Rainbird Technologies has announced that its artificial intelligence software will enter open beta on 21 July, so in just under a month from now, the company hopes that a range of devs, schools, charities and non-profits will benefit from the product.
Rainbird AI is a web-based platform designed to make artificial intelligence tech available to and usable by those without any programming skills or knowledge.
Anyone can hop on board and utilise the software to produce an interactive knowledge base which other folks can consult online – for example, it could be used to produce a medical diagnosis system. Rainbird works on the principle of inference, connecting nuggets of data to arrive at an intelligent conclusion, thereby providing sound recommendations (or that's certainly the hope).
Rainbird sees its software as being applicable across a number of fields, including the aforementioned medical diagnosis tool, or for legal advice, or advice on loan applications, or indeed AI for shooter games.
The system has been in closed beta testing for six months now, and some 30 companies (large and small) and individuals have been putting Rainbird through its paces.
The open beta will see the introduction of a drag-and-drop interface to allow non-developers and those with no coding knowledge to visually design knowledge bases, and it will boast a faster compiler to support expansive knowledge bases. An inline editor will also arrive to let developers code in their browser.
Founder Ben Taylor commented: "The Rainbird software recognises the value of knowledge and allows anyone who has knowledge they wish to share or utilise to create a smart, interactive website. Without Rainbird you would need a vast range of skilled professionals at your disposal as well as an enormous budget to achieve the same result."
He added: "One of the most exciting things about Rainbird is that it is both challenging and accessible. It provides experienced developers with a fantastic platform from which to create the most amazing software of their own. At the other end of the spectrum, even those with absolutely no prior programming skills can use it to build a sophisticated, knowledge-based website."
Rainbird is set to go live and charge for its services in September, but most users will be able to use the software for free provided they're happy to share their knowledge base and let others freely access it for nothing.