Machine learning: The smart person’s guide

Google’s AlphaGo beats Lee Sedol at the game of Go Image: Screenshot by Max Taves/CNET Artificial intelligence, which has been around since the 1950s, has seen ebbs and flows in popularity over the last 60+ years. But today, with the recent explosion of big data, high-powered parallel processing, and advanced neural algorithms, we are seeing a renaissance in AI—and companies from Amazon to Facebook to Google are scrambling to take the lead. According to AI expert Roman Yampolskiy, 2016 is the year of “AI on steroids.” While there are different forms of AI, machine learning represents today’s most widely valued mechanism for reaching intelligence. Here’s what it means. Executive summary What it is: Machine learning is a subfield of artificial intelligence. Instead of relying on explicit programming, it is a…


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