1. What should people know about the subject of your book? Why is it important?
2. When did you first become interested in this subject?
3. By writing this e-book, did you learn anything new yourself?
4. How will this subject change over the next few years?
5. Do you see the subject as part of a larger trend in software development?
Clearly, machine learning is fundamentally changing software development. Tasks that were impossible from a practical point of view just a few years ago—for example, speech recognition and image recognition—have been conquered by machine learning and are now becoming almost commonplace.
6. What other books or resources on this topic do you recommend?
I’m often asked for a recommendation for learning about neural networks and machine learning. Because the field is changing so quickly, and because every developer comes into machine learning with a wildly different background, there is no single good place to start. That said, for developers who have a strong math background, a series of online videos by researcher Andrew Ng (you can find them with an internet search) are excellent. For developers who have good programming skills, Microsoft MSDN Magazine publishes excellent articles that are available online. And Syncfusion’s Keras Succinctly is an excellent way to get up to speed with neural networks using the most popular Python code library.
7. How do you stay up-to-date on industry news?
Staying up-to-date in machine learning and neural networks is a big challenge. There are significant new algorithms, techniques, and additions to code libraries every few months. My usual way of learning about new developments is by doing internet searches, which tend to lead me to personal blog sites. This is an inefficient approach, but mainstream news and information channels just can’t cope with the crazy-fast pace of change.
8. Do you have a blog page or a website where people can find you?
My personal blog, where I write about machine learning and other technologies, is at https://jamesmccaffrey.wordpress.com/.
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