In case you haven’t noticed it, we are in the middle of an AI boom. ML Engineers and Data Scientists are among the hottest job titles right now.

What is behind all this innovation? Is it breakthroughs in AI research? Yes. But there’s a more fundamental reason that AI is taking off right now: the cloud.  Yes, the cloud.

Cloud computing puts massive amounts of compute and storage at just about anyone’s fingertips. That has unleashed a lot more brainpower and innovation.

As these barriers to entry come down, companies and hobbyists around the world have started experimenting with machine learning and AI, exploring the possibilities and pushing the boundaries of what it can do. Much of this research has been shared with the wider community under open source licenses. A key example of is TensorFlow™, a machine learning library developed internally by Google and shared freely with the rest of the world.