Deep learning and expertise

A colleague asked “is anyone talking about how deep learning requires time, attention, and focus?” He was concerned with “the trend that tells us everything must be short.”  He asked if I’d written anything, and I realize I really haven’t. Well, I did make a call for “slow learning” once upon a time, but it’s probably worth doing it again.  So here’s a riff on deep learning and expertise.

First, what do we mean by deep learning? Here, I’m suggesting that the goal of deep learning is expertise. We’ve automated enough of the component elements that we can use our conscious processes to make expert judgments in addressing performance requirements. This could be following a process, making strategic decisions such as diagnoses and prescriptions, and more. It can also require developing pre-conscious responses, such as we train airline pilots to respond to emergencies. 

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