Why machine learning benefits the rich, and everyone else is toast

Big data started with cheap hardware and open source software, but the winners in machine learning are the world’s richest companies.

Why is machine learning finally real? It’s the data, stupid. Lots (and lots) of data. That’s a key message from Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson’s Strata + Hadoop World keynote earlier this week in San Jose, California. As he declared: “The algorithms that early researchers and current practitioners use are ravenous for data and we finally have enough data on the planet to feed them.

Author: Matt Asay


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