the god­fA­ther of Ai is A toron­to­niAn

Toronto Life - - This City -

the mas­ter­minds in charge of AI re­search at Ap­ple and Face­book have one thing in com­mon: they stud­ied un­der U of T pro­fes­sor Ge­of­frey Hin­ton, a.k.a. the God­fa­ther of Ma­chine Learn­ing. He’s the guy who de­vel­oped neu­ral net­works that al­low com­put­ers to mimic a brain and learn like a hu­man. Now, Hin­ton is help­ing make sure his fu­ture stu­dents don’t have to flee to the States to do pi­o­neer­ing work. He’s in charge of the Vec­tor In­sti­tute, a U of T–af­fil­i­ated or­ga­ni­za­tion that will ap­ply AI to a range of fields, in­clud­ing fi­nance, con­struc­tion and health care. Vec­tor has snagged $100 mil­lion in govern­ment fund­ing, plus an­other $80 mil­lion from com­pa­nies like Google, Uber and Air Canada. Vec­tor’s ex­is­tence is the rea­son Google and Uber have cre­ated AI labs in Toronto— the in­sti­tute only ac­cepted in­ter­na­tional fund­ing if its in­vestors set up shop north of the bor­der.

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