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Turing Award recipient Yoshua Bengio connects deep learning to concepts of cognition described in ‘Thinking fast and Slow,’ the book by Daniel Kahneman.

Bengio says ‘System 1’ thinking is like deep learning’s current state:

  • Intuitive
  • Fast
  • Unconscious
  • Non-linguistic
  • Habitual

He suggests future deep learning would be like ‘System 2’:

  • Slow
  • Logical
  • Sequential
  • Conscious
  • Linguistic
  • Algorithmic
  • Planning
  • Reasoning

The talk includes how a research agenda can link one to the next.

Bengio is one of three Turing winners for 2019, named with Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun for their pioneering work in deep learning. His talk was given at NeurIPS 2019, the world’s largest conference for AI specialists.

The talk is intended for a computer science audience. This version combines his slides and address in the same frame.

Updated February 2, 2023


VANCOUVER | December 2019

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