If you say the words 'machine learning' to people they either look confused or bored. Since the promise of Artificial Intelligence evaporated in the 1970s, machine intelligence seems to be one of those things that's a perpetual 20 years away.
But computer industry insiders know that many forms of machine learning are at work all the time. The most common and visible are recommendation systems like the one on Amazon.com that comes up with suggestions for other books you might like. But even that doesn't express the true power of state of the art algorithms.
But a helicopter doing backflips and a walking robot do.
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