If you had to choose between a computer or a doctor to detect and analyze early signs of cancer, which would you choose?
Why not both? Machine learning methods, while formalized in the 1950s, have only recently become powerful enough to make a huge impact. These deep learning methods have performed better at early cancer detection than professional radiologists! From image detection and Snapchat filters to Natural Language Processing and Siri, machine learning is ready to push our technology into the future.
Start with Python, TensorFlow, and a lot of data to begin coding desired behaviors and reward your computer for doing well! Tweak your reward schemes and adjust your data sets so your computer gets better at different tasks. As your program learns and grows because of your coding, you'll discover how to get your foot in the door of this exploding field of computing.