Microsoft researchers advance deep learning

Companies have been ramping up their research on convolutional neural networks or “deep learning,” which is a method of training computers to recognize images and speech. It’s an advancement in technology that, when developed correctly, makes computers almost as capable as humans at the task. Microsoft is one of these companies, and it recently announced advances in its technology after winning a computer vision challenge. Last Thursday, Microsoft took first place in several categories in the ImageNet and Microsoft Common Objects in Context Challenges, which brought corporate and research institutes together to look at approaches to systems recognizing images, like objects, faces, and emotions in both photographs and videos. (Related: How deep learning is making an impact on AI) Jian Sun, a principal research manager at Microsoft Research who led…

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