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Anthony Breedlove 2019-11-09
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Those denied entry include Tẹjúmádé Àfọ njá, co-organizer of the NeurIPS Machine Learning for the Developing World workshop.

The conference is scheduled to be held December 8-14 in Vancouver, Canada.

On Tuesday, Black in AI cofounder and Google AI researcher Timnit Gebru said 15 of 44 attendees planning to join the event’s December 9 workshop were denied entry.

This year, so far, 15 out of 44 people to attend @black_in_ai workshop at @NeurIPSConf (which is still in Canada) have been denied visas.

We had all this press last year, they were supposed to help us this year.

In response to last year’s visa situation, organizers of the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), including well-known Canadian researcher Yoshua Bengio, moved ICLR 2020 to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Michael Morehead 2019-01-02
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Currently a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto and a part of the Google Brain project, Hinton is considered by many in his field to be the ‘godfather of deep learning,’ due to his pioneering work in artificial neural networks.

GEOFFREY HINTON: If you can dramatically increase productivity and make more goodies to go around, that should be a good thing.

Whether or not it turns out to be a good thing depends entirely on the social system, and doesn’t depend at all on the technology.

The problem is in the social systems, and whether we’re going to have a social system that shares fairly, or one that focuses all the improvement on the 1% and treats the rest of the people like dirt.

I certainly agree that there’s a lot of work to be done in making sure that AI benefits everybody.

GEOFFREY HINTON: Yes, I’m concerned by some of the things that President Putin has said recently.

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Billy Mark 2019-04-12
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Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has cited that China is leading in the race of publishing AI research papers, both high-impact, and beginner level papers.

It is estimated from the data collected that China is likely to publish more top papers by 2020 as compared to the US.Source : Guide to the Latest Developments in Artificial IntelligenceThe advent of the intelligent technologies will create a fission of information related to it.

We have created a few points to sum up highlights from the latest developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence.Business executives are embracing the AI tech regardless of concerns and confusions.According to research by Celonis on the application of AI by businesses, it has been deciphered that 73% of senior executives want to increase investment in  machine learning and automation technology, while the rest 33% plan to get an insight into the understanding of their business functioning so that they could pick the technologies suitable for their businesses.Further to this, about 90% of IT leaders profess that AI/ML use will increase in the future and almost 41% pick up technologies that are AI-powered.

The top concerns with regards to using AI tech are Data security, AI and MI implementation and driving innovation/incorporating new tech.Businesses across the technology spectrum are speculating whether machines will take over most of the jobs performed by humans and also ask for regulation of the number of jobs businesses can replace with automatons.Investors are succumbing or acting irrationally to the increasing forecasts backed by millions and billions of dollars of AI research.

The wave of machines performing menial and bigger computational tasks is shadowing the input-output hardware and software businesses.

This year’s Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs has been bagged by the trio of Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun who have pioneered breakthroughs in deep neural networks.

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Carlos Edelstein 2017-07-27
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Above: The Element AI executive team (top left to bottom right): Jeremy Barnes (Chief Architect), Gabriel Duford (SVP Dev & Tech), Nicolas Chapados (CSO), Philippe Beaudoin (SVP Research), Jean-Francois Gagne (CEO), Anne Martel (SVP Operations), Yoshua Bengio (Board Member, Co-Founder), JS Cournoyer (Board Member, Co-Founder)

Element AI made a massive splash last month when the company announced it had raised $102 million in a series A funding round — one of the largest of any AI company to date.

In the month after the funding announcement, Element AI received 150 qualified applications to join its network of partner startups, 200 inquiries from potential customers, and 1,500 resumés.

During that time, the company created roughly 50 sales proposals for how it could help those customer applicants.

CEO Jean-François Gagné recently finished a trip to France, where he met with 10 of the country’s 40 biggest companies.

All of those meetings led to sales proposals, he said in a recent interview with VentureBeat.

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Trisha Lewis 2019-04-03
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Amazon's facial recognition tech is again under fire.

Several AI experts on Wednesday drew attention to a movement calling for Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software, dubbed Rekognition, to the law enforcement.

So far, 27 researchers have signed an open letter published March 26 criticizing Amazon for overlooking other researchers' studies into its Rekognition software.

