Big tech players’ AI APIs will have a huge effect on IT
After years in the labs, artificial intelligence (AI) is being unleashed at last. Google, Microsoft and Facebook have all made their own AI APIs open source in recent months, while IBM has opened Watson (pictured above) for business and Amazon has purchased AI startup Orbeus. These announcements have not drawn much media attention, but are hugely significant.
“In the long run, I think we will evolve in computing from a mobile-first world to an AI-first world,” says Google CEO Sundar Pichai. What does the appearance of AI bots and machine learning on the open market mean for business, IT, big data, and for sellers of physical hardware?
What’s happening to the major AI platforms?
The AI APIs now opening up are essentially free platforms on which companies can build incredibly powerful analytics tools. “These hugely powerful tools, used, developed and backed by the world’s most advanced technology companies, are now available to anyone with the skills to use them,” says Matt Jones, Senior Analytics Project Manager at analytics and data science company Tessella.
He continues: “Using these toolkits, individually or combined, anyone can integrate transformational AI or machine learning platforms – which are as sophisticated as anything currently on the market – to their business on a pay as you go, or free basis.” The tech industry – and digital business in general – is on the cusp of something very big…