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Friday, September 20, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Annenberg 213

"Rebooting AI: Building Machines We Can Trust"

Gary Marcus on "Rebooting AI: Building Machines We Can Trust"

Artificial intelligence has a trust problem. We are relying on A.I. more and more, but it hasn't yet earned our confidence.

Despite the intense recent hype surrounding AI, no current AI system remotely approaches the flexibility of human intelligence; as I will show, even the ability to read at grade-school level eludes current approaches.

Building on a recent synthesis with Ernest Davis, I argue that the currently popular technique of deep learning is valuable, but also, as an approach to general intelligence, radically incomplete -- and unlikely to be solved merely be gathering more data and marshaling more computational resources

I conclude with some proposals for what a new breed of artificial intelligence -- informed by the cognitive sciences, and with an emphasis on common sense -- might look like.

GARY MARCUS is a scientist, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. He is Founder and CEO of Robust.AI, and was Founder and CEO of Geometric Intelligence, a machine learning company acquired by Uber in 2016. He is the author of five books, including The Algebraic Mind, Kluge, The Birth of the Mind, and The New York Times best seller Guitar Zero, as well as editor of The Future of the Brain and The Norton Psychology Reader.

He has published extensively in fields ranging from human and animal behavior to neuroscience, genetics, linguistics, evolutionary psychology and artificial intelligence, often in leading journals such as Science and Nature, and is perhaps the youngest Professor Emeritus at NYU. His newest book, co-authored with Ernest Davis, Rebooting AI: Building Machines We Can Trust aims to shake up the field of artificial intelligence.

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