Machine Learning: How You Started Working for the Machines

During the last fifteen years, a strange parallel economy has covertly developed to the point where it envelops almost all internet users, including you. No money changes hands in this immense network, but it produces enormous transactional benefits nonetheless. In this economy, you labor daily as a trainer, teaching software robots how to perform tasks. In return, the bots then take over much of those tasks for you. You trade your daily labor in exchange for the value produced by the work of your powerful and ubiquitous robot apprentices. The most successful products of this epoch – applications like Gmail, YouTube, Amazon’s store, Facebook, Google Maps, and Spotify – have learned a great deal about their users’ likes, dislikes, and similarities. Applying Machine Learning technology, they use that data to…


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