In today’s world, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are transforming every walk of life, these are technologies that enable people to rethink how we integrate information, analyze data, and use the result for better decision-making.
So, let’s start with the question, what exactly are Azure Cognitive Services?
To learn this better, we need to understand what Cognitive services are.
Let’s say you are an application developer and want to develop an application that can take an image as input and identify human faces, display the gender and also identify pet faces, if there are any, in that image. To accomplish this, you need to have a certain level of expertise in Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and a programming language like Python or R. This sounds difficult and quite time-consuming, right?
Now imagine if you can do all these without any prior knowledge of ML, DL, or python. Wouldn’t that be Great!?
By using Azure Cognitive Services, we can do all this and much more.
Azure Cognitive Services are cloud-based services with a set of REST APIs and toolkits that will help the developer with no prior knowledge of AI and Data Science to add a cognitive feature in their application.
These services also eliminate the need for labeled training data that is required to train our ML and AI model before start working on the problem, this helps us to save time and stay focused on fixing problems as soon as they surface.
For our above example, Custom Vision is the service that needs to be used.
All you have to do is just give an API call from your application to the Custom Vision API in Azure, and the rest of the work is handled by Azure.
Recognizing faces that you have used for your application is just the tip of the iceberg. Custom Vision also offers features like predicting attribute features from human images, such as age, gender, pose, smile, facial hair, emotions, etc.
Custom Vision is just a small part of the Vision Cognitive services that Azure provides. Azure has many such services related to Speech, Language, Search, and Decision.
All these services collectively are categorized into Azure Cognitive Services.
These services can be used across all programming platforms and help introduce AI functionality into a wide range of applications with minimal coding effort.
Developers can integrate their software with the ability to hear, understand, speak, see and make decisions using these APIs.
Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services is one of the most effective and highly used services of its kind.
Azure Cognitive services provide the following five types of services:
Let’s look at each of these separately.
Microsoft Azure’s Vision services can analyze visual content like images, GIFs, and videos to identify objects within it. They can enable apps to detect and group faces or objects based on distinct characteristics. Vision services include the following:
Speech services are used to enable speech processing in apps where speech can be converted to text and vice versa while also translating text to other languages and identifying speakers.
Speech services include the following:
Language services are used to analyze text to extract meaning from it.
Language services include the following:
Decision APIs analyze data and plot patterns to perform faster, precise, and more efficient decision-making.
These include the following:
Web search APIs enhance our searching experience on the World Wide Web. These include Bing Autosuggest, Bing Custom Search, Bing Entity Search, Bing Image Search, Bing News Search, Bing Spell Check, Bing Video Search, Bing Visual Search, and Bing Web Search.
The Azure cognitive services are a very useful set of REST APIs and toolkits that can help the developer to develop smart and intelligent apps. With these, we can create systems with human capabilities that can see, hear, speak and understand people in their natural language and use the same communication method to relate to them. Using the cognitive services, we can not only use it for development purposes but for other fields like making the app more secure, providing better customer support, and much more.
Azure Cognitive Services are quite useful in themselves, they provide a very promising platform for the future. Anyone with basic knowledge of programming and APIs calls can use these to enhance and expand different applications, they are only bound by their creativity.
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