2012 was a tumultuous year for me, but it was undeniably a great year for deep learning efforts. Signs of this include:
- Winning a Kaggle competition.
- Wide adoption of deep learning for speech recognition.
- Significant industry support.
- Gains in image recognition.
This is a rare event in research: a significant capability breakout. Congratulations are definitely in order for those who managed to achieve it. At this point, deep learning algorithms seem like a choice undeniably worth investigating for real applications with significant data.