Machine Learning: A Brief Intro

The words “machine learning” might conjure images of hyper-intelligent robots in the distant future, but the technology is a reality now. Algorithms powered by machine learning and drawing on big data enable us to solve tough problems that improve people’s daily lives. Let’s start, for instance, with something many people rely on every day: driving directions. It’s pretty well known that our navigation apps rely on GPS satellites to pinpoint our location and complex algorithms to figure out the most direct route to get wherever we want to go. Most of the time, this works just fine. But what happens when there’s a traffic jam along the most direct route? In this case, following the algorithm—and the app’s directions—wouldn’t be ideal. Fortunately, machine learning offers a solution to this problem. What…


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