Why did Google open-source their core machine learning algorithms?

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Earlier this week, Google open-sourced TensorFlow. According to Matt Cutts, who has run Google’s spam algorithms for years, TensorFlow is essentially Google’s “secret-sauce.” That said, Google clearly believes machine learning is incredibly important and is willing to invest billions in R&D. So why would they be willing open source their core technology?

It’s simple. Machine learning algorithms aren’t the secret sauce. The data is the secret sauce.

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