No More A Buzzword, Ai Has Arrived And Reached Human Parity
Open Source For You|February 2019
No More A Buzzword, Ai Has Arrived And Reached Human Parity

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the power to transform our lives. Today, more and more AI systems are being open sourced, which is expected to lead to many more interesting innovations. To understand the potential of AI and the role open source plays in it, Ankita K.S. from the EFY Group chatted with Sandeep Alur, director – partner engagements, Microsoft, at Open Source India 2018.

Q How do you think open source has evolved over the past few years in India?

Two things are happening mainly. One is the cultural shift that is happening because of the growth in the number of startups and entrepreneurs in the country. These startups innovate and build intellectual properties (IPs), and are starting to open source a few endpoints with the intent to seek contributions from the community, to make it better. Because of this culture, open source has taken off in a big way. Second is the push from the global IT giants in the industry and from the academia. These are the two driving factors that have led to the popularity of open source in the past few years in the country.

Q Personally, what is your favourite open source technology?

I love machine learning (ML). In fact, I have been working on some projects for which I wanted open source code for certain key functionalities. It was already available on GitHub (open sourced), so it was an easy start getting into what we wanted to build. My favourite programming language would be Python due to its dominant community backing, and the fact that a bulk of what we need for ML is available via OS libraries. So, if you want to work on AI/ML and you are good at Python, you are at the starting line already.

Q At which stage of AI development is the industry today?

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February 2019