Making it open to all can lead to an entire industry of AI software built around a machine learning ecosystem.

This platform has potential applications for autonomous vehicles, drones, content creation and augmented and virtual reality.

“Our goal is to make it easier to apply AI algorithms to practical problems,” AT&T said. “It will let us use machine learning to tackle common problems in the networking industry.
This includes spotty wireless coverage, matching cell site placement in order to match capacity to actual usage, and filling in coverage gaps based directly on dropped call statistics.

“In the smart cities space, AI can help us make more informed energy decisions,” the company pointed out.
“AI can associate energy usage with weather forecasts and business calendars to more reliably shift between energy sources, like solar, wind and fossil fuel generation, on the fly, without over production or unexpected shortages Read More.
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