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Kudos to Andrew Ng (Stanford, Google, Baidu)

by Tom Austin  |  January 23, 2015  |  Comments Off on Kudos to Andrew Ng (Stanford, Google, Baidu)

Andrew is chief scientist at Baidu research labs in California; CS faculty at Sanford and former direct of AI research at Google. In a recent interview with the Wall St Journal, he said:

WSJ: Who’s at the forefront of deep learning?

Ng: There are a lot of deep-learning startups. Unfortunately, deep learning is so hot today that there are startups that call themselves deep learning using a somewhat generous interpretation. It’s creating tons of value for users and for companies, but there’s also a lot of hype. We tend to say deep learning is loosely a simulation of the brain. That sound bite is so easy for all of us to use that it sometimes causes people to over-extrapolate to what deep learning is. The reality is it’s really very different than the brain. We barely (even) know what the human brain does.

Right on the money!


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Tom Austin
VP & Gartner Fellow
20 years at Gartner
41 years IT industry

Tom Austin, VP, has been a Gartner Fellow since 1997. He drives Gartner's research content incubator (the Maverick Program) and is leading a new research community creating research on the emerging era of smart machines. Read Full Bio




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