Deep-learning algorithms also will be used with our smart appliances, smart cars and wearable technology -- stringing it all together in the much championed Internet of Things.
"I think remote controls will go away in your house," said Ng. "If you are at home and want to listen to a piece of music, instead of pulling out your cell phone and unlocking it and pressing a lot of buttons, you could just lie on your sofa and tell your Baidu device to play some Justin Timberlake. I hope that in the future my grandchildren will ask me, 'Was there really a time when your home appliances didn't understand what you said?' They'll be mystified at having five remote controls in your house."
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