AI, Machine Learning Take Center Seat at Code Conference

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning were the big themes at last week’s Code Conference, just like most of the similar conferences I’ve attended this year. It’s a topic on everyone’s mind, driven by huge advances in hardware, such as GPUs, FPGAs and custom-built ASICs; software, such as deep learning neural nets; and applications such as natural language processing, image recognition, and conversational assistants. These themes were echoed by just about all of the speakers at the show, with a number commenting on the rapid advances in the field. Asked about AI in part of a broader conversation, Bill Gates said it is the big dream for anybody who has ever been involved in computer science. “It’s the most exciting thing going on right now,” he said. Both the progress made…


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