Is there a tension between creativity and accuracy?
9 April 2017 | 4:50 am

On Twitter, I’ve been chatting with my friend Julia Galef about tensions between thinking creatively and thinking in a way that reduces error. Of course, all other things being equal, I’m in favour of reducing error in our thinking! However, all other things are not always equal. In particular, I believe “there’s a tension, too, […]

Where will the key ideas shaping the future of scientific publishing come from?
10 May 2015 | 6:57 pm

Stefan Janusz from the Royal Society asked me to comment briefly on where I’d look for new ideas about the future of scientific publishing. Here’s my response, crossposted to the Royal Society’s blog about scientific publishing. It’s tempting to assume the key ideas will come from leading scientists, journal publishers, librarians, policy makers, and so […]

How the backpropagation algorithm works
14 April 2014 | 7:24 pm

Chapter 2 of my free online book about “Neural Networks and Deep Learning” is now available. The chapter is an in-depth explanation of the backpropagation algorithm. Backpropagation is the workhorse of learning in neural networks, and a key component in modern deep learning systems. Enjoy!

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