Deep learning has accomplished impressive feats in areas such as voice recognition, image processing, and natural language processing. Deep learning enthusiasts have rushed to predict that this family of algorithms is likely to take over most other applications in the near future. This focus on deep architectures seems to have cast a shadow over more “traditional” machine learning and data science approaches, leaving researchers and practitioners alike wondering whether there is any point in investing in feature engineering or simpler models.
In this talk, I will go over what deep learning can and cannot do for you, both now and in the near future. I will also describe how different approaches will continue to be needed, and why their demand will likely grow despite the rise of deep learning. I will support my claims not only by looking at recent publications, but also by using practical examples drawn from my experience at companies at the forefront of machine learning applications, such as Quora.