Applications have not historically been designed to leverage third party cloud services. With the rise of cloud platforms has come new ways of managing and deploying applications in the cloud. The floodgates are open, and services are emerging to complement the capabilities of these cloud platforms.
RAISR, Google's proof-of-concept, neural-network-backed image sampler, represents a fundamental shift to the visual paradigm of the web. Though it's true impact is still a ways away, it marks the point where people in the front-end world should start to get very interested in machine learning.