We’re on the cusp of deep learning for the masses. You can thank Google later

Gigaom

Google (s goog) silently did something revolutionary on Thursday. It open sourced a tool called word2vec, prepackaged deep-learning software designed to understand the relationships between words with no human guidance. Just input a textual data set and let underlying predictive models get to work learning.

“This is a really, really, really big deal,” said Jeremy Howard, president and chief scientist of data-science competition platform Kaggle. “… It’s going to enable whole new classes of products that have never existed before.” Think of Siri on steroids, for starters, or perhaps emulators that could mimic your writing style down to the tone.

When deep learning works, it works great

To understand Howard’s excitement, let’s go back a few days. It was Monday and I was watching him give a presentation in Chicago about how deep learning was dominating the competition in Kaggle, the online platform where organization present vexing predictive problems…

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