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Podcast: Where Deep Learning Is Going Next

Bryan Catanzaro, Baidu

Bryan Catanzaro is head of Nvidia’s applied Deep Learning research.

In this AI Podcast, Bryan Catanzaro from Nvidia describes how machines with Deep Learning capabilities are now better at recognizing objects in images than humans.

“AI gets better and better until it kind of disappears into the background,” says Catanzaro — NVIDIA’s head of applied deep learning research — in conversation with host Michael Copeland on this week’s edition of the new AI Podcast. “Once you stop noticing that it’s there because it works so well — that’s when it’s really landed.”

Catanzaro has been in AI since the beginning. Or, as Michael says, as “about as long as it has really worked.” It’s a journey that’s taken him from UC Berkeley, where he earned his Ph.D., to NVIDIA, to Baidu — where he worked on a team that’s made a number of deep learning breakthroughs — and back to NVIDIA.

Along the way, he’s seen deep learning make incredible advances. It’s much further along than he would have predicted five years ago, he says. Image recognition has been one major success, with sophisticated facial recognition capabilities built into photo sharing services used by hundreds of millions of people every day.

More’s coming, he explains. Deep learning — powered by ever more powerful GPUs — only grows more useful as the amount of data in the world grows.

There’s a great number of problems that can be framed in this way, where you have a huge number of labeled examples, and you want a system to learn what that input means,” Bryan says.

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