These days, you hear a lot about machine learning (or ML) and artificial intelligence (or AI) – both good or bad depending on your source. Many of us immediately conjure up images of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Terminator cyborgs, C-3PO, or Samantha from Her when the subject turns to AI. And many may not even be familiar with machine learning as a separate subject. The phrases are often tossed around interchangeably, but they're not exactly the same thing. In the most general sense, machine learning has evolved from AI. In the Google Trends graph above, you can see that AI was the more popular search term until machine learning passed it for good around September 2015.
This is the 3rd part in my Data Science and Machine Learning series on Deep Learning in Python. At this point, you already know a lot about neural networks and deep learning, including not just the basics like backpropagation, but how to improve it using modern techniques like momentum and adaptive learning rates. You've already written deep neural networks in Theano and TensorFlow, and you know how to run code using the GPU. This course is all about how to use deep learning for computer vision using convolutional neural networks. These are the state of the art when it comes to image classification and they beat vanilla deep networks at tasks like MNIST.
Throughout this article, I will discuss some of the more complex aspects of convolutional neural networks and how they related to specific tasks such as object detection and facial recognition. This article is a natural extension to my article titled: Simple Introductions to Neural Networks. I recommend looking at this before tackling the rest of this article if you are not well-versed in the idea and function of convolutional neural networks. Due to the excessive length of the original article, I have decided to leave out several topics related to object detection and facial recognition systems, as well as some of the more esoteric network architectures and practices currently being trialed in the research literature. I will likely discuss these in a future article related more specifically to the application of deep learning for computer vision.