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AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy services and Rekognition features

AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy services and Rekognition features
From TechCrunch - November 22, 2017

Ahead of Amazons big AWS division Re:invent conference next week, the company has announced two developments in the area of artificial intelligence. AWS is opening a machine learning lab, ML Solutions Lab, to pair Amazon machine learning experts with customers looking to build solutions using the AI tech. And its releasing new features within Amazon Rekognition, Amazons deep learning-based image recognition platform: real-time face recognition and the ability to recognize text in images.

The new lab and the enhancements to its image recognition platform underscore the push that Amazon and AWS are giving to AI at the company, both internally and as a potential area to grow its B2B business in this area. They come about a month after AWS announced it would be collaborating with Microsoft on Gluon, a deep learning interfacedesigned for developers to build and run machine learning models for their apps and other services.

The fact that these two announcements were made today, a day before Thanksgiving, makes me wonder if AWS is laying groundwork for more AI news at Re:invent, or if they are indicating that this will not be a focus as it has been in previous years. It was last year that Amazon used Re:invent to announce Amazon AI, which is the division that will oversee the solutions lab.

The ML Solutions Labwhich Amazon said is available to any AWS Business Support customeris an interesting development because it points to Amazon ramping up not just in AI, but in business consultancy, which is a key cornerstone of providing IT services to corporate customers at companies like IBM.

We cant wait for developers to start their journeys into machine learning with theAmazon ML Solutions Lab, said Swami Sivasubramanian, vice president of Amazon AI, in a statement. By combining the expertise of the best machine learning scientists and practitioners atAmazonwith the deep business knowledge of our customers, theAmazon ML Solutions Labwill help customers get up to speed on machine learning quickly, and start putting machine learning to work inside their organizations.

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