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Adelaide SQL Server User Group with James McNeill

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Deep Learning with the Microsoft Data Platform

Deep Learning has been the focus of much hype in recent years. It's the technology behind self-driving cars, Cortana, Google Translate, Alpha Go, and most of the other big advances in AI in recent memory.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Deep Learning is just for academics and computer science PhDs, or that only big companies with big data and big budgets can use it. This is the case no longer!

The three messages James will set out to convince you of are:

It's here!
Deep Learning is not vapourware, it's not some theoretical construct that only works in ideal conditions, and it's not impossibly difficult to use.
Deep learning is out-performing humans in many tasks, and delivering huge value for many businesses around the world, big and small.

It's accessible!
The technology has developed rapidly to the point where now any old analyst with basic programming skills can apply it. You no longer need PhD-level maths and computer science to access deep learning!

The MS data platform has what you need to start leveraging deep learning!
James will demonstrate a number of ways to apply Deep Learning to common analyis tasks using SQL Server Machine Learning Services, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) and Azure ML.

About James McNeill

James has worked with the Microsoft Data Platform for 17 years mostly from the Business Intelligence perspective, but also as a developer and DBA.

He is studying machine learning at Adelaide University and is particularly interested in connecting advanced AI methods with practical applications.

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