The group is also demanding that Amazon halt sales of the software to police.

The signees included scientists from universities, Google and Facebook, as well as AI scientists like Yoshua Bengio, winner of the prestigious 2018 Turing Award.

"We hope that the company will instead thoroughly examine all of its products and question whether they should currently be used by police," wrote the researchers in the letter.

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Kyle Greathouse 2017-12-06
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Montreal-based Botler.ai today announced that it will launch a new service to help victims of sexual harassment determine whether they have been violated and whether what happened to them fits U.S. or Canadian criminal code.

As people navigate the ramifications of the Harvey Weinstein abuse allegations and the MeToo movement — with women sharing tales of sexual harassment and worse — a recurring theme is that what’s happening to celebrity actresses is also happening to everyday people across society.

Though Dutt second-guessed herself following the harrassment and felt unsure at times whether what had happened to her constituted a crime, she said her doubts lifted when she checked the relevant legal code.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 75 percent of sexual harassment incidents in the workplace go unreported, and the majority of individuals who report incidents experience retaliation of some kind.

The NLP was created using court documents from 300,000 court cases in Canada and the United States, Dutt said.

While many forms of AI focus on predictions or interpreting intent, Botler’s new conversational AI focuses on giving its users an understanding of whether what they experienced was a violation of U.S. criminal code or Canadian law.

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Steven Restivo 2019-06-10
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The deal is the first of several planned AI partnerships

HSBC has signed up Canadian software company Element AI after a five-month hunt for an Artificial Intelligence partner, amid an ongoing drive to deliver new products powered by insights from a newly collated data lake.

The agreement is the first of several the bank anticipates announcing in coming months.

Element AI is a AI software company co-founded in Montréal in 2016 by entrepreneur JF Gagné and Professor Yoshua Bengio, PhD; a joint winner of the 2018 ACM Turing Award for his longstanding work on deep learning.

HSBC is building an AI-powered Client Intelligence Utility (CIU) built on 10 petabytes of corporate and institutional client data from 1.6 million clients.

The utility will be underpinned by the largest aggregation of corporate and institutional client data HSBC has ever put together: 22,000+ physical tables of information.

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Jeremy Green 2019-04-04

Yoshua Bengio, who last month won the prestigious Turing award, alongside Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun, for his work on AI, is worried about what the technology is being made into behind closed doors.

A professor at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, his main concern is not a particular nightmare scenario but simply that AI is being pursued by people who have few controls in place.

“It’s happening in military labs, in security organizations, in private companies providing services to governments or the police.”

This we have certainly seen, with all the major tech companies in one way or another providing or considering government and military work, from the benign to the clearly conflict-oriented.

“Killer drones are a big concern,” Bengio said bluntly.

It may be that AI being researched in this way could save or better many lives — but how can we know unless that research is performed in the open?

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Lamont Shaw 2016-11-21
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Google announced today that it will extend funding for AI research at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms MILA .

The company will invest a total of CAN$4.5 million, or about US$3.4 million, to fund seven faculty members across the institute, as well as MILA faculty at the University of Montreal and McGill University.

That funding will also continue to support Yoshua Bengio, one of the few deep-learning experts currently working.

There's no doubt that Google is hoping to expand its AI and deep-learning expertise by investing in folks like Benigo.

Google also announced it will be opening up a deep-learning and AI research group at its offices in Montreal.

The group is linked to the Google Brain team, which already works to bring AI technology across the company, and it will be headed by another deep-learning expert, Hugo Larochelle.

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Dennis Masters 2019-03-27
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Three pioneers in AI — University of Toronto faculty member and Google Brain researcher Geoffrey Hinton, Facebook chief AI scientist and NYU professor Yann LeCun, and Element AI founder and University of Montreal professor Yoshua Bengio — were honored this morning with the Turing Award, an annual prize the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has since 1966 given to individuals who’ve made contributions “of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field.” The three will share in this year’s award, along with its accompanying $1 million prize, which is furnished in part by Google.

“Artificial intelligence is now one of the fastest-growing areas in all of science and one of the most talked-about topics in society,” said ACM president Cherri M. Pancake in a statement.

“The growth of and interest in AI is due, in no small part, to the recent advances in deep learning for which Bengio, Hinton, and LeCun laid the foundation.

