Linux Creates New Open-Source Project for Artificial Intelligence


The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, has introduced the Acumos Project, which aims to make artificial intelligence (AI) available to everyone – including drone developers – by providing a common framework and platform for the free exchange of machine learning solutions.

The founding organizations include AT&T and Tech Mahindra, a company specializing in digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering. Others are invited to participate as members in the coming weeks as the Acumos Project establishes its governance model, says the foundation.

With the Acumos platform, Linux says it is working to create an industry standard for making AI applications and models reusable and easily accessible to any developer. The foundation says AI tools today can be difficult to use and are often designed for data scientists. Instead, the Acumos platform will be user-centric and will have an initial focus on creating apps and microservices.

“An open and connected AI platform will promote collaboration as developers and companies look to define the future of AI,” says Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “Because the platform is open source, it will be accessible to anyone with an interest in AI and machine learning and customizable to meet specific needs. We expect interest from organizations doing work with autonomous vehicles, drones, content curation and analytics, and much more.”

AT&T and Tech Mahindra are contributing the Acumos Project code to The Linux Foundation, which will host the platform and its AI marketplace with a goal of nurturing an active, large ecosystem around the project to sustain it over the long term. Code will be available near the time of the project’s launch in early 2018.

“Artificial intelligence is a critical tool for growing our business. However, the current state of today’s AI environment is fractured, which creates a significant barrier to adoption,” says Mazin Gilbert, vice president of advanced technology at AT&T Labs. “Acumos will expedite innovation and deployment of AI applications and make them available to everyone.”

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