The Godfathers of AI have finally won the ‘Nobel Prize of Computing’
Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun have been honoured with the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award.
Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun have finally won the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award. The award is generally presented to luminaries who have pushed the boundaries of computing in the modern world. Hinton, LeCun and Bengio have been hailed for developing conceptual foundations for the field, identifying new phenomenon through experiments and for their contribution in engineering advances that demonstrated the advantages of deep neural networks.
But first, what exactly is the ACM A.M. Turing Award?
The ACM A.M. Turing Award has been named after Alan M. Turing, a British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. He is also credited as a contributor to the Allied crypto-analysis of the Enigma cipher during World War II. The winners are generally rewarded with a $1 million prize with the financial support provided by Google Inc.
Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow and SVP at Google AI said, 'Deep neural networks are responsible for some of the greatest advances in modern computer science, helping make substantial progress on long-standing problems in computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language understanding'.
He also added 'At the heart of this progress are fundamental techniques developed starting more than 30 years ago by this year's Turing Award winners, Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun. By dramatically improving the ability of computers to make sense of the world, deep neural networks are changing not just the field of computing, but nearly every field of science and human endeavor.'
Currently, Yoshua Bengio works as a Professor at the University of Montreal, and is also the Scientific Director of Mila (Quebec’s Artificial Intelligence Institute) and IVADO (the Institute for Data Valorization).
Geoffrey Hinton, the second recipient of the award, is the Vice President and Engineering Fellow of Google, Chief Scientific Adviser of The Vector Institute and a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. Hinton has also been listed in “The Wired 100—2016’s Most Influential People” by Wired magazine and he’s also part of a very select group of 50 people who have changed the landscape of global business in 2017, according to Bloomberg.
The third recipient, Yann LeCun is a Silver Professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, and VP and Chief AI Scientist at Facebook. He has also been featured on “The Wired 100—2016’s Most Influential People” and in their “25 Geniuses Who are Creating the Future of Business” list.