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The Future of Machine Learning

AI and the “deep learning” revolution have brought us autonomous vehicles, greatly improved online translation, fluent conversations with bots such as Siri and Alexa, and enormous profits from automated trading on global stock exchanges. Deep learning networks can even play poker better than the world’s best professional players.

Terrence J. Sejnowski is a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California, where he directs the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, and director of the Crick-Jacobs Center for theoretical and computational biology. His research in neural networks and computational neuroscience played an important role in the founding of deep learning.

Sejnowski is the author of The Deep Learning Revolution, and with Barbara Oakley, he also created and taught Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, the world’s most popular online course on the subject.

Q. Your book discusses applications of deep learning, from self-driving cars to trading, but which parts of the economy will be most impacted and in what kind of timescale?

A. Every sector of the economy is going to be affected in much the same way that the Industrial Revolution enhanced physical power through the invention of the steam engine, which led to the creation of factories and electricity, and eventually transformed all of civilization. We’re now living in a world where every aspect of commerce, entertainment and social interactions has

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