One of the saddest things about the field of AI is how ahistorical and siloed it is. Some of the key debates of our day (e.g. innate priors vs "blank slate" minds) have been going on for many decades, across multiple fields, and deep learners have *zero* knowledge of this context
Turns out that majoring in gradient descent studies is a poor ersatz for a working knowledge of the history of AI progress, neuropsychology, developmental psychology, and mathematics
The key issue here is that AI related majors have been booming since 2014, by a large multiple, and they've been largely primed to believe "[SGD] is our answer, you don't need to know about anything else". That's intellectual blinkers, not an education
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