All posts by Jon Peck

Extending Alexa’s AI with Algorithmia Microservices

Amazon reports that there are now “tens of millions” of Alexa-enabled devices in use, from the compact Echo Dot to the revamped Alexa-enabled Fire Stick and Kindle. Voice-enabled devices are hotter than ever, but would be nearly useless without the wide variety of external services they rely on. Whether you’re asking Alexa to turn on the lights or tell you the weather, there’s a microservice in the loop, responding intelligently to your requests.

As a developer, how do you bring your own algorithm or service into Alexa? If your code is relatively simple Node, Python, Java, or C#, then you can use AWS Lambda for your base logic. If you’re using other languages, complex frameworks, or big GPU-dependant Machine Learning models, you may want to consider Algorithmia. Even if your core functionality is not complex, Algorithmia’s library of 4500+ ready-to-run algorithms can superpower your Alexa app, quickly adding advanced NLP, web scraping, image processing, and other turnkey machine-learning tools. Read More…

Advanced Image Manipulation and Data Extraction

A good image editor has a wide variety of features, from simple resizing to advanced photo manipulation. A good software platform needs similar tools as well, and when run in a scalable serverless environment, can include a variety of powerful image-transformation and data-extraction algorithms fueled by machine learning.

We’ve been building up a library of image-related algorithms for some time, created both by our in-house staff and our amazing community of 60,000 developers. If you’re interested in building algorithms and making them available to the community (as open-source or for royalty payments), it’s easy to publish an algorithm on Algorithmia!

Meanwhile, check out these great tools which you can use from any programming language, allowing you to code up complex image-editing and image-analysis workflows with just a few lines of code… Read More…

Build an Emotionally-Aware Chatbot in 15 Minutes

Chatbots offer a useful way to leverage the power of AI, and are now accessible for any size of application. The back-and-forth written nature of chatting is conducive to utilizing existing chatbot frameworks and AI models to automate interactions which would have required a whole team of agents just a short time ago. To demonstrate how easy it is, we’ll use a chatbot framework and a sentiment analysis model from the Serverless AI Cloud — both of which have free trial tiers.

Let’s create one now! It only takes a few minutes, and it’s free to get started. Read More…

Traveling Salesman by API

Traveling Salesman is one of the classic NP-Hard problems: finding the optimal solution can take a long time, but there are some great shortcuts available which come close! Algorithmia now brings you a fast, near-optimal way to find the fastest route through multiple cities, thanks to the power of Genetic Algorithms and easily-accessible APIs. Read More…