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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Hype Cycle

I've been reading the Microsoft Research survey Deep Learning and Applications by Li Deng and Dong Yu. As we all know, neural nets are a pretty futuristic tech, and the authors work in a company that is intensely commercial and competitive, so they feel the need to discuss Deep Learning's effective applicability. In doing so, they present Gartner's Hype Cycle, which is such a cute concept that I cannot resist copying the images from our friendly Wikipedia. I'll give you a day to think it over, and tomorrow I will  be discussing AI technology specifically in these terms. 

First, here is a cluttered diagram of how the battle-hardened marketing person sees the tech process.

And here now is the Hype Cycle reduced to its basics. Simpler but I think more interesting, in a way.


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