Google Makes Learning Neural Networks Free

Holy puppy slugs, Batman...

Like many other tech companies and researchers—and a growing number of digital artists—Google is very interested in machine learning, a vital component in creating artificially intelligent neural networks that would allow future machines to "think." More than that, they want you to be interested as well, which is why they are offering a free three-month Deep Learning course on the non-profit education site Udacity.

Developed by Vincent Vanhoucke, Principal Scientist at Google, and the Google Brain team’s technical lead, and Arpan Chakraborty, “Deep Learning” is an intermediate to advanced level course offered as part of Udacity’s Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree program. The catch is that students are assumed to have already taken a course in machine learning. 

While the artistic importance of neural networks and machine learning might not be immediately clear, let these puppy slugs explain everything. 

Concentric Circles, Wassily Kandinsky via @brdskggs

“Machine learning is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting fields out there, and deep learning represents its true bleeding edge,” Google explains on the Udacity website. “In this course, you’ll develop a clear understanding of the motivation for deep learning, and design intelligent systems that learn from complex and/or large-scale datasets.”

“We’ll show you how to train and optimise basic neural networks, convolutional neural networks, and long short term memory networks,” the company adds. “Complete learning systems in TensorFlow will be introduced via projects and assignments. You will learn to solve new classes of problems that were once thought prohibitively challenging, and come to better appreciate the complex nature of human intelligence as you solve these same problems effortlessly using deep learning methods.”

Standout students in Deep Learning can bet on getting a call from Google, a company that has shown that it wants to hold a vast number of the A.I. and robotics cards. If not, well then at least some people can branch off on their own machine learning paths—and hopefully create some jaw-dropping digital art

Click here to sign up for the free course. 

Via The Verge


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