Educational Technology

September 24, 2014

From online dating to driverless cars, machine learning is everywhere

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:29 am

by Nicola Davis, The Observer

With machine learning behind myriad technologies, from online dating to driverless cars, we ask expert Dr Michael Osborne from the University of Oxford to give us the lowdown. Artificial intelligence is really the goal of trying to develop algorithms that can learn and act. Older AI research ran up against this difficulty that people didn’t really know what intelligence was. Machine learning is a much more modern approach to solving the AI problem where we are coming from the bottom up rather than top down, so we are saying, well, let’s define these really crisp, well-defined, sub-problems, like classifying a handwritten digit as being either a one or two, and then use novel techniques within statistics and optimisation to create an algorithm that can improve its performance over time.

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