Microsoft has been betting big on democratising artificial intelligence and it is for this reason they had earlier announced a framework that would help companies leverage Microsoft Technology and build their own AI systems. Now Microsoft has announced a Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit that is generally available to the public and is open source in nature.
Microsoft Cognitive Tool
Chris Basoglu, a partner Engineer at Microsoft announced,
“The 2.0 version of the toolkit is now in full release.”
The release of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.0 will be used in production-grade and enterprise grade deep learning workloads with the ability to add hundreds of features. In simple words, the tool will be able to help build both platforms for the industries and individual products that can be sold. In a nutshell, the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit is here to expand the AI ecosystem and while doing so enable a platform to build their AI capabilities,
The full release will also support Keras which is an open source neural network which is quite popular with developers who are working on deep learning applications. Now since the Cognitive Tool can directly be integrated with the Keras the latter can take advantage of its speed and performance.
Furthermore, the Cognitive Tool will also support NVIDIA’s Deep Learning SDK and graphical processing unit including the likes of NVIDIA Volta. The beta versions of the Cognitive tool have been successful in training the neural networks to think like a human brain and in fact in most of the cases outperform a human brain.
The latest neural network offers 900 times more information than the existing 30-meter resolution datasets without the need for data entry and image processing from the scratch. For instance, in China, a medical intelligence startup Airdoc is currently making use of Azure cloud service and the Cognitive technology in order to accurately detect diabetic retinopathy which is an ailment that will eventually blind the patients.