Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: A Primer

The technology press is abuzz these days with stories about Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) — every other week it seems we’re hearing about a new AI surpassing human ability at some task or other, and just as often we hear about exciting new start-ups revolutionizing traditional problem spaces using machine learning. We also see the odd notable AI failure every now and then. It can be hard to conceptualize what people are talking about when it comes to AI; and of course there’s also the question of the so-called Singularity (an artificial “superintelligence” arising and causing runaway technological growth): just how near is it? This post is the first in a series on machine learning, and aims to bring some clarity to the subject, explaining how the…


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