Making use of Machine Learning Daily
We actually make use of Machine Learning everyday and it has become a constant part of our daily lives as using the internet is. You probably don’t know how many ML products you use and since Google is used for most query searches, email, photos e.t.c., you should know how the company makes use of ML algorithms in its products and what kind of products uses these algorithms.
Though ML and AI is not only used in Google, this company has revolutionized the way internet is being used, since its mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, and its vision is to “provide an important service to the world-instantly delivering relevant information on virtually any topic”, it is of no surprise that Google has invested billions in making this happen through the use of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
Google has taken advantage of the algorithms in Machine Learning to provide valuable and personalized experience to its users.
Here are some products you use daily that makes use of machine learning algorithms:
Have you used Google Search Engine or Chrome before? If yes, (you most likely have), then you have used RankBrain. It is a machine learning based search engine algorithm which helps Google to process search results and provide more relevant search results for users. I would say that this is a product that I definitely enjoyed, since I make use of Google search engine everyday, but mostly I appreciate it when i’m reading for exams or solving past questions in school. Have you tried to type a whole exam question on Google and check what the results will be? Its really cool seeing the results.. Google is like a library where you can find almost anything you search for and it won’t provide you with irrelevant results like ads, but within the first few lines of the search results you would get what you need. If RankBrain sees a word or phrase it is not familiar with, the machine can make a guess as to what words or phrases might have a similar meaning, and filters the result accordingly, making it more effective at handling search queries that it has never seen before.
Do you have a Gmail account? If not, then you are missing out (since it’s free) and if yes, then you have probably seen a fascinating feature of Gmail that you can’t but take note of.. especially if you use it often to send an email. Gmail finishes your sentences for you!!! Yes, it actually does. The machine learning algorithm used learns how you write construct sentences when you are sending emails and then replicates it when you try to send emails so that you don’t have to keep typing. It also takes note of common things like your address and phone number and completes your sentences when you need to make use of them, it is called “Smart Reply”. Also, the most obvious application of ML in Gmail is categorizing emails into social, promotions, updates, and forums and filtering spam messages.
Have you ever been watching videos on YouTube and gotten hooked on the recommended videos suggested? This is a machine learning algorithm that suggests videos based on what you are currently watching, be it a video of animals, or people falling down and cracking their skulls, or family videos, or even songs, YouTube is going to keep on giving you recommended videos to watch so that you can spend hours of your day there. The recommender system is used by many applications like Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, e.t.c. so it is a very common application of machine learning. But the sole purpose of Youtube’s recommendation system is to put fresh and relevant content to their users, so everything from the channels you are subscribed to and the videos you watch daily actually matters.
This is a cloud-based photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It allows users to backup their photos from multiple devices in a single location, while also collecting pictures of the same people or objects into organized groups. This app has made use of a machine-learning algorithm to classify images and create an album of photos taken during a specific period — such as a school trip — having just images with your “best” shots. It also adds maps to show how far you traveled and location pins to remember where you went. since it’s not easy to recall exactly where you went. Do you know that your photos are automatically backed up to the cloud? My favorite feature of this app is that it helps in decluttering and tracks down documents that waste storage, it also asks you before it removes these images from the folder and deletes duplicate files.
Google Translate is a free multilingual statistical and neural machine translation service developed by Google, to translate text and websites from one language into another. This service has made it a lot easier to communicate with people from different cultures, giving you the ability to translate what someone else has said or written into a language that you can understand. So recently, I have been using this application since I’m trying to learn a new language, which is a little bit difficult because of the different characters, but Google Translate also makes this easy because now I don’t really have to type I can just say the words and it will translate by voice.. (It can also be used to translate a whole document)
Google Search and Google Maps
I’m very sure you have used Google Search before. right? Then, have you typed something and have Google suggest some search queries that maybe you wanted to type or have searched for before. This is possible through the use of machine learning and it is also used in Google Maps and even YouTube. Google Maps also uses a machine-learning algorithm to inform users of some obstacles that might have occurred on their journey to a destination such as traffic jam or an accident so that users can take an alternative route if possible or don’t go out at all, it now provides real-time tracking data, which can forecast delays in hundreds of cities worldwide.
Google Assistant is an artificial intelligence–powered virtual assistant developed by Google that is primarily available on mobile and smart home devices. To perform its functions, this app relies on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies such as natural language processing and machine learning to understand what the user is saying, and to make suggestions or act on that language input. Just like Siri is to Apple and Alexa is to Amazon, Google Assistant is to.. well Google, it’s just that it doesn’t have a cute name. Google Assistant is actually very impressive. It can handle multiple queries at once, personalized results by recognizing a voice profile and it has the power of Google search behind it, making it very accurate.
Google Lens is an image recognition technology developed by Google, designed to bring up relevant information related to objects it identifies using visual analysis based on a neural network. Basically, this app lets you search what you see, get things done faster, and understand the world around you — using just your camera or a photo, cool.. right?
This app is very interesting since you can use it to search for anything just based on the visual or picture, it can also be used to convert text written to computer text which means that it can recognize text, it can directly translate texts from almost 109 languages to your native language. You can check out different other uses of Google Lens.
Finally, we have looked at 8 products developed by Google that uses Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, you can probably come up with more if you search well. Since Google is still developing, they will probably bring out more applications that will make life easier for their users, and many of these services are provided by Google through Google Cloud Platform (GCP) which is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search, Gmail, and YouTube. Learn more about it
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This post was gotten from https://medium.com/@tayeakinrele/8-google-products-that-makes-use-of-artificial-intelligence-and-machine-learning-51f90e45db67
By Taye Akinrele