Machine learning theory is lagging behind

We’re in a very empirical era in machine learning…but theory is lagging behind. – Michael Jordan


Because computer scientists don’t study psychoanalysis or philosophy. A good place to start is Hubert Dreyfus. Next try Spinoza, Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze and Berkeley. What you’ll learn is that the intelligent world is explainable by interpretation, in the psychoanalytic sense. Then you realize that Turing’s imitation game is a mathematical description of this same concept of interpretation. This changes the way to look at computers, and the way to look at your own ability to think.

To regain your sanity, read Levinas.

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