Artificial intelligence is becoming part of our daily lives in more ways than one. Some you may not notice like the way content is being served to you on social media and search results like others are more active like your voice assistant like Siri. While AI still seems like an abstract concept to most of us, there are companies actively working to make various iterations of AI a reality. We've seen more life-changing AI in the form of self-driving cars making headlines with Tesla, Google and Uber all making plays in this field.
While this form of AI can be experienced by a select few AI technology seems like it's out of the hands of most and would be expensive to get a hold of or applied to one's daily life, projects, ideas or businesses. But that could soon all change with the launch of SingularityNET.
SingularityNET is a decentralized AI network has arrived that lets anyone create, share, and monetize AI services at scale. SingularityNET gathers the leading minds in machine learning and blockchain to democratize access to AI technology. SingularityNET is a full-stack AI solution powered by a decentralized protocol.
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You will need to head over to their application site and create an account. Account creation is free, and all you need is an email address. You will receive a verification email with an ID that you will need to input into the site to approve access for the first time.
I tried to access the wallet/set up a wallet, but it doesn't seem to allow me access which I can understand as it's still in beta and doesn't stop you from using the site.
Accessing or setting up a wallet
Once you logged in successfully, you can head over to their AI marketplace and start to play around with the various AI protocols currently available on the network. The marketplace works on a credit system and you are charged for each API call you make to use an AI tool of your choice.
I assume that is what the wallet is for, so you could fill your wallet with AGI tokens and pay for every time you ask an AI to process a task on your behalf.
Since the site is in beta, it offers you a demo account with 15 API calls to try out the various applications currently available. Most if not all of the apps are built in house by the SingularityNET, but it allows for third-party developers to list their application and accept payment.
Each application has a product with a description of the tool and how to install it or to run the demo live on the site. You can also get access to each apps direct Github profile to view the code and.
AI application product page
Taking AI for a test drive
I played around with a few of the AI tools available. Still, my favourite has to be the Style Transfer app, which lets you provide two images and use this service to transfer the artistic style of one image to the second image provided.
I had fun messing around and merging images, and it works in the weirdest of ways which im sure improves with use and machine learning.
An example of an image merge
Potential is limitless
As I mentioned before, AI is in the hands of the big companies, and most of us don't have access to it to leverage its advantages and if we did it would come at a high cost.
I think this one if not the most exciting concept for a marketplace with nearly limitless potential for growth. As more contributions are added from community developers and data is shared between applications, the marketplace and applications can only improve from the vast array of open source contributions.
It's also a great idea to monetise peoples work by allowing micropayments via the platform with developers getting paid for making products users want, and users can manage how much they use the tool most efficiently.
More about SingularityNET
If you want to deep dive into more about SingularityNET, there plans and other AI services the platform offers then check out the following helpful resources
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