Free Google Software Creates Self-Learning Smart Computers

April 14, 2016

4:00 pm

Google is expanding its free software to now include self-learning smart computers.

TensorFlow, the company bringing this software to Google users, will allow for anyone with access to computer software to create their own smart computer from scratch that can program itself. Users can customize the settings to specify what programs they want the computer to learn, and it takes off from there. Learned skills can range anywhere from drawing and talking to recognizing pictures.

Making these programs available to programmers aids the next frontier for many tech vendors, as “machine-learning tech” is allowing them to better integrate services into their apps.

TensorFlow was first introduced as free downloadable software from Google back in November when the open-sourced project was posted on GitHub. In just a few weeks’ time, it became one of GitHub’s “most forked” projects for 2015. Large sharing numbers like this drive prominent tech companies to push for software that can be shared across every level of programmer access, helping to make tech more accessible overall. And with the latest version of TesorFlow, it’s easier than ever to run the program across multiple computers and train your computer to be self-serving faster.

Some are already expecting the influx of shifts to occur within the tech space as self-learning machines become more widespread throughout the industry. And who knows? The next Google or Facebook-esque company could be started from utilizing open-sourced and self-learning programs such as TensorFlow.


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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.