How you can profit from AI
Two emerging trends are transforming the field of Artificial Intelligence.
One is the democratisation of general-use Machine and Deep Learning into commodity. Many tech giants provide full-service platforms that allow smaller businesses to use their AI solutions.
Secondly, the rise and concentration of the highly specialised drag and drop AI solutions without writing code.
Both tools and cloud based API's offer simple ways to integrate AI and create business value. We identified 4 themes in which these solutions have the biggest impact.
Below we organised all solutions into 4 themes
Three degrees of difficulty
Level 1 : Plug-and-play tools that can be applied by anyone
Level 2 : Tools for more experienced coders and data scientist
Level 3 : Libraries and database sources to build custom models
Data Analytics & Prediction
Data analytics and Prediction AI consists in most cases of Machine Learning algorithms that are not too complex and easy to implement. Used in analysing consumer behaviour and recommending your next favourite song or Netflix series. We will list the best tools in the field that do not require extensive development knowledge. We will highlight the most important ones.
Orange is a data mining tool with integrated machine and deep learning models. You can easily sort, analyse and visualise all kinds of data. To dive deeper inside the models and build more custom made models, you'll need some additional coding experience, but it is a pretty easy to use tool!
With drag and drop functionality you can run all kinds of regressions and use advanced deep learning functions which can be easily visualised in scatter plots and graphs.
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DataScience Studio is a free program from Dataiku in which can load your data from many sources in bulk or in real time. With a build-in data wrangler you can enrich and categorise your data easily to make it ready for analysis.
By using easy flow charts you can understand the data analysis and really get to the core of you business. From understanding ideal customer profiles to predicting fraud behaviour, all integrated in real time.
Run regression, classification, clustering models and visualise them in any way you want. Want to learn more? Check out Dataiku
Sherlock ML is a full-service platform with many possibilities.
• Compatible with most software providers
• Development skills required
• Monthly payment, free trial available
Big ML and Sherlock are close competitors.
• Great amount of features
• Complex to operate
• Pricing is either usage-based or get an enterprise offer
Apache's platform is an open-source Machine Learning Server
• This means it's completely free!
• Free also means less support, so do- it-yourself
SparkBeyond is a data prediction tool, combining NLP with ML which leads to great results.
• All-in solution enables you to run AI in your entire organisation.
• Pricing is case dependent
The use of computer vision has increased tremendously. Practically every industry is using it. Ranging from analysing images of plane engines in the aviation industry to analysing live video footage of human emotions. All self-driving cars rely heavily on computer vision. All these use cases are build on the idea of the human visual cortex, where different layers of neurons analyse images from small parts to the bigger conceptual context. In AI that is called a neural net, trained with enormous amounts of data to enable Deep Learning.
Matroid is a general image/video recognition product. They have different detectors that are pre-trained to recognise people, animals, actions, military or cars. It's easy to use and pricing is based on a monthly subscription. Check it out right here.
Artemis 1 is a plug-and-play video recognition for applications 'in the wild' as they call it. Recognise people perfectly with this easy non coding required software. Both available as cloud based and embeddable.
Cloud sight is an image recognition API that works super fast and very accurate. With a monthly subscription model that depends on amount of images not on data this can be a perfect match for your user case. Free trial of 500 images available.
Affectiva is an awesome MIT spinoff that offers all types of emotion recognition products. It works very easy, you just send your video content to affectiva and receive a full emotion analysis in return. It's also possible to us the service real-time and embed it in your products. Different products have different pricing schemes all customised for your needs.
Indico is available as plug and play API, but it's real power is used with custom model training.
• Image and text recognition
• Real-time use
• Pay as you go
Sticky is platform for analysing user behaviour with emotion recognition, click data and eye scanning.
• Not that hard, but requires eye scanning knowledge etc.
• Free trial available
Pilot AI only sells custom made products, but they bring computer vision to the edge.
• Works well on compute-constrained devices
• Only custom pricing
Clarifai is one of the best image recognition tools on the market. Although you can use easily deployable features, you can also customise many models for your own needs.
Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Natural language processing is a strongly developed and mature field within AI. For many years thorough research have been done for working with NLP models, even though the techniques are quite old. The recent breakthroughs in the field of Deep Learning has slingshot NLP into a new era with promising results. Recently, many subfields of NLP have undergone major growth and many new products like virtual agents or text analysing software have entered the market. Luckily for us, many of the underlying technology has democratised and is now easily available for SME business implementation. Below we list the most important and applicable tools in two difficulty degrees. Chatbots will be listed separately, because of the enormous amount of available tools.
Lexalitics offers Semantria a text and sentiment analyser available on your own hardware, as API and for Excel. The latter two are cloud based and Semantria is also available for mobile. It's use is straightforward and easy to implement. The user cases are varying across many different industries.
A super easy summary tool. Summarises your text to make large amounts of data into small amounts. It's an online tool and you payfor usage. Different pricing schemes and an API is possible.
Capio is a speech to text translator. Easily let your voice messages be transcribed by Capio. Even noisy audio can be interpreted by the software and Capio keeps on learning from the data it absorbs. Check the advanced analytics from your speech data to create business value.
Aivo offers a wide range of customer support AI products. Their flagship is Agentbot, a well-trained customer support chatbot, which is fully integrable with many tools like Salesforce and Slack. It can also be linked with Live, a system that links all channels into one big support group.
Aivo also offers Voice based customer support bots. This allows customers to speak to their phones. Other chatbots can Help as a knowledge base/provider.
It's relative expensive, but easy and offers good support.
Chatfuel is a messenger chatbot builder. It is super easy to use, and not very complex. This also means it cannot be very smart either, there's no learning involved. You have to start from scratch.
It is completely free, but if you don't want to build one yourself, you can pay them to build one for you.
Flowxo is also a chatbot builder, isn't bound to messenger alone. It can be build once and deployed to many different platforms. It does learn and can also be combined with human chatting. So if the chatbot doesn't know the answer you can quickly jump in to answer for it.
The pricing is based on usage and the amount of bots you want to use at the same time.
Hu:toma is a chatbot market place. You can buy specific use chatbots from them and other developers. You can also make bots and sell them on the platform. The building of the bots does require some coding knowledge since the bots ar pretty complex. They use deep learning to enhance performance.
Most of the bots they sell are actually free.
Wit.ai is a natural language platform for developers that offers:
• Speech for devices
• Mobile apps
Language understanding and generation is offered in different solutions.
Wit is free!
Former AI.API is comparable with Wit. It offers less languages. You can create different custom conversation experiences.
It is also completely free.
Cortical offers Retina API, an API that offers super fast language understanding. Custom products like topic detection are also available.
• Monthly subscription
• Free trail available
Enhanced Dialog Driven Intelligence is platform to create, test and maintain chatbots. The great thing about E.D.D.I is that the complete software is open-source.
The first three themes are pretty straightforward and it is relative easy to imagine how they generate business value. Optimisation might be a general term but we choose this definition in order to fit all the other convenient tools under this broader term. For example, AI is used in gaming, which can be seen as optimising the strategy of that game. The tools we listed below are separated in optimisation of personal life and process optimisation.