Earlier this year, IBM acquired the AlchemyAPI company. AlchemyAPI is a leading provider of scalable cognitive computing and deep learning technology that enables computers to understand language and vision just like human beings. Language-relevant services, such as sentiment analysis, keyword extraction, and relation extraction, can help analyze the content behind sophisticated natural language and add high-level semantic information. Vision-relevant services, such as image tagging and face detection, help us understand a picture’s content and context.
In this tutorial, you learn to build a simple web application that demonstrates the face detection function of the AlchemyAPI service on IBM Bluemix™. The face detection feature can:
- Study images and determine whether there are faces.
- Determine the gender and estimated age of the face.
- Attempt to identify the face, pulling from a corpus of over 60,000 well-known people.
This step-by-step example shows how easy it is to develop a cognitive app on IBM Bluemix with only a few lines of code in PHP.