The Future of AI: Unveiling Google’s Vertex AI Platform


Marking its everyday dominance in today’s world, AI plays an important role in our newly evolving technical society by performing tasks that require a thorough resources and human intelligence. Effectiveness, in today’s world, stands as a major difference between humanity and machines. Various industries have made AI an integral part of their system in order to make informed decisions and have an access to valuable insights. No matter how fast AI has made our live, it still remains difficult to develop and deploy an AI model as it is both complex and time consuming. In order to overcome these limitations, Vertex AI, a unified, scalable platform, was launched by Google Cloud, so as to simplify the end-to-end development process of an AI. This article will delve into a better understanding of the Vertex AI platform and will help you understand its functioning and day to day applications. In order to understand its functioning, let us first take a look at what is AI and how it was developed. 

The ability of a computer to process and carry out tasks that may require human resources and cognition is known as AI. AI in today’s date is seen from the field of medical to the field of business, thus making the relation between human and AI symbiotic.  

Let’s take a look at how the AI technology advanced and developed over the years.  

Beginning its roots in the 1950s, AI has been a part of our lives since a long time. In the year 1950, a man named Alan Turing, established a “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” which in the present world might be called AI. Moving further, in the year 1951, the first artificial neural network (ANN) was created and was named SNARC. It simulated a network of 40 neurons with the help of 3000 vacuum tubes. Moving further ahead in time, in the year 1966, Eliza was developed by Joseph Weizenbaum, which had the ability to interact with humans making them think that the software has human-like characteristics. 

Coming to the modern world, the first ever CNN was developed in the year 2011, and also what came into existence was a “voice powered personal assistant”, launched by Apple, named Siri. In the year 2019, Google AI took over and marked the beginning of Artificial Intelligence across the modern world and in the year 2020, GPT-3 was launched by Open AI

These evolutions further resulted in the creation of Vertex AI by Google. Let us now look at what is vertex AI and how does it function. 

What is Vertex AI?  

An extensive machine learning platform, Vertex AI is a platform created by Google Cloud in order to streamline the AI workflow by providing a unified interface. It can perform tasks ranging from the preparation of data to the deployment and monitoring of systems. It provides users with a set of APIs for machine learning. Vertex AI provides every user, the opportunity to use every Cloud service at one platform.  

Vertex AI comes with a variety of tools in order to operate the workflow of machine learning: 

  1. AutoML: it helps in building custom machine learning models and makes model selection and hyperparameter tuning, an automatic process. 
  1. Custom Model Development: It utilizes popular frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, and scikit-learn and encourages the training and deploying of custom models.  
  1. Streamlined Deployment: Through its managed serving infrastructure, it helps us easily deploy models. 
  1. Monitoring and Management: It ensures the reliability and proper functioning of the deployed models by serving a robust monitoring and management system. 
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Functions of Vertex AI

Vertex AI performs a majority of functions from preparing data to deploying models. It is a platform which can easily create or deploy and data or model. Let us have an insight on Vertex AI’s functioning: 

  1. Preparing Data: Data preparation tasks in Vertex AI are performed with the use of a variety of tools and services specifically designed by the platform. These resources can be employed by users in order to transform, clean and prepare their data for further use in the machine learning projects. This is considered as one of the major steps as the effectiveness of AI models is directly dependent on the Data quality entered by the user. 
  1. Developing Models: Vertex AI provides the user with a leniency to either customize the models through its popular frameworks such as TensorFlow, or use the already existing built machine learning models. 
  1. Training Models: Through the help of Google’s infrastructure, Vertex AI keeps account of training of machine learning models. The use of support training by the systems helps in reducing the time required in model training.  
  1. Deploying Models: Deploying options such as API endpoints are provided to the user after the training of a model. This further gives rise to the predictions about applications.    
  1. Monitoring and Management: Tools for monitoring and managing one’s models, are provided by Vertex AI. These tools further help the user to keep a track of the models functioning as well as any changes which might be required in the model.   
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Significance of Vertex AI

In the growing world of AI and technology, platforms such as Vertex AI hold immense significance, here are some of the reasons why you should switch to platforms such as Vertex AI in the modern day, rapidly growing technological world. 

  1. Accelerated Speed: It reduces the time of training and deploying of model through its use of Google’s infrastructure which further helps in fast AI implementation in the market. 
  1. Scalability: It is created to meet the demands of every sort of business and organization, no matter how big or small it is. This provides users with a great level of scalability as it makes the platform available for all sorts of works. 
  1. Consistency: By providing services for deploying and training of models, Vertex AI provides a consistent platform reducing the errors and enhancing the quality of delivering AI solutions. 
  1. Integration: Vertex AI seamlessly integrates with the Google Cloud Services in order to provide a comprehensive and efficient system.  
  1. AutoML capabilities: The AutoML feature, provides the aspect of automation and allows the model developing to be more accessible to a wide range of people.