Machines do not have any edge in terms of cognitive capacity, because it is us humans who have to tell them what to do in each iteration of the loop in order to make any progress. Even the notion of progress has to be simplified in order for machines to comprehend it. Machines, of the Von Neumann sort currently prevalent, can only deal with numbers and they are very clever when it comes to comparing something to zero. Humans devised a mathematical trick to allow machines to comprehend progress, only if the goal is to minimize a particular outcome function. This trick is called convex optimization, and it is at the heart of almost all methods that allow machines to learn something from data.What loop? Browse Topics
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