Your next boss: A computer algorithm?

Computers keep getting smaller and faster. That’s been happening for decades. But almost all of them are programmed to do what humans want them to do, the way humans want them to do it, and nothing more. Now computers are beginning to learn — on their own. Years of research into artificial intelligence are beginning to pay off.So-called machine learners already are diagnosing diseases, winning  on “Jeopardy” and helping make rich hedge fund investors even richer. Machine learning is behind Facebook’s ability to figure out who your friend is  by recognizing a picture of her face. Siri and Google Voice Search voice recognition? Machine learning is behind those too. And driverless cars. Machine learning appears to be poised for rapid proliferation, with enormous implications for the workplace, the economy, politics…


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