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I work at ValueFirst Digital Media Private Ltd. I am a Product Marketer in the Surbo Team. Surbo is Chatbot Generator Platform owned by Value First.

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By satyamkapoor | Jan 17, 2018 | 13254 Views

Google today came out and announced the alpha version of AutoMLVision which is a new service that helps developers including the one's that do not have expertise in Machine Learning to build custom image recognition models. Although Google plans to expand this custom ML model builder under the AutoML brand to other areas, presently the service only supports computer vision models. However, you can expect the company to launch similar versions  of the product for all the standard ML building blocks that are there in the repertoire. 
The basic idea here, Google says, is to allow virtually anybody to bring their images, upload them (and import their tags or create them in the app) and then have Google's systems automatically create a customer machine learning model for them. The company says that Disney, for example, has used this system to make the search feature in its online store more robust because it can now find all the products that feature a likeness of Lightning McQueen and not just those where your favorite talking race car was tagged in the text description.

The whole process, from importing data to tagging it and training the model, is done through a drag and drop interface. We're not talking about something akin to Microsoft's Azure ML studio here, though, where you can use a Yahoo Pipes-like interface to build, train and evaluate models. Instead, Google is opting for a system where it handles all of the hard work and trains and tunes your model for you.

It's no secret that it's virtually impossible for businesses to hire machine learning experts and data scientists these days. There is simply too much demand and not enough supply.

"AI and machine learning is still a field with high barriers to entry that requires expertise and resources that few companies can afford on their own," Google's chief scientist for AI/ML Fei-Fei Li said during a press event earlier this week. If you assume there there are about a million data scientists today, then that's pretty much the number of people who will be able to use your tools. "Today, while AI offers countless benefits to businesses, developing a custom model often requires rate expertise and extensive resources."

Google claims that presently AutoML is the only product of its kind in the market. If truth be told, there are services like Clarif.ai and others that are along the same lines. In fact, Microsoft's Cognitive Services also will happily customize their pre-trained models for vision, decision-making & speech recognition.

In order to get access to AutoML Visions, developers are required to currently apply for access. The company has not shared any pricing info so far, but it is likely that they will charge one fee for training the models and then another for accessing the model through the API's.

Source: HOB