[ExI] Google makes Artificial Intelligence available with new Prediction API

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Thu Aug 26 08:54:19 UTC 2010

What is the Google Prediction API?

The Prediction API enables access to Google's machine learning
algorithms to analyze your historic data and predict likely future
outcomes. Upload your data to Google Storage for Developers, then use
the Prediction API to make real-time decisions in your applications.
The Prediction API implements supervised learning algorithms as a
RESTful web service to let you leverage patterns in your data,
providing more relevant information to your users. Run your
predictions on Google's infrastructure and scale effortlessly as your
data grows in size and complexity.


Review article here:

Suddenly your social networking App is better at blocking spammers, or
your bank App can better guess which transactions might be the work of
an identity thief.

Google, in turn, benefits from a learning machine that is constantly
tested and improved by large numbers of users. The Prediction API code
should be able to find ways of applying the lessons it learns in one
application to another. Again, this is narrow artificial intelligence
– it’s not going to be able to solve any problem ever, nor will it
suddenly become self aware. It should however, become really really
good at performing the tasks it is taught.

And that learning code is going to be freely available over the
internet, distributed and mirrored thousands of times over so it can’t
be lost, growing in processing power as servers and computers are
added, and increasing in sophistication over years. This a very
powerful situation. As I’ve said before, narrow AI applications like
Google Prediction API won’t spontaneously develop into a general
(human-like) artificial intelligence but I do think they are laying
the groundwork for its creation.


More information about the extropy-chat mailing list