How to be pessimistically optimistic about deep learning technology

When it comes to the promise of deep learning technology and artificial intelligence, Ace Moghimi is “pessimistically optimistic.””Is it the end-all, be-all?” he said. “Probably not. But as we work on improvements in statistical techniques [and] compute power, all these things are coming together. We see value in it.” Moghimi is the head of innovation at Manulife/John Hancock. In that role, he helped found the organization’s Lab of Forward Thinking, or LOFT. The group looks for ways to implement new and emerging technologies to improve the company’s core business of selling retail investing products. One of the biggest technologies to come along in a while is deep learning. In the past year or so, this extension of traditional machine learning has exploded in popularity in part because, as a core…


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