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Smart Machines See Major Breakthroughs After Decades of Failure

Published: 08 September 2015

ID: G00291251

Analyst(s): Tom Austin


As part of the smart machine "Big Bang," radical new hardware, massive amounts of data, and unprecedented advances in deep neural networks are creating a new, 75-year general-purpose technology cycle: the Smart Machine Age.

Table Of Contents


  • Executive Summary
  • In Depth
    • Before the Big Bang
    • DNNs Are Powerful and Smart
    • Inheritance and Experience
    • Big Bang
    • DNN Training
    • DNN Testing
    • Runtime DNNs — Production Perceptual Engines
    • Big Bang DNN Results
    • Limitations of Smart Machines
    • Reinforcement Learning — Research Only
    • The Future — Act Now

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