IDG Contributor Network: Machine intelligence: Build your own vs. as-a-service

Fans of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” may recall the plotline earlier this season in which Erlich Bachman secures $ 200,000 in VC funding for See Food, a camera app that recognizes various kinds of food and instantly surfaces useful information, such as nutritional data.

Bachman is 5% technologist and 95% charlatan, give or take, so naturally there’s a hitch: See Food doesn’t exist. The funding is the result of a misunderstanding that Bachman quickly compounded into a lie. Antics ensue as Bachman, determined to keep the money, attempts to transmute his vaporware into a working prototype.

Here’s what struck me: Many of these antics, such as Bachman’s attempt to con a class of Stanford undergrads into training a machine learning model, are predictably hilarious—but from a technical standpoint, virtually none of them is implausible.  

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Google machine learning gains Kaggle and more

Google has already carved out a niche for itself in machine learning with projects like TensorFlow and Google Brain. Now, it’s adding data science provider Kaggle, which runs contests related to machine learning and provides services for data discovery and analysis, to the fold. The company also is moving ahead with other machine learning projects, including an API providing intelligence for video.

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Splice Machine seeks to deliver hybrid RDBMS as a service

Splice Machine, which specializes in an open source relational database for hybrid workloads, wants to bring that database to the cloud as a service.

The company announced this week that it will release Cloud RDBMS, a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) this spring. It noted that Cloud RDBMS will be able to power applications and perform analytics, without the need for ETL and separate analytical databases.

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Cloud and data center trends roundup 2016: Machine learning, hybrid cloud and Google’s enterprise ambitions

A decade on from the launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud market is continuing to evolve quickly. What was once seen as a toy for test and development purposes now hosts mission-critical workloads for some of the largest companies in the world, while vendors work on the next generation of cloud services, such as those around machine learning.

Business demand clearly shows no sign of abating. Gartner claimed the overall cloud market was valued at $ 208.6 billion in 2016, amounting to a 17.2 percent increase from $ 178 billion the year before.

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Google goes all in on cloud machine learning with new services

There’s an arms race among public cloud providers to provide businesses with the best machine learning capabilities. Enterprises are increasingly interested in creating intelligent applications, and companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are rushing to help meet their needs.

Google fired its latest salvo on Tuesday, announcing a set of enhancements to its existing suite of cloud machine learning capabilities. The first was a new Jobs API aimed at helping match job applicants with the right openings. In addition, the company is slashing the prices on its Cloud Vision API and launching an enhanced version of its translation API.

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How to approach machine learning in the cloud

Artificial intelligence and its machine learning subset are all the rage these days. That was evident when I spoke this week at the AI World event, which was packed with vendors and users seeking to understand what the hell AI and machine learning are—and wanting to know how they could use this old but revitalized technology effectively.

Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and the other major cloud providers all have machine learning services in their clouds now. But most enterprises have no clue on what the heck to do with machine learning systems, whether cloud or on-premises. Here’s some quick guidance.

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Could machine learning help Google’s cloud catch up to AWS and Azure?

Google has been offering public cloud services for several years now, but the company has continued to lag behind Amazon and Microsoft in customer growth. 

Under the leadership of VMware co-founder Diane Greene, who serves as the executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise, the tech titan has focused harder on forging partnerships and developing products to appeal to large customers. It has added a number of key customers under Greene’s tenure, including Spotify.  

One such win is Evernote, which announced Tuesday it would be migrating its service away from its private data centers and to Google’s public cloud. When Evernote was looking for a public cloud provider, the company was interested in not only the base level infrastructure available, but also high-level machine learning services and services for building machine learning-driven systems, said Anirban Kundu, Evernote’s CTO.

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Review: Amazon puts machine learning in reach

As a physicist, I was originally trained to describe the world in terms of exact equations. Later, as an experimental high-energy particle physicist, I learned to deal with vast amounts of data with errors and with evaluating competing models to describe the data. Business data, taken in bulk, is often messier and harder to model than the physics data on which I cut my teeth. Simply put, human behavior is complicated, inconsistent, and not well understood, and it’s affected by many variables.

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