Industry experts claim deep learning is overhyped

Deep learning, technology that can mimic the human brain, has long been a cornerstone of research in the artificial intelligence community. It is considered so pioneering and important that Google paid $400 million last year to acquire a leader in the field called Deep Mind. So it was surprising that when a high-level panel of artificial intelligence experts gathered at a forum in Menlo Park, California one evening last week, the consensus opinion was that deep learning represents the most overhyped part of their profession. The forum, sponsored by the Churchill Club and hosted by SRI International, featured highly-respected experts such as Adam Cheyer (co-inventor of Siri), Nigel Duffy (CTO of Sentient and a leading expert in machine learning) and Lauri Saft who is leading IBM’s Watson Partner program. They…


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