Here we are in 2026, and it's been 10 years since the dawn of mainstream commercial applications of deep learning. Back in 2016, a small number of organizations were just starting to use deep learning for small, simple, (and in hindsight) obvious tasks. Who could have guessed what the next ten years would hold? In this talk, Jeremy Howard, who founded the first medical deep learning company, Enlitic (way back in 2014!) will look across industries at the history of how deep learning went mainstream, and changed all of our lives within just 10 short years.
A Look Back from 2026: How the Deep Learning Revolution Happened
Jeremy Howard is a serial entrepreneur, business strategist, developer, and educator. He is the CEO of Enlitic, a startup he founded to use recent advances in machine learning to transform the practice of medicine, and bring modern medical diagnostics to billions of people in the developing world for the first time. He is the youngest faculty member at Singularity University, where he teaches data science, and is also a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. Previously he was the President and Chief Scientist of Kaggle, a community and competition platform for over 150,000 data scientists. Before working at Kaggle, he was the top ranked participant in data science competitions globally, in 2010 and 2011. He founded two successful Australian startups (the email provider FastMail, and the insurance pricing algorithm company Optimal Decisions Group), both of which grew internationally and were sold to large international companies. He started his career in management consulting, working at the world's most exclusive firms, including McKinsey & Co, and AT Kearney (becoming the youngest engagement manager world-wide, and building a new global practice in what is now called "Big Data"). He is also a keen student, for example developing a new system for learning Chinese, which he used to develop usable Chinese language skills in just one year. Jeremy has mentored and advised many startups, and is also an angel investor. He has contributed to a range of open source projects as a developer, and was a regular expert guest on Australia's most popular TV morning news program.