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Amazon steps up pace in AI race

Already Apple, Facebook, Amazon and other top tech companies are developing and using AI for their own products

Salvador Rodriguez | Reuters  |  Las Vegas 

Amazon

com this week announced a flurry of new machine learning features for its Web Services cloud computing business, raising its challenge to Silicon Valley’s biggest tech firms for the lead in
 
The new offerings will enable AWS customers to develop and quickly “train” their own algorithms, build software applications capable of translating language on the fly, analyse video, and scan text for trends or key phrases. (AI) refers to machines carrying out tasks that are normally associated with human intelligence. Machine learning (ML) is a subset of in which sophisticated computer algorithms are developed to recognise patterns in large volumes of data to solve problems on their own.

 
For example, with two of the new AWS features a firm could quickly transcribe customer phone calls and then analyse the text for customer sentiment.
 
Already Apple, Facebook, and other top tech are developing and using for their own products, but the new offerings from AWS could make it easier and more affordable for start-ups and less tech-savvy enterprises to implement technology. The product announcements, made at AWS’s annual conference in Las Vegas, cap off a year in which released 1,300 new AWS features, up from a little more than 1,000 in 2016.
 
“As always, is making it easier for to get started using new technologies,” said Mikhail Naumov, co-founder of DigitalGenius, a London-based customer service start-up that uses “Now they are making it easier for of all sizes to leverage powerful ML tools in their business.” Despite being the pioneer and dominant player in the cloud computing market, AWS is playing catch-up to chief rivals Microsoft Corp and Alphabet’s Google when it comes to new offerings, several of which will not be generally available until sometime in 2018. Microsoft, for example, offered Translator, a direct competitor to the new Translate, as far back as 2011, Microsoft said.

First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 02:29 IST
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