6.803 | Spring 2019 | Undergraduate

The Human Intelligence Enterprise

Schedule of Activities

Hinton launches third wave


[Note: Read the assignment before you read the papers.]

“ImageNet Classification with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks” (PDF) by Alex Krizhevsky, Illya Sutskever, and Geoffrey E. Hinton.

Estimated reading time: 20 min

“Deep Neural Networks are Easily Fooled: High Confidence Predictions for Unrecognizable Images” (PDF) by Anh Nguyen, Jason Yosinsky, and Jeff Clune

Estimated reading time: 30 min

“Mastering the game of Go with deep neural networks and tree search” by David Silver et al.

Estimated reading time: 30 min (not including optional Methods section)

Note that Prof. Winston read these in big picture mode, not problem set mode. Note that you are only expected to read the first and skim the others.

Note also that much of the Hinton paper, in particular, is unintelligible.


[Note: If you discuss the paper or the assignment with another student—which we encourage—indicate whom you have talked with in your submitted composition. Of course your submitted composition must be written entirely by you.]

On a total of one side of one sheet of paper, using 10 pt type or larger, with standard interline spacing and margins, respond to all the following:

Imagine that Prof. Winston, having grown tired of teaching, has left MIT and started an international consulting firm, The Concord Group, specializing in giving advice about AI. He has hired you as an intern because you took 6.803.

On your first day, he says,

“Good news. We’ve just been hired by Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry, also known as MITI. The MITI people view current trends as the third wave of AI.

  • First wave: symbolic programing, as in Slagle’s integration program
  • Second wave: rule-based systems, as in the MYCIN program for diagnosing disease
  • Third wave: deep neural nets

They wonder if deep neural nets are The Answer and whether they should start a big research program in Japan to do research on deep neural nets. They need a white paper to help them decide, and you get to write it!”

First, you figure out what a white paper is.

Then, at Winston’s suggestion, you decide to base your white paper on Hinton’s paper, so you read that. Then, you skim the paper by Nguyen et al., looking only at the pictures and reading the captions. Finally you skim the AlphaGo paper, hoping you can learn why success in image classification contributes to success in playing Go.

Course Info

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Spring 2019
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments