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Xuedong Huang

(via VentureBeat)

Microsoft today is announcing the beta launch of version 2.0 of its open-source deep learning framework. Until now the software has been called Computational Network Toolkit, or CNTK for short, but now Micorosft is changing the name to Cognitive Toolkit. The new name lines up more clearly with Microsoft’s “cognitive” marketing push from the past few months.

Instead of just being accessible through the programming language C++, now Cognitive Toolkit has native support for Python (specifically Python 3; Python 2 support is coming). The lack of Python has been the single biggest deficiency of Cognitive Toolkit, Microsoft… Continue reading