Machine learning is next big thing in programming

Aspiring programmers looking to work on the latest in software technology may want to explore the field of machine learning. According to Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, this field is the beginning of a new future in programming. “There are currently very few programmers and computer scientists who understand any of this,” he said in a question-and-answer livestream at the annual Google Asia-Pacific press event in Tokyo on Nov 10. He added that Asian countries are poised to take advantage of this field, which blends elements of artificial intelligence and machine intelligence. Noting that machine learning favours the mathematically gifted, he said: “After all, the majority of the programming contest winners tend to come from Asia, so there’s clearly talent there.” Machine learning refers to a form of programming in…


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