Friday, October 4, 2013

Deep Learning: What is that?

What is it?

"Deep Learning is a new area of Machine Learning research, which has been introduced with the objective of moving Machine Learning closer to one of its original goals: Artificial Intelligence." [1]

What does that mean?

"Teaching machines to think has been a dream/nightmare of scientists for a long time. Rather than teaching a machine explicitly, Deep Learning uses simpler, core ideas and then builds upon them — much as a baby learns sounds, then words, then sentences." [2] 

So just another technology?

May be not. MIT technology review ranked it among top 10 breakthrough technologies of 2013 which is going to change things forever. [3]

Who else think it can be a game changer?

Facebook launches Advanced AI Effort to find meaning of your posts using deep learning. [4]
Google is building one of the most ambitious artificial-intelligence systems to date, the so-called Google Brain with deep learning techniques. [5]
Recent Advances in Deep Learning for Speech Research at Microsoft [6]
Baidu opens lab in sillicon valley devoted to research in deep learning.[7] 
IBM researchers get closer to brain-like computing.[8][9]

Who are key people associated with it?

Stanford professor and coursera cofounder Andrew Ng is at the center of the Deep Learning movement. This is a video where he is trying to explain the concept of Deep Learning.

Where I can find more about it?

This is interview of Peter Norvig (director of research at Google) and Yann LeCun (professor of Computer Science, Neural Science at NYU) about deep learning

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