Breaking the Wall between Human and Artificial Intelligence:

From the stuff of dystopian science fiction movies to everyday companions – with the rise of ubiquitous mobile computing power, artificial intelligence (AI) is already permeating modern life. As of 2017, deep learning algorithms power our phones’ voice-assistants, recommend the latest movies, and optimise our bike ride to work. AI has been heralded as the new electricity, soon to be found in almost every piece of technology we produce. To the man who has been described as “the father of modern AI”, this is merely the beginning. Although the artificial neural networks of Jürgen Schmidhuber’s team are now in 3 billion smartphones, he considers our current state of AI technology to be in the early stages of infancy. Whereas today’s seemingly smart algorithms are geared towards singular purposes – playing chess, matching love-hungry 30-somethings, or finding appropriate music for cooking – Jürgen’s goal has always been to create a general-purpose AI within his lifetime. His entire career has been dedicated to developing a software that would outsmart him, and though he readily admits that, as of now, the best general-purpose AI is only comparable to the intelligence of an infant animal, he is convinced that it will not be long before we develop systems that are far superior to us. At Falling Walls, Jürgen lays out the state of the art in his field of research and shares his vision of a future in which humans are no longer the crown of creation.

The universe seems incredibly complex. But could its rules be dead simple? Juergen Schmidhuber's fascinating story will convince you that this universe and your own life are just by-products of a very simple and fast program computing all logically possible universes.

Juergen Schmidhuber is Director of the Swiss Artificial Intelligence Lab IDSIA (since 1995), Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Lugano, Switzerland (since 2009), and Professor SUPSI (since 2003).
He helped to transform IDSIA into one of the world's top ten AI labs (the smallest!), according to the ranking of Business Week Magazine. His group pioneered the field of mathematically optimal universal AI and universal problem solvers. The algorithms developed in his lab won seven first prizes in international pattern recognition competitions, as well as several best paper awards.
Since 1990 he has developed a formal theory of fun and curiosity and creativity to build artificial scientists and artists. He also generalized the many-worlds theory of physics to a theory of all constructively computable universes - an algorithmic theory of everything.
He has published nearly 300 peer-reviewed scientific works on topics such as machine learning, artificial recurrent neural networks, fast deep neural nets, adaptive robotics, algorithmic information and complexity theory, digital physics, the formal theory of beauty & humor, and the fine arts.
In 2008 he was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Schmidhuber's overview web site http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/computeruniverse.html on the simplest explanation of the universe, with his publications on all computable universes since 1996.

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