(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc.’s researchers have created some nifty tools, such as artificial-intelligence software that can recognize objects in digital pictures, or a program that lets people craft three-dimensional images in a virtual environment. Their next step: give the technology away.

“Research and science needs to be done as much as possible in the open,” Chief Technology Officer Michael Schroepfer said. Instead of selling the software, publishing it “makes everyone else move faster. It also helps us validate our work.”

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