Microsoft and Amazon have joined forces, again, to work on artificial intelligence in a move that alienates their main competitor – Google. The two giants unveiled the latest tools that will be critical for developers who are interested in using open-source artificial intelligence software. This comes hot on the heels of their August announcement that their virtual assistants Alexa and Cortana have been configured to be able to communicate with each other.
The availability of these tools means that developers will have flexibility to use Gluon with MXNet and the Cognitive Toolkit since the specifications for Gluon will be made publicly available for adoption by other frameworks. Gluon is a Python-based application programming interface while MXNet and the Cognitive Toolkit are AI frameworks. The Cognitive Toolkit is backed by Microsoft and was open-sourced in 2015 while MXNet is supported by Amazon Web Services.