I saw someone asked a question How-can-AI-be-free? on Quora. Having keen interest in this field I tried to think of all possible reasons inside my mind. The question was not precise whether s/he wanted to know about whether the tools that we use for an AI project is free, or he was talking about languages, platforms and frameworks. But the answer was quite straightforward, AI is not quoted as a patent of any tech giant, neither it is a private hardware which only an individual can have access to. Artificial Intelligence is a subject/ field of study and knowledge is always free, all it requires is your mind to capture as much as you can. So I answered my logic or simply what I think about it. But together with this question another question which is my Blog Title to "Is AI Free" also seems to be valid. And here is what I answered:
Artificial Intelligence, this exciting research field in Computer Science itself is in it’s initial phase. And hundreds of tech giants, institutions, universities researchers are doing independent researches. And within last 8–10 years such research bodies have published Tools, Languages, Datasets, Frameworks and Libraries as well as community support platforms. It’s the knowledge about AI and necessary skills for performing the executions required prior to the concern about whether or not AI is free.
Just assume you’ve knowledge about AI and enough skills to program your robot/IoT whatsoever you want to, there won’t be any hindrance for you to implement your algorithms for a AI Project.
- There are huge datasets available from ImageNet to process, there are abundant online courses for free on Coursera.
- There are libraries in python liky SciPy , NumPy and Pybrain for the statistical analysis of data you use in your Machine Learning Projects.
- There are now foundations like Open AI and AI4ALL which aims to make this huge knowledge base of Artificial Intelligence to the open community.
And the lists about where you can get the resources for AI for free is abundantly available online. All you need to do is explore :)