Imagine getting into your car and saying, “Take me to work,” and then enjoying an automated
drive as you read the morning news. We are getting very close to that kind of
scenario, and companies like Ford expect to have production vehicles in the latter part
Driverless cars are just one popular example of machine learning. It’s also used in
countless applications such as predicting fraud, identifying terrorists, recommending
the right products to customers at the right time, and correctly identifying medical
symptoms to prescribe appropriate treatments.
The concept of machine learning has been around for decades. What’s new is that
it can now be applied to huge quantities of data. Cheaper data storage, distributed
processing, more powerful computers and new analytical opportunities have dramatically
increased interest in machine learning systems. Other reasons for the increased
momentum include: maturing capabilities with methods and algorithms refactored to
run in memory; the
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