To launch Convergence08, we will hear a debate on AI very different: not to create an AI, nor which technical path will work the fastest, but how can we use AI technology to build the world in which we want to live? Four AI experts compete and we join everyone!
Peter Norvig is a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery. At Google, he was director of research quality, responsible for leading web search algorithms from 2002 to 2005, and director of research since 2005. Previously, he was chief of the computer science division at the research center of the NASA Ames, becoming the IT manager of NASA. He received the NASA Award of Excellence in 2001. He was a research faculty member of the Computer Department of the University of Berkeley, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1986 and the alumni award in 2006. He has more than fifty computer publications, devoted to artificial intelligence, natural language processing and software engineering, including the book Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach ( the reference manual in this area). He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint presentation and the longest palindromic phrase in the world.
Steve Omohundro has had a broad career as a scientist, university professor, author, software architect and entrepreneur. He received a doctorate in physics from UC Berkeley, and published his theory of geometric perturbation physics based on his thesis. At Thinking Machines, he co-developed Star Lisp, the programming language for the Massively Parallel Connection Machine. He was a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Champaign / Urbana, where he co-founded the Center for Complex Systems Research. He wrote the three-dimensional graphical part of Wolfram Research's Mathematica program among the seven original developers. At the Berkeley International Institute of Computer Science, he led an international team in charge of developing the Sather object-oriented programming language. He has also developed various innovative neural network techniques and machine learning algorithms, as well as systems designed to read lips, control robots and learn grammars. He is the founder and president of Self-Aware Systems, created to develop a new type of software that is programmed.
Ben Goertzel is the founder, CSO, and CEO of Novamente, a software company dedicated to creating applications in the field of natural language question response. and research director at the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, overseeing the Open Cognition Project. He has published more than 70 publications on cognitive science and artificial intelligence, including Chaotic Logic, Creating Internet Intelligence, Artificial General Intelligence (edited with Cassio Pennachin) and The Hidden Pattern. He also oversees Biomind, an AI and bioinformatics company that licenses bioinformatic data analysis software to the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and to CDC. Ben holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Temple University and has held several academic positions in mathematics, computer science and psychology in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.
Barney Pell is founder of Powerset and research and evangelist strategist at Microsoft. For more than 15 years, he has pursued breakthrough technical and commercial innovations in artificial intelligence as a researcher, research director, business strategist and entrepreneur. He spent 2005 as a contractor-in-residence in Mayfield, where he evaluated IT and know-how-based companies. Prior to joining Mayfield, he worked for NASA's Ames Research Center twice: from 1993 to 1998, as project manager for the leadership component of the award-winning Remote Agent Experiment; and from 2002 to 2005 as Area Lead responsible for research on intelligent agents, software architecture, human-centric computing, research, collaborative knowledge management, business intelligence, and business intelligence. distributed databases, spoken dialogue systems and the Semantic Web. Barney holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.