Developers Can Now Try Out Google’s Machine-Learning Platform

The company also opened access to its speech-recognition API. Google on Wednesday unveiled a new machine-learning platform for developers. Available now in limited preview, Cloud Machine Learning provides access to the same technology that powers Google Now, Google Photos, and Google Search voice recognition. It’s also used in Google Translate and Inbox’s new Smart Replies, and promises better training performance and increased accuracy compared to other large-scale deep learning systems. Developers can sign up now to build models from their own data, or tackle a pre-trained model, like the new Cloud Speech API. The latter, Google boasted, demonstrates speech-to-text conversion in more than 80 languages, “with unparalleled accuracy, especially in noisy environments.” The free API, which takes aim at voice-recognition company Nuance and Apple’s virtual assistant Siri, is open in limited preview…


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