With Core ML, Apple has managed to achieve an equivalent of PDF
for machine learning. With their
.mlmodel format, the company
is not venturing into the business of training models (at least
not yet). Instead, they have rolled out a meticulously crafted red
carpet for models that are already trained. It’s a carpet that
deploys across their entire lineup of hardware.
As a business strategy, it’s shrewd. As a technical achievement,
it’s stunning. It moves complex machine learning technology within
reach of the average developer.
If it really turns out to be the PDF of machine learning, that’s quite an accomplishment.