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A Deep Learning Challenger May Surpass Google and Facebook – SenseTime

  • 05
  • 07
  • 2016

Twenty years ago the term Artificial Intelligence, or AI, was rarely uttered outside of the most progressive and forward-thinking research labs.

Today, you are likely to still find a few old folks claiming that AI belongs in sci-fi movies, but in reality, it is one of the fastest growing industries. You might be surprised to learn that we use it almost daily. Examples of daily AI use include smart cars, video games, online customer support, and Apple’s Siri.

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Earlier this year, AlphaGo, a computer program developed by Google, beat a South Korean champion at the traditional Chinese game, GO. The defeat was a massive step forward in the development of AI based on deep learning because it was previously believed that the game was impossible for technology to grasp.

SenseTime, a rapidly growing Beijing Startup, also focuses on Deep Learning AI, and is producing technology for some of the country’s most successful firms and startups, from finance to education to robotics.

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For most of us, Deep Learning is an unfamiliar phrase. It refers to a special branch of AI programs that continue to learn and process information more effectively, even after being built. Essentially, it mimics the brains functions and ‘learns’ information based on layers of neural networks. You’re not alone if you think it sounds a bit beyond the scope of a machine.

SenseTime has set their sights high. Within their first two years of operation, they have accrued a vast team of trained scientists, including graduates from the leading universities in China and the United States, as well as former staff members from Google and Microsoft.

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Keep an eye on SenseTime. CEO Xu Li has more than a decade of experience. He said, “Our deep learning is now very strong, and can be applied to many areas.” Within the next few years, he plans to have become a household name such as Google or Facebook and wishes to pave the way for deep learning. From what I’ve seen, I believe he’ll manage to do just that.

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