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[June 22, 2014]
Ersatz Labs Introduces Flagship Product, GPU Platform [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Ersatz Labs announced the out-of-beta launch of its flagship product.
According to a release from the company, Ersatz is a deep learning platform and is available either as a cloud service or as a learning "appliance", a combination of neural network hardware and software geared toward large enterprises.
Ersatz said companies can now use the platform to build and deploy neural networks so they can benefit from recent breakthroughs in the field without hiring a fleet of neural network experts.
Deep learning involves teaching a neural network (a software construct) to learn from data in a way that is architecturally similar to the brain. A typical use case starts with a company deciding what kind of problem they want to solve.
For example, they might want to predict a number in the future (eg. sales or inventory numbers), a score for how likely it is that something will happen (eg. clicking on an ad or "liking" a song), or the identification of an object in a picture (eg. a face or a pedestrian).
After choosing a business specific objective, a company collects historical data related to the problem at hand, uploads this data, and instructs Ersatz to learn from it.
After a "training" period during which the neural network "learns" from data, Ersatz will be able to make predictions about future results based on the examples provided.
"Machine learning has reached a major inflection point thanks to deep learning. Making this technology available with a platform like Ersatz will open up a whole new class of intelligent software," said Dave Sullivan, co-founder and CEO, Ersatz Labs. "We're a long way from the type of machine intelligence we see in movies, but we're a short way from some truly amazing applications that will only increase the importance and impact of data in our lives. I see neural computing -- and deep learning specifically -- as a major competitive advantage for companies in the near term. Long term, the technology will become ubiquitous." With the launch, Ersatz Labs emerges from a year-long beta.
Ersatz Labs provides a deep learning platform for businesses and researchers.
More information: www.ersatzlabs.com.
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