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Generative AI: How will the new era of machine learning affect you?

By Richard Waters

25 Jan 2023 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

If computers can write and create images, is there anything—when trained on the right data—that they couldn’t produce? That defining question is at the heart of the FT's deep dive on machine learning.

Just over 10 years ago, three artificial intelligence researchers achieved a breakthrough that changed the field forever.

The “AlexNet” system, trained on 1.2mn images taken from around the web, recognised objects as different as a container ship and a leopard with far greater accuracy than computers had managed before.

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