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"A distinctive feature of neural networks is that the designer or
programmer does not directly specify all the particulars of a
computation. Instead, the neural net is 'trained' by exposure to
thousands of examples, and it adjuests its internal parameters to
maximize its own success. When the training is complete, we have a
machine that can answer questions, but we don't necessarily know
how it computes the answers. I find this situation midly frustrating.
On the other hand, it's a predicament I am familiar with at the most
intimate level. I, too, understand speech and recognize faces—and
I can't explain how I do it."
"The art historian Bernard Berenson described his talent as a ‘sixth sense.’ ‘It is very largely a question of accumulated experience upon which your spirit sets unconsciously,’ he said. ‘When I see a picture, in most cases, I recognize it at once as being or not being by the master it is ascribed to; the rest is merely a question of how to fish out the evidence that will make the conviction as plain to others as it is to me.’" (pp. 51–52.)