François Chollet @fchollet Deep learning @google. Creator of Keras, neural networks library. Author of 'Deep Learning with Python'. Opinions are my own. Apr. 11, 2019 1 min read

Deep learning is capable of performing reasoning tasks, in the sense that it's pattern recognition engine, and any task (including ones we would categorize as involving reasoning) can be cast as pattern recognition, given a sufficient dense sampling of the input/output space.

It's also technically possible to train deep learning models to perform specific symbolic tasks (say, arithmetic, sorting...) using *few* data points, if you hard-code that task in the architecture space (replacing learning with a prior)...

Neither "train on a dense sampling of the data" nor "practically hard-code a solution template and then tune a few parameters using SGD" are particularly good options.


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