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  • 10 reasons why deep learning is living up to the hype


    Many have written about how deep learning is taking over the world and why that is important; I cannot echo them enough. Playing with deep learning is the closest I’ve ever felt to being a magician, and it’s become clear to me that every (great) piece of software will be powered by deep learning within the next ~3 years. However, deep learning isn’t mainstream yet, so I thought I’d share work by some very talented contributors, in the hopes to bring it just that little bit closer.

    Quick note: I’ve started a weekly email newsletter covering all things deep learning and self-driving cars. I call it Transmission, sign up today!

    Here’s ten reasons why I think deep learning is living up to the hype…

    1Stuck with a low-resolution photo? Deep learning can predict what the higher-resolution photo might look like, and add missing details


    …it’s equally impressive for anime art

    2Deep learning has enabled a text-to-speech system that is almostindistinguishable from human voice. Think of the possibilities!



    3Deep learning can compose classical music that you’d believe to be created by a human


    4Deep learning can replicate the style of your favorite painter with the image of your choice

    Read a paper on this technique here.

    5Deep learning can even generate fonts!

    6Deep learning can auto-fill missing parts of an image, by predicting what should be in that space

    7Deep learning can train a robot to walk like a human

    Without being taught, the deep learning robot rises from the floor to a standing position. Image courtesy of the University of Washington

    …or train a robot to grasp objects like a human


    8Deep learning can caption an image, just like a human would

    9Want to sketch a beautiful landscape but can’t draw? Don’t worry, deep learning can take it from here!

    10Best of all (at least to me), you can train a deep neural network to steer a car, just like a human



    …it even turns out Grand Theft Auto is a great simulation environment for training a self-driving car


    We’ve spent decades building and refining machines to be computationally powerful. In the next decade I hope we discover what the human race will be empowered to do when our software thinks.

    I’ve started a weekly email newsletter covering all things deep learning and self-driving cars: I call it Transmission, sign up today!


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