Baidu, China’s leading internet search engine, has released part of its artificial intelligence (AI) code on the internet. The company’s decision followed a call by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, for tech companies to start working together on AI.
Schmidt, now executive chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, says AI has the potential to fix some of the world’s “hard problems,” including population growth, climate change, human development, and education.
Schmidt has called on AI companies to publisher their biggest breakthroughs to the academic community.
Baidu Research’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL) decided to published some AI code, known as “Warp-CTC”, on code repository GitHub, four days after Schmidt made his call for more AI community cooperation.
The now-public code has been used to build a Baidu speech-recognition system called Deep Speech 2, which can recognize certain short sentences better than humans.
Baidu’s “Warp-CTC” tool can plug into existing machine learning frameworks being developed by startups and other companies to significantly speed up their AI development efforts.
Baidu isn’t the only company sharing its AI tech. Last Thursday Yahoo gave machine learning scientists access to a huge dataset that can help them develop computer programs that can think and learn for themselves.