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Sony Joins Google, Facebook, Amazon in Chase for AI Developers

  • The Japanese company opens access to its deep-learning tools
  • Sony invested in U.S.-based AI startup Cogitai in May 2016
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Artificial Intelligence Powers Ahead

Sony Corp. opened up access to its deep-learning software tools, joining Google, Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. in a push to attract artificial-intelligence developers.

The Japanese company made its Neural Network Libraries available under a free license that lets programmers distribute, modify and use the software for any purpose without paying royalties. The shift to open source aims to “enable the development community to further build on the core libraries’ programs,” Sony said in a statement Tuesday.