May

27

 This is a very interesting article with applications to our field.

On Chomsky and the Two Cultures of Statistical Learning:

"Prof Noam Chomsky derided researchers in machine learning who use purely statistical methods to produce behavior that mimics something in the world, but who don't try to understand the meaning of that behavior. Chomsky compared such researchers to scientists who might study the dance made by a bee returning to the hive, and who could produce a statistically based simulation of such a dance without attempting to understand why the bee behaved that way. 'That's a notion of [scientific] success that's very novel. I don't know of anything like it in the history of science,' said Chomsky."

"… while it may seem crass and anti-intellectual to consider a financial measure of success, it is worth noting that the intellectual offspring of [Claude] Shannon's theory create several trillion dollars of revenue each year, while the offspring of Chomsky's theories generate well under a billion."


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