Machine Learning: The New Infrastructure for Everything

Enter the rise of machine learning — programming computers to learn from data. With a good machine learning algorithm more data means more learning.

Pedro Domingos of the University of Washington thinks of machine learning as the practical subset of artificial intelligence — the new hub of efforts to add intelligence to every facet of life.

In his new book, The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World, he reminds us that we we continuously interact with computers — we’re continuously teaching computers what we are like. Results come back from Amazon as recommendations for books and from Netflix as recommendations for movies.

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For universities, machine learning, according to Domingos, is the new academic switchboard. Departments work in silos but “all fields talk to machine learning.”

(source accessed 11.02.2016)