Google Cloud Acquires Kaggle, Releases New Machine Learning Products

At their Cloud Next conference, Google announced a new feature called the Cloud Video Intelligence API.

In terms of machine learning, Google Cloud has APIs for speech, text, image, translation and infrastructure and Google and SAP intend to collaborate on intelligent applications, such as conversational apps that guide users through complex workflows.

Google's SVP for cloud business Diane Greene along with CEO Sundar Pichai, Eric Schmidt, and Dr Fei Fei Li, Google's chief scientist for Cloud AI and Machine Learning, were the key speakers on the opening day. In a second demonstration the API was tasked with searching for "beach", and succeeded in finding videos which contained beach scenes in the same way that Google Photos can search a photograph collection for images of beaches.

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Yesterday Google announced that it had bought Kaggle, which is home to the world's largest community of data scientists.

VentureBeat noted that Google's biggest cloud competitors, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, do not now offer this type of API, though similar technologies exist for both image and speech recognition.

Increasing multi-cloud adoption has driven Google Cloud adoption to almost double over the past year, according to 451 Research. The enterprise software vendor's HANA relational database management system is generally available on Google's cloud as of Wednesday, including an express edition for developers that can be purchased on-demand.

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Google's innovations outside the core search business include healthcare (partnership with Johnson & Johnson for the development of surgical robots), self-driving cars (partnership with Ford), cloud computing and drones, all being driven significantly by machine learning. "The young people so rejoice when G Suite gets rolled out", she said, referring to versions of Gmail and Google Docs for the enterprise, so why not move the rest of the IT department to Google's servers, too? "We will continue to grow our competitions and open data platforms, and we will remain open to all data scientists, companies, techniques and technologies", wrote Goldbloom on today's blog post.

Google has detailed new ways it is using artificial intelligence to improve enterprise products, and the most exciting among those details is its new Video Intelligence API. The new region now lets customers such as large corporations move large amounts of information to online storage without having to leave Canadian borders like in the past with Google Cloud.

"Cloud is just a transformational technology", Greene said on stage, according to reports from Bloomberg. It could also be used to show more relevant ads.

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