Upskill your Development Team with the latest AI skillset.

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The demand for skilled AI developers is reaching new heights in today's rapidly evolving technological landscape. As businesses embrace the power of machine learning to drive innovation and gain a competitive edge, developers are seeking efficient ways to transition into the realm of AI.

MindsDB empowers developers to upskill and seamlessly deploy AI models using their existing SQL knowledge. With MindsDB, the path to becoming an AI developer becomes accessible to a broader audience, eliminating the steep learning curve often associated with traditional AI frameworks and enabling developers to integrate AI into their projects effortlessly. Let's explore how MindsDB helps developers to become proficient AI practitioners, one SQL query at a time.

In this blog post, we'll begin by providing an introduction to MindsDB, shedding light on its core functionalities and capabilities. Next, we'll delve into the existing challenges of the AI development workflow and how MindsDB offers a solution to overcome these obstacles. Lastly, we'll walk you through a comprehensive example that demonstrates the seamless integration of Language Model Models (LLMs) into your data using MindsDB.

What is MindsDB

MindsDB is a cloud for serving Artificial Intelligence Logic, enabling developers to ship AI-powered projects from prototyping & experimentation to production in a fast & scalable way.

We do this by abstracting Generative AI, LLMs, and other AI model output as a virtual table (AI-Tables) on top of enterprise databases. This increases accessibility within organizations and enables development teams to use their existing skills to build applications powered by AI.

By taking a data-centric approach to AI, MindsDB brings the process closer to the source of the data minimizing the need to build and maintain data pipelines and ETL’ing, speeding up the time to deployment and reducing complexity.

Current Challenges in AI Development

One of the significant challenges in AI development is the time-consuming process of implementing AI models. Commonly, developing and deploying AI models requires extensive coding, data preprocessing, and feature engineering. AI Engineers often spend a considerable amount of time researching, experimenting, and fine-tuning models to achieve satisfactory results. This iterative process can significantly delay the deployment of AI systems and hinder rapid development cycles.

Another challenge lies in the complex setup of ETL pipelines to bring data to AI models, as data preparation and preprocessing play a crucial role in building effective AI models. Managing the entire ETL workflow, including data collection, preprocessing, transformation, and integration, can be intricate and time-consuming. Data engineers and scientists often face challenges aligning diverse data sources, handling missing values, and ensuring data quality, making the setup process arduous and error-prone.

Implementing an AI system traditionally demands a team of highly skilled and specialized professionals, including data scientists, machine learning engineers, and domain experts. These professionals must possess expertise in various areas, such as data analysis, statistical modeling, algorithm development, and infrastructure setup. However, the scarcity and high demand for these professionals can make building an AI system a costly endeavor. The expense of hiring and maintaining a skilled team can be beyond reach for many organizations, limiting their ability to adopt AI technology effectively.

Addressing these challenges is crucial for the wider adoption and successful implementation of AI systems. Luckily, MindsDB offers a solution that simplifies and streamlines the AI development workflow, mitigating these hurdles and enabling a more accessible path to AI-powered solutions.

How MindsDB Helps Upskill your Development Team

MindsDB effectively overcomes the challenges mentioned earlier by bringing AI models to your data. Once you connect your database to MindsDB, a world of predictive modeling becomes readily accessible. With a wide array of pre-trained models at your disposal, including OpenAI, LangChain, and Hugging Face, MindsDB empowers you to make accurate predictions on your data effortlessly. It allows you to leverage the power of machine learning without the need for extensive coding or complex setup, enabling you to unlock valuable insights and drive informed decision-making right from where your data resides.

MindsDB provides invaluable support in upskilling your development team by seamlessly integrating AI and ML capabilities into your data. SQL expertise is all that's required to deploy and utilize powerful AI models with MinsdDB. We leverage custom SQL queries to train, deploy, and use AI models directly from your database. With MindsDB, the path to upskilling your development team in AI becomes accessible, efficient, and highly effective.

Enrich your Data with MinsdDB

MindsDB helps you enrich your data with the help of Large Language Models (LLMs).

Imagine you run an online store on Amazon and want to analyze all customer reviews for each product. To accomplish this task, we can use the OpenAI GPT-4 model, which is a pre-trained large language model.

We’ve got a table that stores products and customer reviews.

SELECT product_name, review
FROM mysql_demo_db.amazon_reviews;
Power AdapterIt is a great product.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi SpeakerIt is ok.
Kindle eReaderIt doesn’t work.

Before utilizing all tools provided by MindsDB on your data, you need to connect your database to MindsDB.

CREATE DATABASE mysql_demo_db
WITH ENGINE = 'mysql',
    "user": "user",
    "password": "MindsDBUser123!",
    "host": "",
    "port": "3306",
    "database": "public"

Now, we can enrich your data by creating an OpenAI model that assigns sentiment to each review.

CREATE MODEL seniment_classifier
PREDICT sentiment
    engine = ‘openai’,
    model_name = ‘gpt-4’,
    prompt_template = 'describe the sentiment of the reviews strictly as 
                                 "positive", "neutral", or "negative".
                                   "I love the product":positive
                                   "It is a scam":negative

Here, we use the OpenAI engine and its latest GPT-4 model. We provide a message to be answered by the model in the prompt_template parameter.

As it is a pre-trained model, its generating and training phases complete almost instantaneously, so we can use it to make predictions right away.

SELECT input.product_name,, output.sentiment
FROM mysql_demo_db.amazon_reviews AS input
JOIN sentiment_classifier AS output;

The above SELECT statement joins the data table (mysql_demo_db.amazon_reviews table) and the model (sentiment_classifier). The review values come from the data table and serve as an input to the model. Next, the model processes its input data and assigns a sentiment value to each review.

Power AdapterIt is a great product.positive
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi SpeakerIt is ok.neutral
Kindle eReaderIt doesn’t work.negative

Now, the input table contains not only product and review columns but also the sentiment column added by the model.


The field of AI development faces numerous challenges as it continues to evolve. From data scarcity and complex model training to interpretability and bias concerns, these obstacles can impede progress and hinder the adoption of AI solutions.

MindsDB emerges as a powerful and innovative solution that tackles these challenges head-on. MindsDB offers a transformative approach to data enrichment and predictive modeling by harnessing the potential of LLMs and providing a user-friendly platform.

MindsDB Cloud offers a variety of resources to help you get started and succeed in your AI projects. If you are new to MindsDB, we encourage you to take the first step in exploring MindsDB Cloud by creating a demo account. Should you require any assistance, join our Slack community to ask questions and share feedback.