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Machines Really Learning

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In a Wall Street Journal article published earlier today, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst suggested “the incorporation of machine learning as an element of software is about to soar.”

He told the CIO Journal that currently only about 1% of software developers currently employ machine learning in their work, but that that percentage would rise to about one third of all developers over the next few years.

On a similar note, just last week the MIT Technology Review reported that the Google Brain AI research group also had software design a machine learning system used to benchmark software that processes language.

MIT wrote in its story, entitled “AI Software Learns to Make AI Software,” that:

If self-starting AI techniques become practical, they could increase the pace at which machine-learning software is implemented across the economy. Companies must currently pay a premium for machine-learning experts, who are in short supply.
– via MIT Technology Review

But don’t throw away all the humans just yet. The Google Brain researchers indicated that it took:

800 high-powered graphics processors to power software that came up with designs for image recognition systems that rivaled the best designed by humans.
– via MIT Technology Review

Paul Bunyan, meet Babe the Blue AI Ox.

Written by turbotodd

January 24, 2017 at 9:56 am

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