LF Deep Learning Becomes LF AI Foundation to Encompass Growing Portfolio of Technologies

By May 22, 2019Blog

Today we’re announcing a name change to our Foundation, but it’s really about so much more than a name. It’s about reflecting the growing scope of our organization and the increasing number of technologies being built in our community. That’s why the new name is LF AI Foundation, which encompasses AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning, deep learning and more.

We are on the precipice of a major technological shift with AI, which is exactly the point in any technology evolution where open source software and community comes into play. The interest and contribution to our work is accelerating and the name change reflects that.

Over the past year, we’ve encountered new projects being hosted with us, rapid code releases within those projects and additional members supporting, adopting and contributing to this work. Our portfolio of projects, in particular, is expanding in ways that are supporting developer communities across AI, all under our stewardship. From Acumos to Angel, Elastic Deep Learning, Horovod and Pyro, we are building an upstream technical open source community that crosses artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and other AI sub-domains. It’s a natural time to more accurately reflect the intensive and comprehensive collaboration at work within our community.

The  LF AI Foundation will  formally expand its scope to support a growing ecosystem of AI, machine learning and deep learning technologies. In just the last six months, the overall ecosystem captured in our landscape has grown from 80 to more than 170 projects with a combined 350 million lines of code from more than 80 different organizations around the world. This level and pace of collaborative open source development is similar to the earliest days of Linux, blockchain, cloud and containers. The time to put the proper infrastructure and scope in place is at hand.

Join Us at the Open Source Summit NA

We’re hosting our LF AI members and community for meetings and discussion sessions on August 20th, one day before the Open Source Summit NA. Please join us in exploring and discussing LF AI and our projects. You can register to attend as part of your OSS NA registration.

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About LF AI Foundation

The LF AI Foundation, a Linux Foundation project, accelerates and sustains the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) open source projects. Backed by many of the world’s largest technology leaders, LF AI is a neutral space for harmonization and ecosystem engagement to advance AI, MLand DL innovation. To get involved with the LF AI Foundation, please visit https://lfai.foundation.