Data Science Roundup #63: 5 Brand New AWS Data Products, plus Intel's AI Efforts & more!

This week features a deep dive into recent announcements made by Amazon: don't miss these new product
Data Science Roundup #63: 5 Brand New AWS Data Products, plus Intel's AI Efforts & more!
By Tristan Handy • Issue #63 • View online
This week features a deep dive into recent announcements made by Amazon: don’t miss these new products. Also: building the data team @ Monzo, automated vs. learned features, Intel’s commitment to AI, and some sweet Westworld analytics to prep you for the season finale.
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Spotlight on AWS
AWS re:Invent 2016 took place this past week and—wow—there are a lot of new products that have the potential to impact the way we all work with data. Here are just the highlights:
  • Amazon Athena is a direct competitor to Google BigQuery—a query engine as a service. Will it actually be as compelling as BQ? Unclear.
  • AWS Glue is an ETL service that extracts data from any JDBC-enabled source, has a transformation engine, and loads into AWS destinations. Crowded space, but always useful to have another option.
  • AWS Batch lets you “easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs”.
  • Amazon Rekognition is image recognition out of the box, built on the same tech Amazon uses for its own products. The use cases proposed at the bottom of this page demonstrate just how useful this could be.
  • Amazon Polly turns text into speech. Building a data product that predicts conversational responses? Feed those responses into Polly and you now have an IVR system.
Algorithms are increasingly being abstracted into cloud services, meaning that data scientists have access to increasingly powerful tools without needing to understand the details of how each individual model was tuned. This leverage is critical: it acts as a multiplier for what each individual data scientist can accomplish. 
Also not to be missed: How Google is Challenging AWS. The cloud platform wars are the hottest front of competition in tech right now.
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