Geoffrey Hinton: The Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality

Geoff Hinton, the AI guru who now works for Google. Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

Geoff Hinton, the AI guru who now works for Google. Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

Daniela Hernandez  writes:  Geoffrey Hinton was in high school when a friend convinced him that the brain worked like a hologram.

To create one of those 3-D holographic images, you record how countless beams of light bounce off an object and then you store these little bits of information across a vast database. While still in high school, back in 1960s Britain, Hinton was fascinated by the idea that the brain stores memories in much the same way. Rather than keeping them in a single location, it spreads them across its enormous network of neurons.

‘I get very excited when we discover a way of making neural networks better — and when that’s closely related to how the brain works.’

This may seem like a small revelation, but it was a key moment for Hinton — “I got very excited about that idea,” he remembers. “That was the first time I got really into how the brain might work” — and it would have enormous consequences. Inspired by that high school conversation, Hinton went on to explore neural networks at Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and by the early ’80s, he helped launch a wildly ambitious crusade to mimic the brain using computer hardware and software, to create a purer form of artificial intelligence we now call “deep learning.”

For a good three decades, the deep learning movement was an outlier in the world of academia. But now, Hinton and his small group of deep learning colleagues, including NYU’s Yann LeCun and the University of Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio, have the attention of the biggest names on the internet. After honing his ideas as a professor and researcher the University of Toronto in Canada, Hinton works part-time for Google, where he’s using deep learning techniques to improve voice recognition, image tagging, and countless other online tools. LeCun is at Facebook, doing similar work. And artificial intelligence is suddenly all the rage at Microsoft, IBM, Chinese search giant Baidu, and many others…

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2 Comments on “Geoffrey Hinton: The Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality”

  1. Richard M Nixon (Deceased) says:

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