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Friday, July 30, 2021

Machine Learning and Science

 Good intro and positioning.   A bit of an overreach perhaps. 

How will machine learning change science?   by Tanya Petersen, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne    in Techxplore

Machine learning has burst onto the scene in the past two decades and will be a defining technology of the future. It is transforming large sectors of society, including healthcare, education, transport, and food and industrial production, as well as having an enormous impact on science and research.

A subset of artificial intelligence, machine learning is a process that helps computers to learn without direct instruction, and from experience. It does this by using algorithms to identify patterns within data, which are then used to create models that can make predictions. And data is the key. Machine learning, and the spiraling availability of vast amounts of data, promises to revolutionize the production of knowledge. Indeed, today's exponential and virtuous cycle of growth in deep learning, among other technologies, has been compared to the Cambrian Explosion of half a billion years ago when life on Earth experienced a short period of very rapid diversification. ... ' 

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