Thank you for purchasing the MEAP for Deep Learning for Vision Systems. I’m very excited that you are here! You are making a great decision to learn deep learning and computer vision. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. Computer vision is one of the areas that’s been advancing rapidly thanks to the huge AI and deep learning advances that took place in the past few years. For example, neural networks are now allowing self-driving cars to navigate around other cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles. It is also greatly improving face recognition technologies, enabling smartphones to recognize faces to unlock a phone or smarlocks to unlock doors. Computer vision applications like these and others have become a staple in our daily lives. I wouldn’t be surprised if some time in the near future your couch or television is able to recognize people in your house and react according to their personal preferences. By more than just recognizing objects, deep learning has given computers the power to imagine and create new things like art that wasn’t there before, or create new faces of real human beings (or other objects).