Universite de Montreal Prof Wins $100K Killam Prize for AI Research

The Canada Council named the Universite de Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio one of this year’s recipients of the $100,000 Killam Prize for his work on artificial intelligence (AI). Bengio founded the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms and is a co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, as well as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Bengio said AI has passed a threshold in terms of use, having transitioned from academic research to industrial applications and self-driving cars. He is concerned about its potential for misuse, and aims to use his growing prominence in scientific circles to advise against such scenarios. Said Bengio, “It’s going to take individual and collective wisdom—governments stepping in to establish social norms and frameworks—to make sure the technology is used for good.”

More info here: Montreal Gazette (Canada), T’Cha Dunlevy

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