Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

By Roger Parloff Illustration by Justin Metz September 28, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America. Over the past four years, readers have doubtlessly noticed quantum leaps in the quality of a wide range of everyday technologies. Most obviously, the speech-recognition functions on our smartphones work much better than they used to. When we use a voice command to call our spouses, we reach them now. We aren’t connected to Amtrak or an angry ex. In fact, we are increasingly interacting with our computers by just talking to them, whether it’s Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, or the many voice-responsive features of Google. Chinese search giant Baidu says customers have tripled their use of its speech interfaces in…


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