But what is new in recent months is the growing speed and accuracy of deep-learning programs, often called artificial neural networks or just “neural nets” for their resemblance to the neural connections in the brain.
John MarkoffThere has been a number of stunning new results with deep-learning methods, said Yann LeCun, a computer scientist at New York University who did pioneering research in handwriting recognition at Bell Laboratories.The kind of jump we are seeing in the accuracy of these systems is very rare indeed.
Skynet? Not so fast! says another article: