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What is deep learning? Why is this a growing trend in machine learning? Why not use SVMs?

Deep learning is a class of methods and techniques that employ artificial neural networks with multiple layers of increasingly richer functionality.

As Jack Rae mentioned in his answer, deep neural networks gained prominence suddenly around 2012 when deep models were able to beat state-of-the-art approaches in traditional machine learning problems such as image classification and speech recognition.

These results generated a lot of buzz, excitement and activity based on the realization that such methods leveraged very effectively massive amounts of data at big tech companies such as Google, Facebook and others.

Such datasets are not only provinces of big tech companies or academic research groups, they can be also created by straightforward methods such as crawling the Internet, or using publicly available open results such as Common Crawl.

In summary, deep learning quickly rose out-of-nowhere by out-performing traditional machine learning approaches and by the emergence of a realization that deep neural networks can be trained and experimented with by many, and not just few researchers at big tech companies and academia.

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