The original article is here: https://goodstrat.com/2019/05/11/deep-learning-and-shallow-understanding/
Martyn Richard Jones
Bruxelles, 29th April 2019
To begin at the beginning
In spite of or perhaps because of the many years I worked in artificial intelligence I believe that the current long-distance love affair with AI and what is also euphemistically termed ‘deep learning’ to be somewhat irrational in its exuberance.
In the eighties I was experimenting with automatic feature extraction, pattern recognition and parallel distributed processing (see Rumelhart and McClelland), which led me to adaptive neural networks.
As a result, my research and development in this field showed me that automatically mining nuggets of gold or automatically gaining real insight from data is not easy, far from stable and frequently not achievable. Interesting experiments, but frequently impractical in a business setting. Continue reading