WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
- Andrew Ng is one of the world’s leading Deep Learning experts and now he’s resurfaced it’s likely that the boundaries of AI are going to get pushed faster and harder than ever before
Former Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng, who used to head up Baidu’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) division but left a couple of months ago in March, today announced that he’s launching a new business called Deeplearning.ai.
While the company launched with little information about what to expect beyond an exploration of the “frontiers of AI” Ng says that he’ll share more details on the new company’s plans in August. Given Ng’s world class status as one of the world’s foremost deep learning experts it’s likely that the company will quickly establish itself as a world leader in AI.
— Andrew Ng (@AndrewYNg) June 23, 2017
Considered one of the top minds in deep learning today he has an enviable career – he started at Baidu in 2014 after helping to co-create Google’s “Google Brain” AI lab, and also worked as director of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) while at the same time co-founding Coursera where his machine learning course remains on of the most popular courses on the platforms to this day.
With a staff of more than 1,000, Baidu’s AI research group works in areas that range from knowledge graphs to computer vision to deep learning and autonomous cars, and in some ways, under Ng’s stewardship they could be considered ahead of the game – albeit ‘parts of’ the game – of their silicon valley counterparts, something that wasn’t lost on the world when they announced that they were the first company to achieve zero shot learning where AI’s are able to learn by themselves without human help or assistance.
I’ll be watching this company with interest…
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