Please join Gigaom and our distinguished special guests Andrew Ng (Baidu, Coursera, Stanford), Johan Schalkwyk (Google) and John Platt (Microsoft Research) and Oren Etzioni (Allen Institute for AI) for a conversation on artificial intelligence and deep learning on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Tagged Offices in San Francisco. This will be a casual evening with a chance to engage with speakers and network over drinks and appetizers.
The fields of AI and machine learning have made significant strides in the past few years, taking ideas such as big data to a whole other level. Much of the popular discussion has focused on a collection of techniques known as deep learning, although that is hardly the only area where impressive work is being done. The results of all this research — largely in fields such as computer vision, speech recognition and language understanding — are already showing up in the websites, applications and devices we use on a regular basis, and research papers suggest new possibilities seemingly every day.
But what’s really possible, and are these techniques as good as the media make them out to be? How will today’s cutting edge in AI be applied outside universities and the web, by companies other than Google, Facebook, Baidu and Microsoft?
Those are the questions this meetup hopes to answer. In order to do it, we’ve brought in some of the leading minds and practitioners in machine learning, as well as folks working on methods to bring these technologies closer to the mainstream. We think the promise is real, but reaching their full potential requires the greater IT ecosystem to understand how they work, what they can do and how they can be deployed.
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