In this video we build on last week Multilayer perceptrons to allow for more flexibility in the architecture! However, we need to be careful about the layer of abstraction we put in place in order to facilitate the work of the user who want to simply fit and predict. Here we make use of the following three concept: Network, Layer and Neuron. These three components will be composed together to make a fully connected feedforward neural network neural network. For those who don't know a fully connected feedforward neural network is defined as follows (From Wikipedia): "A feedforward neural network is an artificial neural network wherein connections between the nodes do not form a cycle. As such, it is different from its descendant: recurrent neural networks. The feedforward neural network was the first and simplest type of artificial neural network devised. In this network, the information moves in only one direction, forward, from the input nodes, through the hidden nodes (if any) and to the output nodes. There are no cycles or loops in the network."
We return to the question of terminology that we started this post with. Our feeling is that the term "artificial intelligence" has been used in so many ways that it is now confusing. People use AI to refer to all three approaches described above, plus others, and therefore has become almost meaningless. The term "machine learning" is a more narrowly defined term for machines that learn from data, including simple neural models such as ANNs and Deep Learning. We use the term "machine intelligence" to refer to machines that learn but are aligned with the Biological Neural Network approach. Although there still is much work ahead of us, we believe the Biological Neural Network approach is the fastest and most direct path to truly intelligent machines. This blog entry was modified on Thu Mar 24 2016 to clarify the timing of neural network research.
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.