Google has launched a new artificial intelligence cloud service for businesses with any size budget, and even those that lack dedicated in-house engineers.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the internet giant launched Cloud AutoML, a custom-built AI system creation service, on Wednesday for select customers, with plans to offer it to a wider range of users at an undisclosed price.
The user-friendly service will be initially used for building an advanced image-recognition system, which can be employed to identify certain pictures based on a set of conditions.
“Currently, only a handful of businesses in the world have access to the talent and budgets needed to fully appreciate the advancements of ML and AI,” Fei-Fei Li, Google’s chief scientist on AI and machine learning for cloud services, told a news conference. “Our mission is to democratize AI.”
Previously, an image search system required up to tens of thousands of pictures and a dedicated program, but a similar system can now be developed by sending many fewer images to the cloud, Google says.
For instance, to build a system that recognizes an image with a certain car model out of a vast collection of pictures, a user now needs as few as 100 images.
Engineers previously had to program AI tools and have them learn by reading a massive amount of data. Even with Google’s existing, free TensorFlow software, which drastically cuts down the programming process, some part of the work required an expert.
Google, Amazon.com, Microsoft and other cloud-computing service providers offer trained AI models for speech- and image-recognition, as well as for translation, on the cloud. But their functions are limited.
With the new cloud service, Google aims to address the shortage of experts in the field. There are only several thousand AI researchers with advanced knowledge in the world, and fewer than 1 million data scientists, according to the company.
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