Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Midas Touch of Machine Learning - Christopher Watkins, Udacity

Machine learning is one of those technologies that seems to have a limitless capacity to affect change. It’s a sort of technological King Midas, able to turn everything it touches into algorithmic gold. Recent innovative implementations include everything from fraud prevention to agricultural systemss. Part of machine learning’s appeal lies in its fundamental agnosticism; it can be used in virtually any field, and towards virtually any purpose. Machine learning strategies are also emerging as an effective way for companies to gain marketplace advantage, thus rendering machine learning talent all the more sought-after. Additionally, new startups powered by machine learning and related technologies are launching with increasing frequency, further serving to widen the impact. We’ll highlight one such story below, in which a graduate of Udacity’s Machine Learning Nanodegree program used the skills he learned in the program to launch a new financial services startup. http://blog.udacity.com/2017/05/midas-touch-machine-learning.html

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