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This AI Partnership May be the Next Big Thing

October 15, 2017
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As the major tech companies begin to focus more and more on A.I., a new development has the potential to change the game completely. In a surprise announcement on Thursday, Amazon and Microsoft said that they would be teaming up to create a new project known as Gluon. Geek Wire writes that :

…new open-source deep learning interface called Gluon, jointly developed by the companies to let developers “prototype, build, train and deploy sophisticated machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps,”

This partnership is a game-changer because it combines the resources of two of the leaders in the field of A.I. to try and push the envelope even further. Business Insider writes that:

Google has bet its cloud computing strategy on AI. The internet company believes AI will become so important to the cloud, and that Google will be so good at it, that Google will leapfrog Amazon and Microsoft and win the next cloud war.

It can therefore be said that the partnership is one of mutual preservation. Should these two companies fall behind in the A.I. race, they could risk losing their place at the top of cloud computing according to Business Insider.

It is especially pressing for a company like Microsoft, who have recently announced that they would be scrapping their mobile phone division to focus on projects such as these.

The stakes have never been higher for big tech companies. Every few months that go by without a significant innovation seems to drain their respective stocks’. As a result, we may see partnerships like this more often. Mutually beneficial single project endeavors such as these allow both companies to profit without compromising the company’s entire identity.

Investors should look at the progress of Gluon in the future to see if Amazon and Microsoft are able to stay ahead of the competition. If they do, they stand a good chance at being the leaders in the A.I. race going forward.

To read Geek Wire’s article on Gluon, click here.

To read, Business Insider’s article on the Amazon-Microsoft partnership, click here.

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