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The Turing award 2018 has gone to Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun



The Turing award 2018, also known as the "Nobel Prize in Computer Science", has been awarded to three scientists who are considered the "godfathers of artificial intelligence".



31.Mar.19 8:18 AM
By Abigail Richards
Photo newscientist.com

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The Turing award 2018 has gone to Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun
The Turing award 2018, also known as the "Nobel Prize in Computer Science", has been awarded to three scientists who are considered the "godfathers of artificial intelligence".

The Association for Computing Machinery, which is awarding the prize of $ 1 million, announced this on Wednesday. Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun are rewarded for their work on the development of techniques that use "neural networks". These are computer algorithms that can learn in a way that is loosely based on how the human brain works.

From 2004, the trio worked together for a few years at the University of Toronto on techniques that made a number of breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), after expectations about neural networks had been disappointing for decades. Thanks to techniques such as "deep learning" that they developed, computers are now seriously capable of recognizing human speech and faces on photos or defeating us in more complex board games such as Go.

The three are still influential scientists in their field, with the Anglo-Canadian Hinton currently working for Google, the Frenchman LeCun on Facebook and the Canadian Bengio with IBM and Microsoft. According to the winners, major breakthroughs are still needed before the computer brain can actually compete with that of humans.



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