Anyone who has a smartphone in their pocket can tangibly experience advances in natural language processing and computer vision that were not possible just 10 years ago.

In addition to the products we use every day, new advances in deep learning have given scientists powerful new tools — in areas ranging from medicine to astronomy to materials science.”

Hinton, who has spent the past 30 years tackling a few of AI’s biggest challenges, has been referred to by some as the “Godfather of AI.” In addition to his seminal work in neural networks — layers of mathematical functions modeled after biological neurons — he has authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed publications in machine learning, perception, memory, and symbol processing, including a 1986 paper (“Learning Representations by Back-propagating Errors”) on a machine learning technique called backpropagation.

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Carl Fox 2017-06-14
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Above: The Element AI executive team (top left to bottom right): Jeremy Barnes (Chief Architect), Gabriel Duford (SVP Dev), Nicolas Chapados (CSO), Philippe Beaudoin (SVP Research), Jean-Francois Gagne (CEO), Anne Martel (SVP Operations), Yoshua Bengio (Board Member, Co-Founder), JS Cournoyer (Board Member, Co-Founder)

Element AI, a Montreal-based studio that tackles problems using machine learning systems, announced a whopping $102 million in funding today.

Data Collective led the round, which is one of the largest series A rounds for an AI company to date.

The big check offers a massive war chest to Element, which connects businesses with machine learning experts who work to solve any problems they may have.

Contributors to the round span a variety of sources, including Real Ventures, Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Intel Capital, Microsoft Ventures, National Bank of Canada, NVIDIA, and a wide range of sovereign wealth funds.

Thanks to the new funds, Element AI will be able to expand its physical footprint.

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Richard Skaggs 2016-10-26
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Yoshua Bengio, one of the leading figures behind the rise of deep learning, is launching a Silicon Valley-style startup incubator dedicated to this enormously influential form of artificial intelligence.

The incubator, Element AI, will help build companies from AI research that emerges from the University of Montreal, where Bengio is a professor, and nearby McGill University, and he says this is just part of his efforts to develop an AI ecosystem in Montreal.

Bengio says the Canadian city offers the biggest concentration in the world of academic researchers exploring deep learning, the breed of AI that now plays such an important role inside the likes of Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

Last week, Microsoft researchers unveiled a computing system that recognizes conversational speech as accurately as humans do.

This research carries caveats, but it underscores how much deep learning has accelerated AI in the last five years.

Using deep neural networks—networks of hardware and software that learn by analyzing vast amounts of data—several tech giants have pushed speech recognition to human-like levels, including Google, IBM, and Baidu.

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expertdigi world 2020-04-17
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 Data Scientist Courses generally describe giant volumes of information.

The Data Engineering on Google Cloud Platform Specialization is designed for knowledge professionals who are chargeable for designing, constructing, analyzing, and optimizing huge knowledge solutions.

Launch a brand new Knowledge Engineering career by studying how you can help organizations handle massive knowledge units and overcome data disconnects.5) The biggest advantage concerned in going for data science coaching is that the gain just isn't solely fast; it has enormous long-time period advantages.

The price of information scientists doesn't look as if it would shortly fade within the close to future.

As an alternative, plainly their price will keep on rising within the years ahead.

Although there isn't an official textbook for the specialization, I'd highly suggest the new Data Scientist Courses ” by three consultants in the field - Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, and Aaron Courville.Rogers' various work experience over the last twenty 5 years is a first-rate instance of the amalgam of abilities and expertise that would be the hallmark of successful business leaders in the years to come back.

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Ronald Evans 2019-03-20
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Element AI, a company cofounded more than two years ago by deep learning expert Yoshua Bengio, is rolling out its first publicly available products for enterprise customers today.

The AI Enablement Tools and Insight Libraries help automate document reading and processing for various industries using computer vision, optical character recognition (OCR), and other techniques.

Element AI products will be used to do things like enable port workers to make predictions about operations, help workers answer questions about internal operations using natural language, and assist cybersecurity analysts at the National Bank of Canada in the assessment and prioritization of potential threats to its online systems.

Element intends to create both systems that can be tailored to assist with decision-making processes in specific industries but also generic AI that works out of the box for people across several industries.

