Unreasonable Effectiveness

Unreasonable effectiveness of deep networks

Throughout this course, we might have been surprised by the capabilities of simple programs like our first MNIST classifier. And yet, little prepares us for the uncanny capabilities of modern deep networks. In the words of one famous researcher, those networks are “unreasonably effective.” In a sense, they do nothing more than recognize patterns yet, they increasingly beat us at quintessentially human tasks, like facial recognition or medical diagnosis.

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