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A trend is starting to emerge: Advanced technologies are being made available first as cloud services that organizations can invoke easily via an API, rather than having to figure out how to deploy and master themselves. The latest example of that trend is a cloud service from AlchemyAPI that takes advantage of machine learning and computer vision technologies to allow publishers and providers of ad networks to more easily monetize content.
Despite the infinite compute power of the cloud and all the machine learning and artificial intelligence that thrives on that compute power, technology just falls short of our expectations. Which is exactly what happened when one developer gave Microsoft's Bing Speech Recognition API a whirl.
Amazon recently announced three new tools in the Alexa toolbox. A Natural Language Understanding (NLU) Evaluation Tool, Utterance Conflict Detection, and a new Get Metrics API improve Alexa developers' ability to reduce unintended skill conflicts, and track skills use and performance over time.