Startups Aim to Exploit a Deep-Learning Skills Gap

The latest machine-learning techniques promise to transform whole industries by making it easier for computers to recognize patterns in data, to make accurate predictions, and to generally behave more intelligently. Unfortunately, the experts capable of crafting and optimizing the code needed to make this magic possible are in pretty short supply.Such is the demand for machine-learning talent, in fact, that startups see an opportunity to offer deep technical expertise to companies, from financial and insurance firms to Web startups and carmakers, that are hoping to harness AI. A few startups now offer to accelerate the performance of the machine-learning algorithms so that they work well on arrays of computer chips. At least one is designing its own computer chips to squeeze the best performance out of the latest algorithms. The…


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