I went to my first Sydney Machine Learning Meetup today. Anthony at The Last Pickle recommended joining this group when we met about a month ago, and I happened to stumble across one of their ads on Facebook or something late September. I invited Ian and Syed to join me tonight, but tickets were sold out by the time they looked, so I went solo (I read a great joke about Han Solo once upon a time, but I cannot remember it right now).
It was a surprisingly good event. Now I want to learn more of the development side for implementing machine learning so I can do it myself - instead of relying on others to implement my formulas.
There is a lot of buzz around using TensorFlow, and one of the speakers tonight is using it in Pascal 51. Frankly, I don't know enough about TensorFlow to have an opinion on the matter. My friend Jon in New York knows a lot about it, but he is in New York and I cannot just knock on his door for a beer and a chat. Steve might know something about TensorFlow as well, but he lives in Berlin and already has a heap on his plate.
I still want to learn though, especially after tonight. Maybe Nishant and I can have a go at it together. He already knows how to code in Python, so he is a step ahead of me.
Damn, I need to get their events onto VIVA.