AI towards cosmos

AI now building ways towards the cosmos, says AI pioneer Jurgen Schmidhuber


Prominent Computer Scientist Jurgen Schmidhuber, who has tremendously contributed to the field of Artificial Intelligence, aims at paving a path towards space. Being a co-director of the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research and co-founder of NNAISENSE, he is a founding father of AI to his followers.

His most profound contribution to AI is “Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM)”, which is designed in such a way that it learns from the experience to translating languages, controlling robots, predict diseases and also composing music.

Elaborating about the same, Schmidhuber, in a statement, said: “General-purpose intelligence goes beyond what you can do with supervised learning, through LSTM. The current commercial focus is on supervised learning – for example, you train the LSTM to do speech recognition, or translation from one language to another, by showing it lots of human-created examples.”

It Took Years for LSTM to Gain Recognition

Initially, LSTM took a lot of time to achieve commercial success. Schmidhuber and one of his students Sepp Hochreiter, in 1997, proposed a paper that published this concept but was rejected by MIT. But, eventually, it gained recognition.

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And now LSTM is being used by five of the world’s most renowned companies like Facebook for automatic translations, Apple for improving Siri’s word recommendations, Amazon for converting letters into sounds in Alexa, Google for creating automatic email response suggestions, and Microsoft for creating a speech recognition system.

Leading towards Cosmos

Schmidubher profoundly believes that AI will make the entire cosmos intelligent, which would be a mystical moment for the entire human clan.

He said, “We are now like stepping stones on the way of the cosmos towards higher complexity. It looks like soon we’ll build true AIs that set themselves their own goals – like they already do in my lab – learning to become much more general problem solvers than humans.”

Envisioning about how AI will evolve the entire universe, he said:

“What will they do? Most will immigrate into space, because that’s where almost all of the physical resources are, and within a few tens of billions of years colonize and transform not only the solar system and the Milky Way but the entire universe in a way infeasible for humans. So humans are not going to remain the crown of creation. But at the moment we are still very important because we still can mess it all up, by destroying civilization through a nuclear war or something.”

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