AI for transportation and logistics workers are in the pipeline.

High level learnings from use of Element AI’s tools are shared across tools and industries, so that systems made for an insurance underwriter to automate document processing can be used for banks processing loans or in other industries.

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Jeff Lusk 2016-11-24

Fei-Fei Li, a respected computer scientist, wrote in a Facebook post that she joined Google partly to democratize AI.

She joined several other top professors who have left academia in recent years for tech industry posts.

The share of newly minted U.S. computer-science Ph.D.s taking industry jobs has risen to 57% from 38% over the last decade, according to data from the National Science Foundation.

Such moves could have a long-term impact on the number of graduates available for teaching positions because it takes three to five years to earn a doctorate in computer science.

The squeeze is especially tight in deep learning, an AI technique that has played a crucial role in moneymaking services like online image search, language translation and ad placement, said Yoshua Bengio, director of the University of Montreal s Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms.

The tech giants offer perks that few universities can match, including steady funding, immense data sets and computing power, and the thrill of creating products that touch millions of people.

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Rosalie Bishop 2016-11-21
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Google is announcing today that it s setting up a deep learning and artificial intelligence AI research unit in its office in Montreal and giving $3.37 million in grant money to deep learning luminary Yoshua Bengio and seven other people associated with the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms MILA .Bengio himself has previously received backing from Google, and from other companies as well — namely, IBM, Samsung, and Intel.

But the new grant is bigger than any of the other funding we ve received from private companies up until now, he said during an interview with VentureBeat.Bengio will not be formally allying himself with Google proper, because he wants to stay independent.

That s who I am, he said, that s the choice I made that fits with my values, and I don t need to get the millions, I m fine.

My salary is very good, and I care more about how what I can do could have a positive impact for science, humanity, and for training the next generation of researchers .

Google s move to build a bigger AI presence and more closely ally with MILA, which has a presence at the University of Montreal and McGill University — mostly at the former — comes as other big technology companies take steps to enhance their products with deep learning.

The approach typically involves training artificial neural networks on lots of data, such as photos, and then getting them to make inferences about new data.

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Anthony Breedlove 2019-11-09
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Those denied entry include Tẹjúmádé Àfọ njá, co-organizer of the NeurIPS Machine Learning for the Developing World workshop.

The conference is scheduled to be held December 8-14 in Vancouver, Canada.

On Tuesday, Black in AI cofounder and Google AI researcher Timnit Gebru said 15 of 44 attendees planning to join the event’s December 9 workshop were denied entry.

This year, so far, 15 out of 44 people to attend @black_in_ai workshop at @NeurIPSConf (which is still in Canada) have been denied visas.

We had all this press last year, they were supposed to help us this year.

In response to last year’s visa situation, organizers of the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), including well-known Canadian researcher Yoshua Bengio, moved ICLR 2020 to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Billy Mark 2019-04-12
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Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has cited that China is leading in the race of publishing AI research papers, both high-impact, and beginner level papers.

It is estimated from the data collected that China is likely to publish more top papers by 2020 as compared to the US.Source : Guide to the Latest Developments in Artificial IntelligenceThe advent of the intelligent technologies will create a fission of information related to it.

We have created a few points to sum up highlights from the latest developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence.Business executives are embracing the AI tech regardless of concerns and confusions.According to research by Celonis on the application of AI by businesses, it has been deciphered that 73% of senior executives want to increase investment in  machine learning and automation technology, while the rest 33% plan to get an insight into the understanding of their business functioning so that they could pick the technologies suitable for their businesses.Further to this, about 90% of IT leaders profess that AI/ML use will increase in the future and almost 41% pick up technologies that are AI-powered.

The top concerns with regards to using AI tech are Data security, AI and MI implementation and driving innovation/incorporating new tech.Businesses across the technology spectrum are speculating whether machines will take over most of the jobs performed by humans and also ask for regulation of the number of jobs businesses can replace with automatons.Investors are succumbing or acting irrationally to the increasing forecasts backed by millions and billions of dollars of AI research.

The wave of machines performing menial and bigger computational tasks is shadowing the input-output hardware and software businesses.

This year’s Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs has been bagged by the trio of Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun who have pioneered breakthroughs in deep neural networks.

