Top 10 Open Source AI Projects in 2018

Posted February 1, 2018 By  Cynthia Harvey

These days, it's hard to escape the hype surround artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. According to a September 2017 forecast from IDC, worldwide spending on cognitive and AI solutions was around $12.0 billion in 2017. That total is likely to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.1 percent through 2021, when the market will hit a whopping $57.6 billion.

In its 2018 predictions, Forrester Research predicted that during this year, "AI will reshape analytic and business innovation" and that "AI will make decisions and provide real-time instructions at 20% of firms." However, it also cautioned that "2018 will be the year that CIOs will realize that new technologies like AI require hard work."

For many organizations, much of that hard work will require first learning about machine learning and artificial intelligence frameworks. According to Gartner, "59 percent of organizations are still gathering information to build their AI strategies."

Much of that information gathering will likely revolve around open source solutions. Many of the leading AI tools are available under open source licenses, and much of the cutting-edge research and development is taking place on these open source projects.

So which open source AI solutions should enterprise IT managers be investigating? This slideshow highlights ten top open source AI and machine learning tools that have become extremely popular.

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