Why Your Search Engine Resisted The Best Technology For So Long

These questions originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by Thorsten Joachims, Professor at Cornell University working on Machine Learning from Human Behavior, on Quora. Q: What are the most interesting applications of ML to education today? A: Higher education has seen and interesting split in recent years. In addition to the traditional model of education involving a human teacher and large costs, online education has set a new counterpoint to the traditional model that is orders-of-magnitude cheaper. On the one hand, it is so much cheaper that it can address whole new audiences for learning (e.g., developing countries, life-long-learning) for which the traditional model is unobtainable right now. On the other hand, however, online education also…


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