Trisha Lewis 2019-04-03
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Amazon's facial recognition tech is again under fire.

Several AI experts on Wednesday drew attention to a movement calling for Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software, dubbed Rekognition, to the law enforcement.

So far, 27 researchers have signed an open letter published March 26 criticizing Amazon for overlooking other researchers' studies into its Rekognition software.

The group is also demanding that Amazon halt sales of the software to police.

The signees included scientists from universities, Google and Facebook, as well as AI scientists like Yoshua Bengio, winner of the prestigious 2018 Turing Award.

"We hope that the company will instead thoroughly examine all of its products and question whether they should currently be used by police," wrote the researchers in the letter.

Steven Restivo 2019-06-10
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The deal is the first of several planned AI partnerships

HSBC has signed up Canadian software company Element AI after a five-month hunt for an Artificial Intelligence partner, amid an ongoing drive to deliver new products powered by insights from a newly collated data lake.

The agreement is the first of several the bank anticipates announcing in coming months.

Element AI is a AI software company co-founded in Montréal in 2016 by entrepreneur JF Gagné and Professor Yoshua Bengio, PhD; a joint winner of the 2018 ACM Turing Award for his longstanding work on deep learning.

HSBC is building an AI-powered Client Intelligence Utility (CIU) built on 10 petabytes of corporate and institutional client data from 1.6 million clients.

The utility will be underpinned by the largest aggregation of corporate and institutional client data HSBC has ever put together: 22,000+ physical tables of information.

Lamont Shaw 2016-11-21
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Google announced today that it will extend funding for AI research at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms MILA .

The company will invest a total of CAN$4.5 million, or about US$3.4 million, to fund seven faculty members across the institute, as well as MILA faculty at the University of Montreal and McGill University.

That funding will also continue to support Yoshua Bengio, one of the few deep-learning experts currently working.

There's no doubt that Google is hoping to expand its AI and deep-learning expertise by investing in folks like Benigo.

Google also announced it will be opening up a deep-learning and AI research group at its offices in Montreal.

The group is linked to the Google Brain team, which already works to bring AI technology across the company, and it will be headed by another deep-learning expert, Hugo Larochelle.

Carl Fox 2017-06-14
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Above: The Element AI executive team (top left to bottom right): Jeremy Barnes (Chief Architect), Gabriel Duford (SVP Dev), Nicolas Chapados (CSO), Philippe Beaudoin (SVP Research), Jean-Francois Gagne (CEO), Anne Martel (SVP Operations), Yoshua Bengio (Board Member, Co-Founder), JS Cournoyer (Board Member, Co-Founder)

Element AI, a Montreal-based studio that tackles problems using machine learning systems, announced a whopping $102 million in funding today.

Data Collective led the round, which is one of the largest series A rounds for an AI company to date.

The big check offers a massive war chest to Element, which connects businesses with machine learning experts who work to solve any problems they may have.

Contributors to the round span a variety of sources, including Real Ventures, Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Intel Capital, Microsoft Ventures, National Bank of Canada, NVIDIA, and a wide range of sovereign wealth funds.

Thanks to the new funds, Element AI will be able to expand its physical footprint.

expertdigi world 2020-04-17
img

 Data Scientist Courses generally describe giant volumes of information.

The Data Engineering on Google Cloud Platform Specialization is designed for knowledge professionals who are chargeable for designing, constructing, analyzing, and optimizing huge knowledge solutions.

Launch a brand new Knowledge Engineering career by studying how you can help organizations handle massive knowledge units and overcome data disconnects.5) The biggest advantage concerned in going for data science coaching is that the gain just isn't solely fast; it has enormous long-time period advantages.

The price of information scientists doesn't look as if it would shortly fade within the close to future.

As an alternative, plainly their price will keep on rising within the years ahead.

Although there isn't an official textbook for the specialization, I'd highly suggest the new Data Scientist Courses ” by three consultants in the field - Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, and Aaron Courville.Rogers' various work experience over the last twenty 5 years is a first-rate instance of the amalgam of abilities and expertise that would be the hallmark of successful business leaders in the years to come back.

