When I was in high school I learned martial arts from a man who'd just arrived from mainland China. He spoke very little English and so, to better pass along the concepts and nuances of what he was trying to teach, he'd write things down in traditional Chinese.
I bought a dictionary and slowly, laboriously, translated what I could, checking back with my teacher and better refining the translations each time.
We brute forced the process.
Later, I took a couple years of Mandarin and simplified Chinese writing at University. A lot of that has faded now but I still marvel at the language all that it can convey.
That's what makes the work of Apple's handwriting recognition team — one of the many teams at Apple using machine learning to improve the quality of their products — especially fascinating to me.
From Apple's Machine Learning Journal (opens in new tab)
Also, and I've mentioned this before, but it's both wonderful and terrifying to me how Apple and others now refer to these processes as being trained, like pets, rather than coded, like machines.
Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.
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