KDD 2016 Plenary Panel

The history of deep learning goes back more than five decades but in the marketplace of ideas its perceived value went through booms and busts. We are no doubt at an all time high: in the last couple of years we witnessed extraordinary advances in vision, speech recognition, game playing, translation, and so on, all powered by deep networks. At the same time companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are making huge bets on deep learning research and infrastructure, ML competitions are dominated by deep learning approaches, open source deep learning software is proliferating, and the popular press both cheerleads the progress and raises the dark specter of unintended consequences. So is deep learning the answer to everything? According to Douglas Adams’s famous “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the…

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