Jeff Lusk 2016-11-24

Fei-Fei Li, a respected computer scientist, wrote in a Facebook post that she joined Google partly to democratize AI.

She joined several other top professors who have left academia in recent years for tech industry posts.

The share of newly minted U.S. computer-science Ph.D.s taking industry jobs has risen to 57% from 38% over the last decade, according to data from the National Science Foundation.

Such moves could have a long-term impact on the number of graduates available for teaching positions because it takes three to five years to earn a doctorate in computer science.

The squeeze is especially tight in deep learning, an AI technique that has played a crucial role in moneymaking services like online image search, language translation and ad placement, said Yoshua Bengio, director of the University of Montreal s Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms.

The tech giants offer perks that few universities can match, including steady funding, immense data sets and computing power, and the thrill of creating products that touch millions of people.

Michael Morehead 2019-01-02
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Currently a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto and a part of the Google Brain project, Hinton is considered by many in his field to be the ‘godfather of deep learning,’ due to his pioneering work in artificial neural networks.

GEOFFREY HINTON: If you can dramatically increase productivity and make more goodies to go around, that should be a good thing.

Whether or not it turns out to be a good thing depends entirely on the social system, and doesn’t depend at all on the technology.

The problem is in the social systems, and whether we’re going to have a social system that shares fairly, or one that focuses all the improvement on the 1% and treats the rest of the people like dirt.

I certainly agree that there’s a lot of work to be done in making sure that AI benefits everybody.

GEOFFREY HINTON: Yes, I’m concerned by some of the things that President Putin has said recently.

Carlos Edelstein 2017-07-27
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Above: The Element AI executive team (top left to bottom right): Jeremy Barnes (Chief Architect), Gabriel Duford (SVP Dev & Tech), Nicolas Chapados (CSO), Philippe Beaudoin (SVP Research), Jean-Francois Gagne (CEO), Anne Martel (SVP Operations), Yoshua Bengio (Board Member, Co-Founder), JS Cournoyer (Board Member, Co-Founder)

Element AI made a massive splash last month when the company announced it had raised $102 million in a series A funding round — one of the largest of any AI company to date.

In the month after the funding announcement, Element AI received 150 qualified applications to join its network of partner startups, 200 inquiries from potential customers, and 1,500 resumés.

During that time, the company created roughly 50 sales proposals for how it could help those customer applicants.

CEO Jean-François Gagné recently finished a trip to France, where he met with 10 of the country’s 40 biggest companies.

All of those meetings led to sales proposals, he said in a recent interview with VentureBeat.

Kyle Greathouse 2017-12-06
img

Montreal-based Botler.ai today announced that it will launch a new service to help victims of sexual harassment determine whether they have been violated and whether what happened to them fits U.S. or Canadian criminal code.

As people navigate the ramifications of the Harvey Weinstein abuse allegations and the MeToo movement — with women sharing tales of sexual harassment and worse — a recurring theme is that what’s happening to celebrity actresses is also happening to everyday people across society.

Though Dutt second-guessed herself following the harrassment and felt unsure at times whether what had happened to her constituted a crime, she said her doubts lifted when she checked the relevant legal code.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 75 percent of sexual harassment incidents in the workplace go unreported, and the majority of individuals who report incidents experience retaliation of some kind.

The NLP was created using court documents from 300,000 court cases in Canada and the United States, Dutt said.

While many forms of AI focus on predictions or interpreting intent, Botler’s new conversational AI focuses on giving its users an understanding of whether what they experienced was a violation of U.S. criminal code or Canadian law.

Jeremy Green 2019-04-04

Yoshua Bengio, who last month won the prestigious Turing award, alongside Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun, for his work on AI, is worried about what the technology is being made into behind closed doors.

A professor at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, his main concern is not a particular nightmare scenario but simply that AI is being pursued by people who have few controls in place.

“It’s happening in military labs, in security organizations, in private companies providing services to governments or the police.”

This we have certainly seen, with all the major tech companies in one way or another providing or considering government and military work, from the benign to the clearly conflict-oriented.

“Killer drones are a big concern,” Bengio said bluntly.

It may be that AI being researched in this way could save or better many lives — but how can we know unless that research is performed in the open?

