The Technology Tail Wagging the Science Dog

Medium has an interesting essay on the light machine learning algorithms may shed on human cognition. If not particularly sensitive to important distinctions, the essay does emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary work:

Much like steam engines, machine learning is a technology intended to solve specific classes of problems. Yet results from the field are indicating intriguing—possibly profound—scientific clues about how our own brains might operate, perceive, and learn. The technology of machine learning is giving us new ways to think about the science of human thought … and imagination.

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