Among the many things going on at Google IO 2011 one that might be missed is the news that the Google Prediction API is now open to all and has the following updated features:
- Streaming training data: Continually incorporate feedback for fast-adapting systems (e.g. user-chosen tags vs predicted ones, final purchases vs expected).
- General availability: Anyone can now sign up to use the API. Paid users also receive a 99.9% SLA with increased quota.
The addition of streaming training data opens up new possibilities for commercial AI. In addition there is now a set of demo models just in case you can't think of anything to do. Currently these include: Language identifier (English, Spanish or French); Tag Categorizer - tags a comment according to what it is about, Sentiment Predictor - positive, negative and neutral. You can also propose any models you have built to be added.
Later it is hoped that a sort of model community might be built with people sharing techniques and tips. Given the commercial possibilities of some of these ideas and methods I some how doubt that this is going to be a major success! However there is a suggestion that users might be able to sell access to models which might provide a very different motivation to join in.
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