The Past and Future of Deep Learning

What do you think of Deep Learning? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Peter Norvig, Research Director at Google, on Quora. I remember vividly the day in the early 1980s when Geoff Hinton came to Berkeley to give a talk on his Boltzmann Machine work. To me it was an amazing vision: he discarded everything that was powerful and useful about symbolic AI, and in return got a mechanism that offered three exciting new (to me) things: cognitive plausibility in terms of a model of the brain; a model that was learned from experiences rather than programmed by hand; and representations that were continuous rather than Boolean, thus sidestepping some of the brittleness issues of…


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