Machine learning has caught fire lately, in part because the cloud has made it so much easier to implement. With cloud machine learning services from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, you don't need to build and manage a farm of rules engines. All you need is a set of training data and a RESTful API.
That's fine for a certain set of problems -- say, where you're trying to guide consumers to making purchases, then checking whether there might be a fraudster in the bunch. But what if you're trying to identify objects, translate languages, or recognize faces?
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