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Jürgen Schmidhuber

Father of Artificial Intelligence

Jürgen Schmidhuber Biography

Juergen Schmidhuber is a Co-Founder & Chief Scientist of NNAISENSE, Scientific Director at Swiss AI Lab IDSIA and Professor of AI, USI & SUPSI, Switzerland. He is often called the father of modern Artificial Intelligence.

Juergen’s lab deep learning neural networks such as LSTM have revolutionized machine learning, are now on 3 billion smartphones, and used billions of times per day, for Facebook’s automatic translation (2017), Google’s speech recognition (since 2015) and Google Translate (2016), Apple’s Siri & QuickType (2016), Amazon’s Alexa (2016), etc. He is recipient of numerous awards, and president of the company NNAISENSE, which aims at building the first practical general purpose AI.

Since age 15, the main goal of professor Jürgen Schmidhuber has been to build a self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) smarter than himself, then retire. His lab’s Deep Learning Neural Networks (since 1991) such as Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) have revolutionised machine learning, and are now available to billions of users through the world’s most valuable public companies, e.g., for greatly improved speech recognition on over 2 billion Android phones, greatly improved machine translation through Google (since 2016) and Facebook (over 4 billion LSTM-based translations per day as of 2017), Apple’s Siri and Quicktype on almost 1 billion iPhones (since 2016), the answers of Amazon’s Alexa, and numerous other applications. In 2011, his team was the first to win official computer vision contests through deep neural nets, with superhuman performance. His research group also established the field of mathematically rigorous universal AI and recursive self-improvement in universal problem solvers that learn to learn (since 1987). His formal theory of creativity & curiosity & fun explains art, science, music, and humor. He also generalized algorithmic information theory and the many-worlds theory of physics, and introduced the concept of Low-Complexity Art, the information age’s extreme form of minimal art. He is recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award “for pioneering contributions to deep learning and neural networks,” and Chief Scientist of the company NNAISENSE, which aims at building the first practical general purpose AI.

As of August 2017, all of the five most valuable public companies in the world (Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook) are massively using the deep learning neural networks developed in my lab since the early 1990s, in particular, the Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM), which is now on 3 billion smartphones, and used billions of times per day, consuming a substantial fraction of the world’s total computational resources. (Business Week called LSTM “arguably the most commercial AI achievement”.)

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