Link: Machine Learning Explosion

[Why the explosion in machine learning?][q] As always, major and minor reasons. Major reason? Data. Lots and lots of data, both because we human beings have put so much up ourselves, but also because businesses, and other organizations — Hello!, NSA! (Call when you’re ready to talk about how I can help!) — have collected so much. And that’s the minor reason right there, if one can consider it minor: organizations want to “learn” things from all this data.

[q]: http://www.quora.com/Machine-Learning/Why-are-we-experiencing-such-an-explosive-growth-of-machine-learning-and-its-applications-today-even-though-the-space-exists-for-more-than-3-4-decades

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