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Machine learning has become simplified. Similar to how Ruby on Rails made web development approachable, scikit-learn takes away much of the frustrating aspects of machine learning, and lets the developer focus on building functionality with high-level APIs.
Per Harald Borgen is a developer at Xeneta. He started programming fairly recently, but has already built a machine learning application that cuts down on the time his sales team has to spend qualifying leads. What I found most interesting about this episode was that machine learning gets used by a single developer to solve a simple business problem and deliver solid value. This is in contrast to how many of us think about machine learning–as an intimidating domain that requires a large team to build anything meaningful.