Facebook's latest open-source tool will dramatically speed up AI projects

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Since becoming actively involved with the artificial intelligence ecosystem in early 2015, Facebook Inc. has made numerous contributions ranging from niche software modules to entire server blueprints. The social networking giant expanded its repertoire yet again this week by open-sourcing a toolkit called Torchnet that provides building blocks for deep learning projects. As the name implies, it's designed for use with Torch, a popular AI development framework that has been adopted by several of Facebook's engineering teams. Torchnet's main selling point is a set of five programming abstractions meant to common tasks involved in implementing deep learning functionality. One module provides logic for training models and testing their accuracy, while another helps assess the results.