Yann LeCun on AI systems as an extension of our brains

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Yann LeCun, director of Facebook AI Research
Photo by Randi Klett - Deep Learning expert Yann LeCun leads Facebook's AI research lab

Photo by Randi Klett – Deep Learning expert Yann LeCun leads Facebook’s AI research lab

AI systems are going to be an extension of our brains, in the same way cars are an extension of our legs. They are not going to replace us – they are going to amplify everything we do, augmenting your memory, giving you instant knowledge.”

Source: Bt.com


The man who invented the tech behind Siri says humans can be replaced in finance, healthcare and retail

1antoine Sentient tech

Will algorithms like Sentient’s ultimately replace humans completely?

“Yes, we are trying to minimise the amount of human intervention. Our thesis is there will be more and more applications with limited human value,” Mr [Antoine] Blondeau said. “But this doesn’t mean it should not be supervised. As long as humans can see what the system is doing, you can trace its steps and interpret the outcomes.”

— Antoine Blondeau, Chief executive, Sentient Technologies [the world’s best-funded AI company]

Source: The Telegraph



Geoff Hinton on “AI as a friend”

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Geoff Hinton – Google, Distinguished Researcher, University of Toronto as a Distinguished Emeritus Professor

He [Geoff Hinton] painted a picture of the near-future in which people will chat with their computers, not only to extract information, but for fun – reminiscent of the film, Her, in which Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his intelligent operating system.

“It’s not that far-fetched,” Hinton said. “I don’t see why it shouldn’t be like a friend. I don’t see why you shouldn’t grow quite attached to them.

Source: The Guardian – Thursday 21 May 2015



Maciej Ceglowski on “Everywhere I look there is this failure to capture the benefits of technological change”

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Maciej Ceglowski is the founder of Pinboard among other things
Maciej Ceglowski - photo webstock flicr

Maciej Ceglowski – photo webstock flicr

Everywhere I look there is a Failure to capture the benefits of technological change.

So what kinds of ideas do California central planners think are going to change the world? 

Well, right now, they want to build space rockets and make themselves immortal. I wish I was kidding.

Source: AVC.com (VC blog)


Dr. Lynne Parker on “AI has to be holistic”

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 Lynne Parker, a professor at the University of Tennessee 

Dr Lynn Parker, University of Tennessee

“We’ve made a lot of deep advances in many focused areas, but we need one big system to pull a lot of these systems together into one machine,” [Lynne] Parker said. “To have a household robot that can obey your commands, we’re still pretty far from that. I would say 10 to 20 years. It’s not about the glue. When you build one subsystem, it affects how another subsystem should be designed. You can’t build them in isolation and just glue them together. It has to be holistic.”

Lynne Parker, a professor at the University of Tennessee and a division director in Information and Intelligent Systems with the National Science Foundation

Source: Computer World


Sonia Chernova on “Reasoning is just really hard”

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Sonia Chernova, Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sonia Chernova, Assistant Professor. Computer Science Department Robotics Engineering Program, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

“I think repeatedly we’ve not met the estimates that we keep making about where we’d be in the future,” said Sonia Chernova, an assistant professor of computer science and the director of the Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. “Reasoning is just really hard, and dealing with the real world is very hard.… But we’ve made amazing gains.”

Computer World: AI is Getting Smarter

Sonia Chernova, an assistant professor of computer science and the director of the Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass.



Vivek Wadhwa on “older entrepreneurs are going to better the world.”

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VIVEK WADHAWA, distinguished scholar at Singularity and Emory universities

Vivek-Wadhwa-1A technology shift is happening that will dramatically alter the entrepreneurial landscape in the next few years. Several technologies — involving medicine, robotics, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, 3D printing, and nanomaterials — are advancing at exponential rates and are converging.

These technologies will make it possible to create the next trillion-dollar industries and to better our lives. But they require knowledge of fields such as medicine, biotechnology, engineering, and nanotechnology. They require experience, an understanding of the problems people face, and cross-disciplinary skills. All of these come with age and experience, which middle-aged entrepreneurs have in abundance. That is why we need to get beyond the stereotypes and realize that older entrepreneurs are going to better the world.

Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke’s engineering school and distinguished scholar at Singularity and Emory universities. His past appointments include Harvard Law School and University of California Berkeley.

Source: VentureBeat

Jeff Siskind on “It took evolution a billion years”

Jeff Siskind, professor at Purdue University

jeffrey siskindThe field of AI is trying to understand human-level intelligence, something that took evolution a billion years and more to develop, and it’s unreasonable to expect humans to recapitulate that process even in a few decades. That said, I think we’re making a huge amount of progress.

Jeff Siskind, professor at Purdue University

Source: ComputerWorld