Jürgen Schmidhuber

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Jürgen Schmidhuber

Director, AI Initiative, KAUST; Scientific Director, Swiss AI Lab IDSIA; Adj. Prof. of Artificial Intelligence, USI; Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, NNAISENSE

The media have called Jürgen Schmidhuber the father of modern Artificial Intelligence (AI). Since age 15, his main goal has been to build a self-improving AI smarter than himself, then retire. His lab’s deep learning neural networks such as LSTM have revolutionized machine learning. By 2017, they were on over 3 billion smartphones, and used billions of times per day, for Facebook’s automatic translation, Google’s speech recognition, Google Translate, Apple’s Siri & QuickType, Amazon’s Alexa, etc. He also pioneered unsupervised adversarial networks, artificial curiosity and meta-learning machines that learn to learn. He is recipient of numerous awards, and chief scientist of the company NNAISENSE, which aims at building the first practical general purpose AI. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major events, and advising various governments on AI strategies.
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