Intelligence as a service | Technology Radar

A family of platforms burst onto the scene recently that we call intelligence as a service. These platforms encompass a wide variety of surprisingly powerful utilities from voice processing to natural language understanding, image recognition, and deep learning.

Capabilities that would have consumed costly resources a few years ago now appear as open source or SaaS platforms. It appears that the "cloud wars" have moved from competing on storage and compute to cognitive capabilities, as witnessed by the willingness to open-source previously differentiating tools such as Kubernetes and Mesos.

All the big players have offerings in this space, along with interesting niche players worth assessing. Although we still have reservations about the ethical and privacy implications of these services, we see great promise in utilizing these powerful tools in novel ways. Our clients are already investigating what new horizons they may expose by combining commodity cognition with intelligence about their own businesses.

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