AI Services at Future Decoded 2017

The nights are drawing in, you’ve purchased your ‘big coat’ for the winter and Christmas adverts have started already…. it must be time for Future Decoded again! Future Decoded is Microsoft’s annual UK conference which describes itself as “A vision of the modern digital business for today and tomorrow”. This year, the conference is held…

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Looking forward to Hackference 2017

I’m very proud to announce that for the third consecutive year, Microsoft are sponsoring Hackference 2017. What is Hackference? Hackference is an annual developer conference/hackathon event held in central Birmingham organized by Hoopy and the wonderful Mike Elsmore. It is always a fantastic event; the speaker line-up looks amazing this year and i’m sure there…

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Using the Cognitive Recommendations API in Bots and Websites

Anyone that has ever shopped on Amazon or listened to music on Spotify will be familiar with the concept of recommendations where the user is offered recommendations of items based on browsing history, purchase history and other indicators of how the user has interacted with a product, artist etc. Recommendations often take one of these…

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Dear Meetup Organisers

One of the best parts of my job as a technical evangelist at Microsoft is to get out into the local community and get involved in tech meetups, conferences and other local events. I try to get to as many events as I can as a member, but I’m also happy to come and do…

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The Artificial Intelligence track at Future Decoded 2016

If you have been to or watched any event this year from Microsoft such as Build, Ignite or TechDays Online, you’ll know that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is core to Microsoft’s overall vision for how we’ll help every person and organisation on the planet achieve more. Microsoft’s vision include is about three bold ambitions: Reinventing Productivity…

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The many features of Cognitive Services – Part 1 – Vision

Microsoft Cognitive Services is a set of 21 REST APIs that enable developers of any platform or language to add machine learning smarts to their applications. Whilst there are 21 APIs, many of the APIs have several distinct functions within them. For example, the Computer Vision API facilitates the following capabilities: Analyse an image: Gives…

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Smart image re-sizing with Azure Functions and Cognitive Services

A few days ago I blogged about Generating thumbnails with the Cognitive Services Computer Vision API. The article talked about how we can use the Computer Vision API to do smart image resizing in C# and JavaScript. Today I’m going to progress this idea with Azure Functions. We’ll explore how to automatically create thumbnail images…

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Generating thumbnails with the Cognitive Services Computer Vision API in C# and JavaScript

I’m continuing to explore Microsoft Cognitive Services. This is a range of 21 public REST APIs, backed by Machine Learning which you can use in your applications. They do incredibly cool things and I’ve blogged about them before a few times: Introducing HowHappy.co.uk Using the Cognitive Services Emotion API in C# and JavaScript Machine Learning…

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Telling the time with ASP.Net Tag Helpers

ASP.net core has many new features but one of the ones which I’m particularly excited about is the introduction of Tag Helpers. This is simply because it makes my life easier as a developer and makes my code prettier to look at. In this article we’ll look at what Tag Helpers are and why they…

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Introducing HowHappy.co.uk

This week was the annual International Day of Happiness; I never knew we had a specific day to be really happy but it turns out that we do. This inspired me to finish a pet project I’ve been working on recently which uses the Azure Machine Learning¬†Project Oxford Emotion API (which I have blogged about…

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