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Technology is not magic. "My least favorite description is, 'It works just like the brain.'" - LeCun #DeepLearning

The Pursuit of Beautiful Ideas (Some Hacking Required) Spectrum : The standard Yann LeCun biography says that you were exploring new approaches to neural networks at a time when they had fallen out of favor. What made you ignore the conventional wisdom and keep at it? LeCun: I have always been enamored of the idea of being able to train an entire system from end to end. You hit the system with essentially raw input, and because the system has multiple layers, each layer will eventually figure out how to transform the representations produced by the previous layer so that the last layer produces the answer. This idea—that you should integrate learning from end to end so that the machine learns good representations of the data—is what I have been obsessed with for over 30 years. Spectrum : Is the work you do “hacking,” or is it science? Do you just try things until they work...

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