One of the most important recent developments in artificial intelligence is machine learning. By looking for patterns in large amounts of data, algorithms learn to perform tasks that used to be exclusively reserved for humans — from recognising speech to making medical diagnoses. In this series of articles Chris Budd looks at machine learning, its history, and some of the moral questions it raises.
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About the author
Chris Budd OBE is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, Vice President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Chair of Mathematics for the Royal Institution and an honorary fellow of the British Science Association. He is particularly interested in applying mathematics to the real world and promoting the public understanding of mathematics.