In a world where deep learning and other massively scalable perception machines are at our disposal, allowing us to build amazing applications, the time is now ripe to move beyond the concept of pure perception and into broader Artificial Intelligence (AI). The path towards AI goes through what's missing in many applications today; Inference. Only when we combine Inference machines and Perception machines can we truly talk about AI. The benefit will be a machine that knows what to expect before observing it's environment and that can take prior information into account. With ever more mature Probabilistic programming languages available, we can express this marriage of perception and inference. In this talk we will scrape the surface of how to build Bayesian predictive inference machines using Probabilistic programming.
Resources: Chapter 5 MCMC Handbook: https://arxiv.org/abs/1206.1901 Statistical Rethinking: https://www.amazon.com/Statistical-Rethinking-Bayesian-Examples-Chapman/dp/1482253445 Bayesian Data Analysis: https://www.amazon.com/Bayesian-Analysis-Chapman-Statistical-Science/dp/1439840954/ Stan, a probabilistic programming language: http://mc-stan.org/