Alphabet (GOOGL) Continues its Push into AI, Acquires Kaggle

Alicia Guzman
March 10, 2017

"Kaggle is going to maintain independent brand for a while. what Kaggle has contributed to the community is democratisation of data, developer community. partnership with Kaggle is going to be very positive for us", said Chief Scientist Google Cloud (artificial intelligence and machine learning) Fei Fei Li here.

It was a natural fit for the company to build its new cloud environment around Google Cloud Platform, as it now uses a variety of Google services, Günther Oberhofer, head of networks and communications at Conrad Electronic SE, explains.

At the event, Google also announced its acquisition of Kaggle, a company that has cultivated a large community of data scientists and machine learning specialists.

While Google Cloud services have already been available in Canada, having a local region means organizations that deal with sensitive data or are heavily regulated - such as financial institutions or the health care sector - are more comfortable and able to use online storage.

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The Mountain View ad giant's hosted compute business is teaming up with the likes of SAP, Pivotal, and Rackspace to help them offer additional services to lure businesses into the Google Cloud service.

Kaggle was launched in 2010 and now has about half a million data scientists on its platform. Another possible use of the technology could be to make it easier to search user-generated video.

Schmidt made the comments at the annual Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.

Cloud Language can transcribe text in over 80 languages and detect inappropriate content. Users can then analyze the text output with other machine learning APIs from Google.

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On top of that news, the company is also changing its cloud pricing to let customers get discounts of up to 57 percent off list price in exchange for committing to buying a particular volume of CPU cores and memory.

Machine learning and AI will be a key tool in Google's box as it looks to grow its cloud capabilities and differentiate itself from its larger competitors.

"I think big data is so powerful that nation stats will fight over how much data matters", he told attendees. The partnership revolves around SAP's in-memory database SAP HANA that the German firm will integrate into the Google Cloud Platform, the two parties revealed.

Google's leading executives were also on hand to share their vision for the enterprise and why Google is pursuing the cloud as its next growth engine.

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General pricing for Compute Engine will also drop, by 5 percent in the U.S., 4.9 percent in Europe, and 8 percent in Tokyo, and the free tier trial has been extended from 60 days to one year, Google said.

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