Amazon Unveils Artificial Intelligence Products for Cloud

Amazon Unveils Artificial Intelligence Products for Cloud

Foto: Shutterstock

Amazon introduced an image recognition program, a speech-to-text service dubbed Polly, and tools for building conversational apps, highlighting its push to add artificial intelligence to its cloud-computer offerings, according to Bloomberg.

Andy Jassy, chief executive officer of the Amazon Web Services unit, unveiled the new products at the company’s fifth annual re:Invent conference, which drew 32,000 people from diverse industries to Las Vegas. He pitched Amazon’s wide breadth of services and ability to customize them for clients, while poking fun at Oracle, which Amazon dismisses as a cloud pretender.

The event attracted people from financial services, health care, gaming and other industries interested in learning more about how to use cloud computing, and let Amazon flex its muscles as a market leader in the fast-growing industry. Public cloud spending is expected to increase almost 17 percent to $204 billion this year, according to researcher Gartner.

Amazon is trying to maintain its lead over Microsoft, Google, IBM and Oracle as more companies transition from using their servers to renting computing power and data space hosted remotely, which they access via the internet. Movie-service Netflix is a prominent example of a web company powered by Amazon Web Services. Capital One announced it would transition more of its data to Amazon, highlighting growing interest of the financial sector in the speed and flexibility of cloud computing.

In the third quarter, Amazon had about 45 percent of the market for infrastructure as a service, where companies buy basic computing and storage power from the cloud, according to Synergy Research Group. Amazon’s revenue is more than twice that of the next three players combined, Synergy said.

More from category

Symantec Powers Consumer Security With the Microsoft Cloud

Symantec Powers Consumer Security With the Microsoft Cloud

19 Oct 2017 comment

Microsoft announced that cybersecurity leader Symantec is using the Azure cloud to help deliver its Norton consumer products to a global community of more than 50 million people and families. Azure provides Symantec with a highly reliable, trusted cloud that offers global scale and cost efficiencies.

IBM Announces Blockchain Solution to Speed Global Payments

IBM Announces Blockchain Solution to Speed Global Payments

19 Oct 2017 comment

IBM announced a new blockchain banking solution that will help financial institutions address the processes of universal cross-border payments, designed to reduce the settlement time and lower the cost of completing global payments for businesses and consumers.

AWS and Microsoft Announce Gluon, a Deep Learning Interface

AWS and Microsoft Announce Gluon, a Deep Learning Interface

17 Oct 2017 comment

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft announced a new deep learning library, called Gluon, that allows developers of all skill levels to prototype, build, train and deploy sophisticated machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps.