What Is Deep Learning? A Short History Everyone Should Read


Deep learning is a topic that is making big waves at the moment. It is basically a branch of machine learning (another hot topic) that uses algorithms to e.g. Scientists have used deep learning algorithms with multiple processing layers (hence "deep") to make better models from large quantities of unlabeled data (such as photos with no description, voice recordings or videos on YouTube). It's one kind of supervised machine learning, in which a computer is provided a training set of examples to learn a function, where each example is a pair of an input and an output from the function. Very simply: if we give the computer a picture of a cat and a picture of a ball, and show it which one is the cat, we can then ask it to decide if subsequent pictures are cats.