Amazon Wants to Teach You Machine Learning Through Music? – Dice Insights

Machine learning has rapidly become one of those buzzwordsembraced by companies around the world. Even if they dont fully understandwhat it means, executives think that machine learning will magically transformtheir operations and generate massive profits. Thats good news fortechnologistsprovided they actually learn the technologys fundamentals, ofcourse.

Amazon wants to help with the learning aspect of things. At this years AWS re:Invent, the company is previewing the DeepComposer, a 32-key keyboard thats designed to train you in machine learning fundamentals via the power of music.

No, seriously. AWS DeepComposer is theworlds first musical keyboard powered by machine learning to enable developersof all skill levels to learn Generative AI while creating original musicoutputs, reads Amazonsultra-helpful FAQ on the matter. DeepComposer consists of a USB keyboardthat connects to the developers computer, and the DeepComposer service,accessed through the AWS Management Console.There are tutorials andtraining data included in the package.

Generative AI, the FAQcontinues, allows computers to learn the underlying pattern of a given problemand use this knowledge to generate new content from input (such as image,music, and text). In other words, youre going to play a really simple songlike Chopsticks,and this machine-learning platform will use that seed to build a four-hourWagner-style opera. Just kidding! Or are we?

Jokes aside, the ideathat a machine-learning platform can generate lots of data based on relativelylittle input is a powerful one. Of course, Amazon isnt totally altruistic inthis endeavor; by serving as a training channel for up-and-comingtechnologists, the company obviously hopes that more people will turn to it forall of their machine learning and A.I. needs in future years. Those interestedcan sign up for the preview on adedicated site.

This isnt the first time that Amazon has plunged into machine-learning training, either. Late last year, it introduced AWS DeepRacer, a model racecar designed to teach developers the principles of reinforcement learning. And in 2017, it rolled out AWS DeepLens camera, meant to introduce the technology world to Amazons take on computer vision and deep learning.

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For those who master the fundamentals of machine learning, the jobs can prove quite lucrative. In September, theIEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Salarysuggested that engineers with machine-learning knowledge make an annual average of $185,000. Earlier this year, meanwhile, Indeed pegged theaverage machine learning engineer salary at $146,085, and its job growth between 2015 and 2018 at 344 percent.

If youre not interested in Amazonsversion of a machine-learning education, there are other channels. For example,OpenAI, the sorta-nonprofit foundation (yes, itsas odd as it sounds), hosts what it calls Gym, a toolkit fordeveloping and comparing reinforcement algorithms; it also has a set of modelsand tools, along with a very extensive tutorialin deepreinforcement learning.

Googlelikewise has acrash course,complete with 25 lessonsand 40+ exercises, thats a good introduction to machine learning concepts.Then theres Hacker Noon and its interesting breakdown ofmachine learning andartificial intelligence.

Onceyou have a firmer grasp on the core concepts, you can turn to BloombergsFoundations of Machine Learning,afree online coursethat teaches advanced concepts such asoptimization and kernel methods. A lotof math is involved.

Whateverlearning route you take, its clear that machine learning skills have anincredible value right now. Familiarizing yourself through thistechnologywhether via traditional lessons or a musical keyboardcan only helpyour career in tech.

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