One model to learn them all

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One model to learn them all Kaiser et al., arXiv 2017

You almost certainly have an abstract conception of a banana in your head.

Suppose you ask me if I’d like anything to eat. I can say the word ‘banana’ (such that you hear it spoken), send you a text message whereby you see (and read) the word ‘banana,’ show you a picture of a banana, and so on. All of these different modalities (the sound waves, the written word, the visual image) tie back to the same concept – they are different ways of ‘inputting’ the banana concept. Your conception of bananas is independent of the way the thought popped into your head. Likewise, as an ‘output’ I could ask you to say the word banana, write the word banana, draw a picture of a banana, and so on. We are able to reason about such concepts independently of…

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