Background: A lot of the modern research in the past ~4 years (post alexnet) seems to have moved away from using generative pretraining for neural networks to achieve state of the art classification results.
For example, the top results for mnist here include only 2 papers of the top 50 seem to be using generative models, both of which are RBM's. The other 48 winning papers are about different discriminative feed forward architectures with much effort being put towards finding better/novel weight initializations and activation functions different from the sigmoid used in the RBM and in many older neural networks.
Question: Is there any modern reason to use Restricted Boltzmann Machines anymore?
If not, is there a de facto modification one can apply to these feed forward architectures to make any of their layers generative?
Motivation: I ask because some of the models I'm seeing available, usually variants on the RBM, don't necessarily have obvious analogous discriminative counterparts to these generative layers/models, and visa versa. For example:
CRBM (although one could argue the CNN used feed forward architectures is the discriminative analogous architecture)
Also, these were clearly pre alexnet as well, from 2010, 2011, and 2009 respectfully.