During a virtual conference at Google I / O 2021, Google’s developer conference, Google Cloud has launched Vertex AI, a fully managed cloud platform that simplifies the deployment and maintenance of machine learning models. It is designed to help companies accelerate the deployment and maintenance of artificial intelligence models, Google says, requiring nearly 80% fewer lines of code to form a model versus competitive platforms.
Vertex provides access to the MLOps toolkit internally at Google for computer vision, language, conversation, and structured data workloads. MLOps, a compound of machine learning and information technology operations, is a newer discipline that involves collaboration between data scientists and IT professionals to produce machine learning algorithms. “Data scientists have a great challenge when it comes to manually choosing one-off ML solutions, creating a time lag in model development and experimentation, which causes very few models to go into production. In the face of these challenges, Vertex AI brings together Google Cloud services to create ML under a unified user interface and API, to simplify the process of creating, training and deploying scale-based machine learning models, ”says Craig Wiley, the product management director of the Google Cloud AI platform.
To increase the speed of experimentation, the service is also integrated with Vertex Vizier, Google’s artificial intelligence optimizer that can automatically tune hyperparameters in machine learning models. This greatly reduces the time it takes to tune a model and allows engineers to do more experiments and do it faster.
Companies that have started using Vertex AI have also gotten results. ModiFace, a part of L’Oréal, is a world leader in augmented reality and artificial intelligence for the beauty industry. ModiFace creates new services for consumers to try beauty products such as hair color, makeup and nail color, virtually in real time. ModiFace uses the Vertex AI platform to form its AI models for all its new services. For example, ModiFace’s skin diagnosis is based on thousands of images from Research & Innovation by L’Oréal, the company’s research group. Bringing together L’Oréal’s scientific research combined with ModiFace’s AI algorithm, this service allows people to get a bespoke skin care routine. “We offer an immersive, personalized experience for people to shop with confidence whether it’s a virtual test on the web or whether we help understand which branded product is right for each individual,” said Jeff Houghton, CEO of operations of ModiFace, part of L’Oréal. “With more and more users looking for information at home, on the phone or at any other point of contact, Vertex AI has allowed us to create technology very close to testing the product in real life.”
Wiley says Vertex will continue to evolve in response to customer feedback. “Vertex offers a series of tools dedicated specifically to data scientists, machine learning professionals and developers who want to deploy their machine learning efficiently. I hope that in further development there will be an innovation for this type of scientific data client under the Vertex brand, ”he said.