Oscar-nominated film Her would have us believe that in the future we may fall in love with our operating systems. Or at the very least, it shows a much more fluid interaction with technology. Through mostly a speech interface, people are able to read email, search and view photos. Merge this with the Internet of Things that is taking over our present and you can see the power of APIs that speak your language.
Our API directory now includes 51 audio APIs. The newest is the Umano API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the SoundCloud API. We list 27 SoundCloud mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of audio APIs.
As I continue to report on new APIs popping up all over the Internet, one theme has caught my attention: systems powered by simple information tasks completed by humans. It’s developing trend in which humans take requests from software systems, complete them, and feed the results back into the system. This is a fundamental shift in computing. Now, Human input is no longer solely for the purpose of controlling or directing the application. It has become just another functional component of the system. The human is taking the place of a software component and can in some instances be described in terms of expected inputs and outputs.
In this age of automation and separation it is surprising to find human components of automated services. QuickTate believes that humans are still better than computers at speech recognition and that’s why the QuickTate API is built around living breathing typists. The company has taken the old model of a transcription service and revamped it to take advantage of the internet age that we live in: typists are distributed rather than co-located and jobs can be submitted via API from any number of applications.
This week we had 55 new APIs added to our API directory including one for government data from U.S. Department of Labor. There was also an iTunes sales reporting service, identity validation and fraud detection service, fitness tracking service, music licensing agency, stock photography provider, SEO rank checking service and local deals listings service. Below is more detail on all 55 of these new APIs.