Google Cloud Platform Adds More AI APIs

Google Cloud Platform has unveiled beta releases for two new machine learning APIs. The Natural Language API offers sentiment analysis, entity recognition and syntax analysis in English, Japanese and Spanish. Based on the same technology used by Google Now, the Cloud Speech API makes it possible for developers to add speech-to-text capabilities to their apps, and it supports more than 80 languages.

In related news, Google also announced that it is using artificial intelligence to reduce the electricity bills for its data centers. Back in 2014, Google acquired the AI firm Deep Mind for about $600 million. Now, it is using DeepMind technology to reduce its power consumption by 15 percent, which could pay for the DeepMind acquisition within a couple of years.

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