François Chollet
+ Your AuthorsArchive @fchollet Deep learning @google. Creator of Keras, neural networks library. Author of 'Deep Learning with Python'. Opinions are my own. Jul. 01, 2019 1 min read

Our intelligence is about as general as our senses and our motor affordances: it has a high degree of generality within the scope of experiences and problems that humans encounter -- a thin slice of reality. Replaced in its broader context, it is extremely specialized.

Exactly like our body & senses. We can perceive a slice of the EM spectrum, certain chemicals in the air we breathe, soundwaves, etc. We can run on land, climb mountains, swim across rivers. But thinking that this is all there is to the universe -- that's a deficit of imagination

It is, more accurately, all there is to *our* universe.

Our intelligence is specialized for the same reasons that our sensorimotor affordances are specialized: it evolved in a very specific context. It is general within this context -- not applicable anywhere else. It wouldn't be reasonable to expect universality from adhoc mutations.

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