Discover the APIs

Microsoft Cognitive Services, Sept 14, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is just one of several services available form various companies around the web, but I'm linking to it because it's illustrative. The mechanism is simple: first you create an identity (this later allows you to pay for the services), and then you take advantage of Microsoft's APIs to access advanced cognitive tools for your application. For example: somebody submits a photo to your website; you send the photo to Microsoft, and Microsoft tells you what emotion the photo is expressing. It's commodified artificial intelligence (AI) and it's here now. We were using the Bing API last year; here's the migration guide to the new search API.

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