Bringing machine learning to the masses [Q&A]

Big businesses are increasingly recognizing the potential of data science and machine learning. Until recently, however, it hasn’t been readily available to smaller organizations and individuals. But now companies like Amazon and Google are beginning to make machine learning available more widely. Is this the start of a new trend? What will it mean for businesses, and will we see the rise of a new generation of ‘citizen data scientists’? We spoke to Mike Weston, CEO of data science specialist Profusion to find out more. BN: Isn’t machine learning something that’s only for techies and big organizations? MW: No. This is a common misconception. You do not have to be a big organization to benefit from machine learning, you just have to be willing to invest time. Machine learning is…


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