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Jürgen Schmidhuber

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

The New York Times headlined: "When A.I. Matures, It May Call Jürgen Schmidhuber 'Dad'." He is often called the Father of Modern AI by the media. Since age 15, his main goal has been to build a self-improving A.I. smarter than himself, then retire. His lab's deep learning artificial neural networks based on ideas published in the "Annus Mirabilis" 1990-1991 have revolutionised machine learning and A.I. 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 pioneered generative adversarial networks (1990, now widely used), artificial curiosity, Transformers with linearized self-attention (1991 - Transformers are the basis of the famous ChatGPT), and meta-learning machines that learn to learn (since 1987). Today, the most cited neural networks all build on work done in his labs. e is the recipient of numerous awards, Director of the AI Initiative at KAUST in KSA, Scientific Director of the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Adj. Prof. of A.I. at Univ. Lugano, and Co-Founder & Chief Scientist of the company NNAISENSE. He is also a frequent keynote speaker at major events, and advises various governments on A.I. strategies.

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