AT&T, the leading telco, has collaborated with Indian multinational IT provider Tech Mahindra, to build an open source AI project named Acumos, hosted by the nonprofit Linux Foundation.
The companies are providing this platform with an intention to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone by making the AI apps development easier.
“With the Acumos Project, AT&T and Tech Mahindra are leading the way in bringing AI and machine learning tools to the developer community,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “Making it easy for developers to get involved and to really steer the ecosystem around the project in the direction they want it to go is the key to making the Acumos platform successful.”
While the Linux Foundation will sustain and host the Acumos project, AT&T and Tech Mahindra will contribute with the programming codes. Acumos, the extensible framework for machine learning solutions, will offer the capabilities to compose, edit, integrate, train and deploy the AI microservices.
“Our goal with open sourcing the Acumos platform is to make building and deploying AI applications as easy as creating a website,” said Mazin Gilbert, vice president of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs. “We’re collaborating with Tech Mahindra to establish an industry standard for AI in the networking space. We invite others to join us to create a global harmonization in AI and set the stage for all future AI network applications and services.”
Most of the AI development tools are complex and are designed for data scientists, but AI is no longer a sci-fi concept. It is already a part of our data-driven world. Acumos will make artificial intelligence user-centric with smart automation and predictive analytics that will make drones, connected cars and appliances, and robots an everyday reality.
“Our investment in AI solutions over the past few years is helping us find tremendous opportunity to make it simpler for higher adoption,” said Raman Abrol, SVP & Strategic Business Unit Head at Tech Mahindra. “In collaboration with AT&T, we will help enable enterprises apply AI to reimagine business models, unlock the potential of data and drive business outcomes. Our ultimate goal with the Acumos Project is to accelerate and industrialize the deployment of AI at enterprises and get developers and businesses to collaborate effectively in order to improve how we all live, work and play.”
Acumos will be enhanced more in the future and it is expected to be able to communicate with home appliances, help self-driving cars take themselves for repairing, and improve life at home, school and work.
This project is expected to be available in early 2018.