One might wonder why such simple neural units, after being grouped together in parallel and in series with great quantity, can collectively bring out some of the best applications in the AI industry. It is not so difficult to imagine, in fact; just compare it with the actual course of biological evolution. Single-celled organisms don’t seem to be too functional; but as nature grouped more cells together to make multicellular organisms, more complex life forms emerged. And then invertebrates evolved to vertebrates, fish evolved to primates, cave man evolved to homo sapiens (i.e. us) that built pyramids and shot rockets into space. If you can grasp the power of a group of cells, you can pretty much understand why deep learning is powerful.
For sure there are some catches for all good things; in deep learning, you need to have a large amount of data to be statistically sufficient to train a model (that is why the term “big data” emerged with the surge of deep learning). And to process all these data you need to have powerful hardware to conduct thousands (if not millions) of rounds of computations. Even so, deep learning has already shown us just how much it can achieve. Take a look at Facebook and Pinterest for example; Pinterest uses deep learning to perform better image classification, while Facebook uses similar technology to do facial recognition when you upload your photos. (Remember how Facebook automatically shows little boxes pointing out your friends before you even start to type?)
Apart from social media, deep learning also powers tools that we use in our everyday life, such as Siri, GMail (spam detection), self-driving cars, etc. For engineers, deep learning is considered as a future of AI for it enables seemingly unlimited options of practical ML applications.
Long story short, DL is a part of ML, and ML is a part of the AI field. Thanks to deep learning, our lives have become more convenient. If you want to take advantage of AI implementation for your business to stay competitive, CloudMile can help you with ‘AI service’, the end-to-end AI solution for your business with seamless integration. Make your call to our representatives today!