>> Artificial intelligence may once have been the domain of an elite few. But new AI and machine learning platforms, means it's no longer something confined to R&D labs and garage based start ups. Meet Shaza Medi, this 18 year old senior in high school who got a C in geometry, created a smart phone app for a science project at school that can detect if a plant is sick.
>> I always had the impression that people who were into computer science, had to be math geniuses or had been doing it for a really long time. And so I never thought I could do it. But I came across this YouTube video that was, how to use TensorFlow in five minutes.
>> TensorFlow is is Google's machine learning platform, and it's open to the public to use. Shaza watched several tutorials, taught herself some basic code and two months later, had this app.>> I'm Reuter's Jane Lee, Google's developer conference in Mountain View, California. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are increasingly the fat bone of everything from self-driving cars, to Gmail, to Google Assistant and TensorFlow is behind it all.
>> Megan Kacholia, is the engineering director for Google Brain.>> It also makes it great, cuz we can have a lot more external collaborations, that before would have been very, very difficult because now we're actually using the same code base using the same tools.>> Google says, by making machine learning more accessible, it's democratizing AI.
But some AI specialists say there is huge competition among the tech giants, to get developers to use their specific machine learning platforms. The thinking is, the bigger the community, the better the chance that platform sets the standard. This astrophysics PhD Ari Silbert, used it to create a program to count the number of craters on the moon from an image.
Even he is impressed from a high student picking up AI.>> I think it's unbelievable that people who are their age are already getting so involved in the machine learning. I can only imagine how proficient and competent they'll be, once they get to my age.>> As for Shaza she's heading to University of Georgia this fall and plans to study computer science.