The Report on Business Magazine's “Power 50” list of the most influential Canadians to watch includes Professor Geoffrey Hinton. Hinton and Professor Ajay Agrawal, founder of the Rotman School of Management's Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), share a spot on the list with the likes of Drake and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Some call him the godfather of AI, others its elder statesman. Artificial intelligence is the hottest technology emerging today, and Hinton – professor emeritus at University of Toronto and engineering fellow at Google – is its biggest star,” the magazine states.
Hinton is also the chief scientific adviser of the newly created Vector Institute, which is hoping to build on the expertise of the deep-learning team at U of T and become a global leader in the booming field of artificial intelligence.
The list nods to Hinton's influence in AI where computers get better at pattern recognition, promising “significant advances in everything from self-driving cars to medical diagnoses.” And, it mentions his influence in training new leaders in AI like Ilya Sutskever, research director at Elon Musk-funded OpenAI, who is a former student; Ruslan Salakhutdinov, AI research head at Apple who was also a former student; and Yann LeCun, director of AI at Facebook, who did post-doctoral work under Hinton.
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