Yeah I know what you mean. Once you understand a technology pretty well, it kind of loses its magic. I believe DeepMind made a StarCraft2 NN that is defeating the best players or doing really well. That's probably what you are referring to? I've was playing around with NN's in the mid 1980's making evolutionary NN's by defining a "world" with made up rules for them to survive and reproduce in. Rather than back-propping their learning, they had to evolve weights by random mutation & compete with survival of the fittest. It was kind of cool, they learned to run around and seek food, and other behaviors that made them look as if they had insect level intelligence. Here is an interesting article. It has examples of recurrent NN's learning different stuff, from C code to Shakespeare to math proofs. They are all form and no substance, but the form is pretty funny. http://karpathy.github.io/2015/05/21/rnn-effectiveness/ Here is some pseudo Shakespeare produced by a NN after reading Shakespeare for a while... PANDARUS: Alas, I think he shall be come approached and the day When little srain would be attain'd into being never fed, And who is but a chain and subjects of his death, I should not sleep. Second Senator: They are away this miseries, produced upon my soul, Breaking and strongly should be buried, when I perish The earth and thoughts of many states. DUKE VINCENTIO: Well, your wit is in the care of side and that. Second Lord: They would be ruled after this chamber, and my fair nues begun out of the fact, to be conveyed, Whose noble souls I'll have the heart of the wars. Clown: Come, sir, I will make did behold your worship. VIOLA: I'll drink it.