MIT Technology Review: Too many AI researchers think real-world problems are not relevant

MIT Technology Review: Too many AI researchers think real-world problems are not relevant. “Any researcher who’s focused on applying machine learning to real-world problems has likely received a response like this one: ‘The authors present a solution for an original and highly motivating problem, but it is an application and the significance seems limited for the machine-learning community.’ These words are straight from a review I received for a paper I submitted to the NeurIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems) conference, a top venue for machine-learning research. I’ve seen the refrain time and again in reviews of papers where my coauthors and I presented a method motivated by an application, and I’ve heard similar stories from countless others.”