Oblivious Machine, Thou Shalt Learn

Why do we want machines to learn? What do we want to them to “learn”¬†exactly? There is a lot of misunderstanding regarding the concept of machine learning. Is machine learning just robots learning how to walk and talk? Is it just machines learning how to do a particular fancy task? Not exactly. I thought I should just try to explain it in plain simple terms. Think about the following:¬†How do search engines provide the best possible search results? How does multi-touch work on your smartphone or tablet? Continue reading