Machine learning technology, which is defined in this ProgrammableWeb article, is starting to become a common component in many types of technology platforms. Machine learning has led to the advent of predictive analytics, which has been rapidly growing in usage and is becoming an important aspect of business operations and processes.
We have covered the BigML API before because of its innovative use of machine learning through an API tied up with very easy to use interface. Think of it as Google Prediction API but without a black box algorithm, and with enhanced real time data visualizations and a much better user interface and crisper documentation.
You ever wonder how Google is able to figure out just what the heck you're talking about when you search for "blue album cover" and you're not talking about the first Weezer album? Google is able to use your previous search, as well as a plethora of other sources, to predict what it is you are most likely trying to find. Pretty cool stuff, once you get past how uncomfortable that may be.