Machine learning is the ability of a program to develop and progress in a specific task without using explicit instructions, allowing the program to rely on patterns and inference instead. Machine learning allows for a machine or program to develop and create a solution on its own once limitations and standards are set, rather than simply following programing.
Why is it Important to the IT Professional?
Machine learning takes some development and problem-solving away from the programming team and instead puts it on the machine to produce the desired results. This means that IT professionals need to understand algorithms and automation when dealing with machine learning to best facilitate what the machine is trying to accomplish.
Machine learning is also an important key to AI. IT is one thing to have a programmable AI that responds the same way in every circumstance, but with machine learning, the AI is able to assess and develop new solutions to become something more than it was originally developed for without human intervention.