To learn who takes the Turing Award home, people may turn to their familiar talking bots like Siri or Alexa. Or some of the technologies that have brought the three winners to life.
Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun have earned recognition for their pioneering work in the field of artificial intelligence, often awarded the Nobel Prize in the tech world, the Computer Machinery Association announced on Wednesday. The researchers worked independently as well as together and helped to drive the thinking and application of neural networks. This technology allows computers to recognize patterns, interpret language, and gather insight from complex data.
"Artificial intelligence is now one of the fastest growing areas of science and one of the most discussed topics in society," said Cherri Pancake, president of the Computer Society, in a statement. "The growth and interest in AI is due not least to recent advances in deep learning, for which Bengio, Hinton and LeCun have laid the groundwork."
The trio's efforts to popularize algorithms that extract patterns into data were initially skeptical, but noted that its involvement in artificial intelligence research has led to breakthroughs in many areas of computer science, including speech recognition Robotics and the way machines interpret digital images and videos.
The process The recognition of the languages, environments and objects that billions of smartphone users rely on comes from Bengio, Hinton and LeCun. Her research is on the way to further advances as entire industries use artificial intelligence systems and may change transportation, medicine and commerce.
Refrigeration technologies could open a future with autonomous vehicles or earlier and more accurate medical diagnoses.
However, the advancement of artificial intelligence has also raised concerns about mass automation and worker displacement.
LeCun is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and Vice President and Chief Scientist of Facebook on Facebook. Hinton is vice president and engineer at Google. Bengio is a professor at the University of Montreal and scientific director of both the Artificial Intelligence Institute in Quebec and the Institute for Data Valorization.
The Turing Prize is endowed with $ 1 million, funded by Google. The prize is named after the British mathematician Alan Turing, who laid the theoretical foundations for computer science.