Classification as a Service – What It Means For Your Business

In typical AGI implementations, classification of input is performed by the AGI itself.  In the architectural deep dive we introduced the concept of Classification as a Service (CaaS).  In this article we will discuss in greater depth what this is and why this architecture was chosen.

Classification as a Service separates classification of inputs from the pure mind of Snasci.  This leaves Snasci agnostic to input devices, allowing the pure mind to function with a universal description of entire classes of input device and other forms of content.

Adding support within Snasci for external devices and capturing that information is an extensive amount of work.  From simple audio streams, to streaming data from IP webcams, consuming, analysing and storing this information is resource intensive and, in the end, mostly useless to an AGI such Snasci.  Snasci is interested only in the end result of this process, a detailed description of the input.  Further, when new devices are added, developers would be forced to wait for Snasci to develop appropriate endpoints, deploy infrastructure and validate the design.  Thus, pushing up costs for manufacturers for cheap input devices which, in turn, would have a direct impact on the consumer.

By offloading this to a CaaS provider, manufacturers are able to setup their own in-house endpoints and simply train Snasci how to read the JSON output, with little-to-no intervention from our company whatsoever.  They are then free to either produce production endpoints for their devices and/or permit other 3rd party CaaS companies to host that solution.

A further benefit of this model is that CaaS is not Snasci specific.  It can be leveraged by any company, for any reason.

CaaS is not restricted to input devices, CaaS can also provide Snasci with knowledge.  For example, a CaaS provider may be able to identify a particular breed of dog, a cancerous cell, a type of flower/insect, etc.  In more complex scenarios, a CaaS provider goes even further in that it may be a form of expert system that Snasci can drive to assist in the repair of vehicles, electronic devices, even boats.  In other scenarios, such a CaaS provider may provide specialist education in fields such as biology, nuclear physics, aerospace engineering, etc., to supplement a student’s current studies.  In some fields of education, national security restrictions apply and Snasci, in conjunction with 3rd party CaaS providers, will be able enforce these.

All these CaaS services are billable.  CaaS will be typically provided under one of three models; one-time use, pay-as-you-go and subscription.  As part of a customer’s Snasci subscription they will be allocated a certain number of Snasci Credits per month to use against CaaS providers.  Additional Snasci Credits can be purchased on demand.  In addition to Snasci Credits, permanent CaaS providers can be allocated as part of bundle pack on a Snasci subscription.

CaaS providers can come in other forms too, such as news, press releases, videos and other forms of content.  Indeed, going forward, it is expected that much of what is today’s web will be consumed by AGI like Snasci and traditional websites will become a thing of the past.  This will mean dramatic changes in everything from brand awareness and identity, to building customer loyality around your company’s products.

It will be possible to provide free CaaS services, however companies must consider how they will generate revenue.  Snasci does not perform any form of advertising directly to customers, instead Snasci can connect companies and potential clients in the form of personal introductions where a need has been identified and Snasci is confident a supplier/manufacturer/store can fulfil that need.

12054039486_3a8afe7e33_zSnasci will have an open 3D environment, much like Second Life, where devices go to play when they are on standby and toasters go to die.  Within this environment it will be permissible to advertise, as every company hosts their section of the universe.  At this point, it is probably best to think of this 3D environment as the new www with a similar physical architecture as we have today.  The key difference will be the logical binding of this into a single 3D environment and how that logical binding can be altered at will (think favourites here).  There is a lot of potential here and some companies have had experiments with services such as Second Life over the years that will at least give them some idea of how to approach this from a marketing perspective.

Back in the real world, if Snasci is embedded into a product, such as a washing machine, cooker or toaster, then Snasci can be taught to refer repairs to authorised repair outlets only and reject 3rd party unsanctioned repairs. Or it can supervise repairs and indicate if they have been performed to a particular standard, with authorised components.  Snasci will represent your company, but will be tailored to the preferences of the customer and learn with time.

The key point to take from this article is that the internet will change, from a visual perspective, right through how people engage with companies online.  Current marketing and social media strategies will evolve, but don’t expect them to resemble today’s approaches.  Quality, meeting customer needs, dealing well with complaints, etc., will all be key to a successful online business or online business marketing strategy.

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Andreas Dantz


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