ImageNet: The Birth of Deep Learning

Today’s deep learning revolution traces back to the 30th of September, 2012. On this day, a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) called AlexNet won the ImageNet 2012 challenge [1]. AlexNet didn’t just win; it dominated.

AlexNet was unlike the other competitors. This new model demonstrated unparalleled performance on the largest image dataset of the time, ImageNet. This event made AlexNet the first widely acknowledged, successful application of deep learning. It caught people’s attention with a 9.8 percentage point advantage over the nearest competitor [2].

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