February 28, 2011

Artificial intelligence pioneer aims to make computers learn like brains

artificial intelligence — alice @ 3:04 pm Print This Post  AddThis Social Bookmark Button

From the Globe and Mail:

Geoffrey Hinton, a pioneer in artificial intelligence, was awarded the country’s top science prize last week, the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal. The prize by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council comes with a guarantee of $1-million in funding over five years. The University of Toronto researcher spoke with Anne McIlroy on his efforts to get computers to learn the way humans do.

Last week, an IBM computer named Watson bested humans on the television program Jeopardy!. Who were you rooting for?

Watson.

Why?

Well, it is an example of artificial intelligence. That’s the field I’m in, so it is nice to see progress.

How is Watson different than the kind of artificial intelligence you are working on?

There are two main ways. The first is, we want to do a lot more by learning and a lot less by less by hand programming. Watson was a mixture.

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