AI Products for All
Almost 3 years ago, a start-up “Google for people,” was initiated, which is a recruitment firm commenced three years ago and this is a new crop of companies which is using technology to simplify hiring processes, from sorting resumes to scheduling interviews. It is searching the internet to find publicly available information on any and all possible candidates, including scanning their Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, LinkedIn profiles, and more. After the commencement of this start-up, co-founder of the company Rishabh Kaul says, “Earlier, a resume was just like a balance sheet but now, you have a rich stream of constant data.”
This platform ranks potential hires according to their suitability for a role at a particular company after gathering profuse amounts of information which is just akin to how Google tailors search results for each query of the user. It looks to have cracked the code by selling its product to an impressive following. This list spans e-commerce giant Amazon and Flipkart, telecom giant Airtel, ride-hailing giant Ola and Uber, and online grocer BigBasket and others as well.
A few days ago, the AI based conference on AI was held in Bengaluru where it was demonstrated that how AI-based innovations have detected few deadly diseases, reduced accident risks, predicted consumer behavior and also helped farmers by increasing crop yields. According to ‘The Hindu’ newspaper, Artificial intelligence (AI) is will no longer remain the secret sauce of giant tech companies. Microsoft said that it was betting big on ‘democratizing’ AI and making it ‘available to all’ to help improve lives and transform businesses as well.
Anant Maheshwari, the president of Microsoft India, had discussed drastically, the Artificial Intelligence products where he also gave all the key information about the AI and it is harnessed by some tech and e-commerce giant. He also talked about one of the core perspectives we have had as a company is to democratize AI that really brings it for everyone.
The Microsoft Professional Program for Artificial Intelligence is available for free on the website edX.org, where you all get an option to pay for a certificate. All courses which are available runs for three months and starts at the beginning of each quarter. In these courses, there’s a bit of a focus on Azure and Microsoft’s Cognitive Services where you need to access an Azure account. Except these, an entry-level software development class for the beginners and an Artificial intelligence (AI) course for more advanced developers who want to expand their knowledge of machine learning, these are the two new program which was started by Microsoft, a few days ago.
How is Microsoft working with Flipkart, Ola, and other companies?
Avoid blindness –
Microsoft also has recently partnered with Bengaluru based health company ‘Forus Health’, that mainly focuses on retinal imaging devices. With the help of AI, it would able to detect eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration in a less time, and thus it will help you in reducing the blindness. “AI is going to be very important because when you can give the response to somebody immediately, the chances of he taking the whole thing more seriously is very high,” said K. Chandrasekhar, co-founder, and CEO of health company Forus.
Data privacy –
In the conference, recently held in Bengaluru, Microsoft stated that we are entering into the AI-era with all the ingredients like computing power, cloud, and big data coming together, so the company is taking it very seriously the consequences that introducing AI. “As AI is introduced in our daily life that’s why we want people to know what is going on with their data,” said Ms. Johnson. He added further, “If anything should go wrong, you can’t say ‘oh the machine did it’ that just is not an acceptable answer. You really have to take accountability for it.”
The one of India’s largest online e-commerce giant Flipkart has also taken an enthusiastic step in the field of artificial intelligence by establishing an inside unit named as ‘AIforIndia’, which will be supervised by its senior-most business and technology officers, as it attempts to put machine learning and AI at the core of its business. Sachin Bansal, co-founder, and chairman of Flipkart said in an interview, “The e-commerce firm will invest ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ in the AI initiative over the next few years”. Bansal further added, “Flipkart has begun recruiting dozens of AI experts, building infrastructure, striking hardware partnerships and working with top educational institutions, including IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology), to make its AI push successful.”
More than 600 India partners –
A Washington based firm said in its statement, there are more than 600 India-based partners are using the Microsoft cognitive services, Internet of Things (IoT), AI and machine learning platforms to build solutions for India. Over the last year, Microsoft and its partners have deployed AI solutions in various areas like health-care, education, agriculture, retail, e-commerce, manufacturing and financial services as well.
Taxy giant, Ola is also connected to its car platform Ola Play which would also leverage Microsoft AI and IoT technology to improve the driver and passenger experiences. Its telematics platform will leverage in transforming the car into a high-performing, intelligent vehicle, which would be capable of assessing fuel efficiency, engine performance, as well as driver performance. This great initiative taken by Ola will enable us to smarter navigation and predict breakdowns after enhancing safety and security.