AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning: A Primer

Frank Chen
Jun 14, 2016 · 2 min read

George Hotz built a self-driving car in 2015. By himself. One person in a literal garage. To put that in context, none of the participants in the inaugural 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge went more than 7.2 miles out of the 150 course in the Mojave Desert.

Artificial intelligence technology is clearly improving very, very fast. Sundar Pichai says Google is now an AI-first company rather than a search- or mobile-first company.

How did this happen? Where did AI come from? What’s the difference between machine learning and deep learning? And could AI be as profound a platform shift as the shift to cloud or the shift to mobile?

I explore some of these questions in a 45-minute podcast with slides and a demo. Yes, it’s long, but I’m told it’s worth it:

Even actual deep learning researchers think so, though they seem a little surprised about it:

Software Is Eating the World

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Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Writes about tech, startups, venture investing, science, the future. Likes explaining things. Opinions my own.

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