ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE
Artificial Intelligence came into popular vocabulary as a fantasy science term from movies and books, even though it was coined much before and in a different context altogether.
The team Agrima got interested in the concept of artificial Intelligence earlier in the college days. Our first product was a personal assistant built for blackberry devices. And soon we were further focused in creating virtual personal assistants to enterprises.
Since the initial days, the team behind the company stayed together in a cramped up apartment. One of the challenges in those days was to find recipes suitable to the ingredients in our kitchen. Instead of going for one time solution, we ended having an app in our hand, which could help us and , more importantly everyone who cook, to find recipes more easily. It was only a matter of time before we thought about incorporating AI, in to the app. AI or artificial intelligence would be a broad term to describe what the app does. What we have done is to train the app by machine learning to identify the ingredients visually. Which means, you could literally show your fridge or shelf to the app and it will tell you what all you could cook. How nifty is that?
This was around the time when Google was heavily promoting AI related research and startups around the glob. With our steady rise in downloads and stable user-base, we caught their attention . First we were awarded ‘editor’s choice’, in Google Playstore, first ever Indian App to recieve it. We were later selected for the fourth batch of Google Launchpad, a growth accelerator training program in Google Campus for promising start ups. We were one of the six start ups selected from the whole country.
Now we focus mainly on Computer Vision, the algorithm that makes recipebook so smart. Also there is another product getting ready, a blogging platform that makes the lives of foodies and food bloggers easy.
The goal of Agrima has always been to help people and organizations to make smarter decisions. We fundamentally believe that information and knowledge should be universally available everyone deserves effortless access to it.
As Alan Turing himself put it in his 1950 paper on computing machinery and intelligence, “we can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.” We have a long way to go.