What Important Issues Will Machine Learning Solve in the Next Few Years?

What important world issues do you envision machine learning solving in the next few years? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by David Barber, machine learning researcher: AI, bayesian reasoning, deep learning, on Quora. Personally I view machine learning as `data driven AI’, in particular the attempt to replicate aspects of human perceptual and cognitive abilities. The ML approach is based on measurable performance on real problems. I’m not sure about which world problems might be solved by such an approach. Certainly the tools that ML and related fields have produced recently have made great progress in for example visual object recognition, speech recognition and language understanding. I don’t know if these are `world problems’ as…


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