A.I. Pioneer Wins Turing Award
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Judea Pearl winner of the 2011 Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science. Pearl, a Professor at UCLA, developed two branches of calculus that paved the way for modern artificial intelligence.
Pearl told US News & World Report, “I think the voice recognition systems that we constantly use, as much as we hate them, are miraculous. They’re not flawless, but what we have shows it’s feasible and could one day be flawless. There’s the chess-playing machine we take for granted. A computer can beat any human chess player. Every success of AI becomes mundane and is removed from AI research. It becomes routine in your job, like a calculator that performs arithmetic, winning in chess—it’s no longer intelligence.” Read more.