AI is here. And it’s in your pocket.
Turing Award 2018 goes to Hinton, LeCun and Bengio. \
The belief and disbelief about AI and machines being able to mimic the brain has been on for a long time. Geoffrey Hinton, born to a family of famous mathematicians and economists have believed that multilayered neural network is possible to build and could solve major problems. He was influenced by Frank Rosenblatt who in the late 1950’s developed ‘Perceptron’ a neural network computing system that will mimic the brain. Rosenblatt was hoping to feed data – like pictures of men and women and the computer will eventually be able to tell them apart. Only problem – it couldn’t.
Geoffrey was firm in his belief and worked through prolonged period if ‘AI Winters’ – a decade at a time when funding dried up along with public interest. Using the work Hinton did, Dean Pomerleau built a self driving car in the late 80s that drove on public roads. Yann LeCun developed a system that could recognize hand written digits.
This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. A lot more is coming and much of it will be because of the unwavering faith of Hinton in the capability of man to create a machine that thinks like humans.
The techniques the trio of Hinton, LeCun and Bengio developed were instrumental in breakthroughs in tasks like computer vision and speech recognition, self driving cars and automated medical diagnoses.
You are already using some of the technologies pioneered by the trio – face recognition, voice bots like Siri and Alexa, and AI suggested mail body.
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This Canadian Genius Created Modern AI : Bloomberg profile (mid 2018)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9RWTMNnvi4