Google Funding Research into Deep Learning

Two professors will delve into the privacy issues resulting from the data-based training technique known as “deep learning,” courtesy of a grant from Google. Pennsylvania State University’s Adam Smith, an associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Vitaly Shmatikov, an associate professor of computer science and a visiting faculty member at Cornell Tech, will investigate the chinks in the armor of deep learning — that is, using algorithms to model high-level abstractions in data. In particular, Smith and Shmatikov will focus on how private information can be leaked from the massive data sets employed by machines using deep learning, according to a news release from PSU. “Deep learning is already widely used, especially at Google, to recognize speech and images and to do lots of other things, like drive…


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