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.


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)