Machine Learning Would Have Advanced Faster With Lisp

Lisp cycles (c) xkcd

Turing Award winner Yann LeCun dropping some much needed wisdom about ML advancements:

Hotter take: ML would have advanced faster if another front-end language had been available and widely adopted instead of Python.

One that is interactive yet fast & compilable, multithreaded (no GIL), isn’t bloated, doesn’t care about white spaces,…

E.g. Julia or some Lisp.

Hot take: Machine Learning would not have been nearly as advanced now were it not for Python. Python’s two main virtues in the context of ML:

  1. Lowering barriers to entry.

  2. As a scripting language, it encourages and enables experimental workflow.