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The Deep Learning Revolution

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How deep learning--from Google Translate to driverless cars to personal cognitive assistants--is changing our lives and transforming every sector of the economy.The deep learning revolution has brought us driverless cars, the greatly improved Google Translate, fluent conversations with Siri and Alexa, and enormous profits from automated trading on the New York Stock Exchan ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Mit Press
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Dec 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: quit-reading
This book is NOT about deep learning. Despite its grand title, this book is strictly a memoir.

Since about 1980 Professor Terrence Sejnowski has worked with biologically inspired neural nets. However, his work is NOT notable for the theory behind or the development of deep neural nets (AKA deep learning). As such, this book consists of a very lightweight historical introduction to some of the people who were active in the early days of NNs, and Dr Sejnowski's kinship with them, but little more.

Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5. Good book with many historical details. The author is clearly at the forefront of research and I liked that he gives references (up to 2017). But I wish there would be more details in places. I am aware that this book is not a textbook but I wish the Sejnowski would provide more technical details. As a bird eyes view however, I highly recommend the book to everyone who is interested in neural networks and the deep learning revolution. It whet my appetite for more (I think I will pick up h ...more
William Boyle
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is not about deep learning. You'll learn more about how the eye works than anything else.. was interesting, just not really even remotely what I was expecting given the title...
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Terry Sejnowski holds the Francis Crick Chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. He has been at the forefront of neuroscience, the understanding of neural networks and their application in the development of artificial intelligence for the past 30 years. His book is both an enlightening history of this subject and a semi-autobiographical journey of his role and the roles of the other leading participants in this exciting and ground breaking journey in science a ...more
Dan Wilson
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to continue reading about deep learning research since much of our society uses this technology today. We use it now in our smart phones, retinal scans, self driving cars, face scanning at airports, etc. and its use will only increase. This technology will expand into the financial, medical and judicial areas in the next 10-20 years. How much they expand will be determined by how free people want to be with their own personal information. However, by combining deep learning in medicine, ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best scientific biographies I have ever read. It is short. It is full of insights. It tells an interesting story. It presents both the man and his friends. It explains what this revolution is all about. The only two problems: (i) the revolution is still ongoing; (ii) sometimes the author skips years making me wonder what happened within those time periods. Even with all these shortcomings it is still in the same league with Eric Kandel and other great scientific writers. Here' ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I disagree with the other reviews that state this is purely a 'memoir.' It is more than that.
Terry describes the evolution of neural networks and the personalities that helped the field along the way. He was a part of it, hence the 'memior' theme, but goes beyond his own contributions and neatly outlines the evolution of the idea from both personnel and theoretical perspectives. This won't teach you how to perform deep learning, but will help you understand how we got to where we are today.
Bouga Bougi
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Half of this book consists of Sejnowski flattering himself, the rest of the content is poorly explained. I learned nothing from this book that I did not already learn from much easier readings. This book is nothing but a waist of paper.
Ken Hamner
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very well written and informative book. Highly recommended.
Guy Aridor
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of those books that is less about the subject but more about a personal memoir from a towering figure in the field about the field as it progressed over time. Enjoyed it a lot!
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Good for an overview for history, concepts, etc.
This book doesn't explain the math behind any theory though. It just talks about their history, implications, problems, etc.
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Terrence Joseph Sejnowski is an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is the Francis Crick Professor at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies where he directs the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory. His research in neural networks and computational neuroscience has been pioneering.
Sejnowski is also Professor of Biological Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Departments o