Dennis Masters 2019-03-27
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Three pioneers in AI — University of Toronto faculty member and Google Brain researcher Geoffrey Hinton, Facebook chief AI scientist and NYU professor Yann LeCun, and Element AI founder and University of Montreal professor Yoshua Bengio — were honored this morning with the Turing Award, an annual prize the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has since 1966 given to individuals who’ve made contributions “of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field.” The three will share in this year’s award, along with its accompanying $1 million prize, which is furnished in part by Google.

“Artificial intelligence is now one of the fastest-growing areas in all of science and one of the most talked-about topics in society,” said ACM president Cherri M. Pancake in a statement.

“The growth of and interest in AI is due, in no small part, to the recent advances in deep learning for which Bengio, Hinton, and LeCun laid the foundation.

Anyone who has a smartphone in their pocket can tangibly experience advances in natural language processing and computer vision that were not possible just 10 years ago.

In addition to the products we use every day, new advances in deep learning have given scientists powerful new tools — in areas ranging from medicine to astronomy to materials science.”

Hinton, who has spent the past 30 years tackling a few of AI’s biggest challenges, has been referred to by some as the “Godfather of AI.” In addition to his seminal work in neural networks — layers of mathematical functions modeled after biological neurons — he has authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed publications in machine learning, perception, memory, and symbol processing, including a 1986 paper (“Learning Representations by Back-propagating Errors”) on a machine learning technique called backpropagation.

Richard Skaggs 2016-10-26
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Yoshua Bengio, one of the leading figures behind the rise of deep learning, is launching a Silicon Valley-style startup incubator dedicated to this enormously influential form of artificial intelligence.

The incubator, Element AI, will help build companies from AI research that emerges from the University of Montreal, where Bengio is a professor, and nearby McGill University, and he says this is just part of his efforts to develop an AI ecosystem in Montreal.

Bengio says the Canadian city offers the biggest concentration in the world of academic researchers exploring deep learning, the breed of AI that now plays such an important role inside the likes of Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

Last week, Microsoft researchers unveiled a computing system that recognizes conversational speech as accurately as humans do.

This research carries caveats, but it underscores how much deep learning has accelerated AI in the last five years.

Using deep neural networks—networks of hardware and software that learn by analyzing vast amounts of data—several tech giants have pushed speech recognition to human-like levels, including Google, IBM, and Baidu.

Ronald Evans 2019-03-20
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Element AI, a company cofounded more than two years ago by deep learning expert Yoshua Bengio, is rolling out its first publicly available products for enterprise customers today.

The AI Enablement Tools and Insight Libraries help automate document reading and processing for various industries using computer vision, optical character recognition (OCR), and other techniques.

Element AI products will be used to do things like enable port workers to make predictions about operations, help workers answer questions about internal operations using natural language, and assist cybersecurity analysts at the National Bank of Canada in the assessment and prioritization of potential threats to its online systems.

Element intends to create both systems that can be tailored to assist with decision-making processes in specific industries but also generic AI that works out of the box for people across several industries.

AI for transportation and logistics workers are in the pipeline.

High level learnings from use of Element AI’s tools are shared across tools and industries, so that systems made for an insurance underwriter to automate document processing can be used for banks processing loans or in other industries.

Rosalie Bishop 2016-11-21
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Google is announcing today that it s setting up a deep learning and artificial intelligence AI research unit in its office in Montreal and giving $3.37 million in grant money to deep learning luminary Yoshua Bengio and seven other people associated with the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms MILA .Bengio himself has previously received backing from Google, and from other companies as well — namely, IBM, Samsung, and Intel.

But the new grant is bigger than any of the other funding we ve received from private companies up until now, he said during an interview with VentureBeat.Bengio will not be formally allying himself with Google proper, because he wants to stay independent.

That s who I am, he said, that s the choice I made that fits with my values, and I don t need to get the millions, I m fine.

My salary is very good, and I care more about how what I can do could have a positive impact for science, humanity, and for training the next generation of researchers .

Google s move to build a bigger AI presence and more closely ally with MILA, which has a presence at the University of Montreal and McGill University — mostly at the former — comes as other big technology companies take steps to enhance their products with deep learning.

The approach typically involves training artificial neural networks on lots of data, such as photos, and then getting them to make inferences about new data.