How to build a robot’s brain

If you haven’t heard about machine learning lately, you haven’t been reading the papers… Here’s some machine intelligence news from just the last week: a giant hedge fund, the Man Group, ordered an Oxford University department it funds to switch its focus to machine learning… Facebook unveiled its machine learning platform… And the FT ran a special week-long series called the Rise of the Robots which was largely about machine learning. It all sounds very futuristic and important. But what does machine learning actually mean? What does it do? Can you invest in it, or is it just for computer scientists and hedge fund managers? The answer to the last question first: yes, you can invest in it. Machine learning is spreading fast. In fact, three tiny companies in The…


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