November 14, 2014
YouTube is something of a cesspool, with pockets of exceptional quality here and there. Even the higher quality videos have an ephemeral aspect, mysteriously vanishing or being marked Private, from one day to the next. Others succumb to the more prosaic, account suspended due to multiple copyright violations. Illegal uploads of major recording label artists abound, or did. YouTube is also becoming a go-to destination for low-fidelity live concert recordings.
There’s no shortage of fee-based alternatives, so I’m not complaining.
YouTube LOL search algorithm
Google Research developed an aLOLgorithm, “Quantifying comedy on YouTube: why the number of o’s in your LOL matter” to measure YouTube videos’ hilarity. Let’s just refer to it as the LOLgorithm, for my ease of typing. Initially, I thought it was a prior year’s April Fool’s Day post. It isn’t!
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July 10, 2011
The recent release of the Google Prediction API Version 1.2 seemed oddly, well, magnanimous to me! Given the investment of intellectual capital and resources, I am surprised that Google would be so generous. Allowing access to the Prediction API means that Google is giving access to its in-house machine learning algorithms to external users.
1939 Ford pick-up truck will not likely use the Google Prediction API though other Ford products will
The official Google Code blog post, Every app a smart app, dated 27 April 2011, suggested many possible uses for the Prediction API. Some of the more interesting included:
The last item on the list has the potential, but not certainty, of causing serious privacy concerns. I’m guessing that customer feedback based on structured data is another potential use for the API.
I noticed that Ford Motor Company has plans for the Prediction API, specifically for commuters driving electric vehicles (EV). Apparently, there is a fair amount of “EV anxiety” due to limitation on range of travel. The Prediction API could be used to mitigate those concerns. AutoBlog is an online publication for automobile enthusiasts. It featured a great slide show demonstrating how Ford intends to make use of the Google Prediction API.
The Prediction API is available on Google Code. This is not the first release of the Prediction API. I’m uncertain whether versions before 1.2 were restricted in some way. (Google often grants API access to developers initially, and later, after ironing out any bugs or unexpected problems, opens the product to the public.)
Do be aware that a Google Storage account is required for access. Visit the Google API Console to get started.