Deep Learning – World Changing, Disruptive, Artificial Intelligence

Deep Learning is a software imitation of the neocortex’s layers of neurons – the thinking part of the brain. It allows a computer to discover patterns contained in digital data just like the human brain identifies patterns in the world around it

Exponential advances will allow deep learning to handle significant intellectual activities within 5 years. Health, the law and education are just a few of the vast array of human enterprises that will benefit.

Some recent applications of deep learning include:

– The “Google Brain” identifying a cat simply by watched 10 million YouTube videos
– Microsoft Research’s Project Adam integration into Cortana for vastly improved image interpretation
– Facebook’s 97.25% accurate face matching deep learning software
– Google’s “neural image caption generator” (NIC) designed to produce captions for images without human input
– Netflix’s application of deep learning to improve video recommendations
– DeepMind’s Neural Turing Machine learns to play video games by playing each game many times.
– Skype’s real time translator
– Enlitic’s use of deep learning to process medical images, test results and patient histories and deliver more accurate and comprehensive diagnostic assessments

Some 80% of employment opportunities in developed economies will be affected by software systems based on deep learning principals leading to social disruption if governments don’t plan the re-shaping of economies as change occurs.

Eventually these developments will lead to significant productivity benefits delivering reduced working hours and an improved quality of life.