Fireside Chat
Erlang and Deep Learning
Welcome to the Erlang User Conference!

Garrett Smith
TensorHub Hacker with Erlang-based X-ray Vision

Garrett Smith will host a chat with Jane Walerud and the Erlang co-inventors Mike, Joe and Robert.


The day of the machine is upon us! Whether it's self driving cars, automated drones, or Go playing robots, artificial intelligence is actually starting to work! One of the major driving forces in AI is Deep Learning - a branch of machine learning that uses neural networks, data, and lots of compute power to train models for use in a variety of applications including image recognition, speech translation, object detection - evening playing video games!

At the very least Deep Learning a very important buzzword if you're a programmer or data scientist.

In this short presentation, Garrett will introduce Deep Learning, some of its applications, and dive into how Erlang can be used to great effect in this field. This will include performance issues related to Deep Learning, distributed training, and production inference (i.e. using trained models in an application).

If you're curious about Deep Learning or how Erlang plays in this important field (dawn of the machines) don't miss this talk!


Welcome to the Erlang User Conference!

Garrett was a software engineer at CloudBees and is responsible for building scalable, er, that is, awesome software! At CloudBees Garrett led the development of the RUN platform-as-a-service that provided reliable, performant application hosting to tens of thousands of customers, which in turn served tens of millions of end-users!

Garrett's weapon of choice for the development of awesome software is Erlang -- a highly concurrent functional programming language that use used by companies like Facebook, WhatsApp and Machine Zone to build the world's largest messaging systems. Garrett is an international speaker and instructor. He organizes the Chicago Erlang User Group which sponsors Chicago Erlang - an annual Erlang conference in the heart of the US. He is the author of several Erlang projects including e2, Psycho, and LambdaPad. He is the creator of the satirical videos MongoDB Is Web Scale, Node.js Is Bad Ass Rock Star Tech, and Erlang The Movie II, The Sequel.

Garrett maintains his blog at 

GitHub: gar1t

Twitter: @gar1t

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