It’s long ago, approx. 30 years, since AI was not only a topic for Science-Fiction writers, but also a major research field surrounded with huge hopes and investments. But the over-inflated expectations ended in a subsequent crash and followed by a period of absent funding and interest – the so-called AI winter. However, the last 3 years changed everything – again. Deep learning, a machine learning technique inspired by the human brain, successfully crushed one benchmark after another and tech companies, like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, started to invest billions in AI research. “The pace of progress in artificial general intelligence is incredible fast” (Elon Musk – CEO Tesla & SpaceX) leading to an AI that “would be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity” (Stephen Hawking – Physicist).
What sparked this new Hype? How is Deep Learning different from previous approaches? Are the advancing AI technologies really a threat for humanity? Let’s look behind the curtain and unravel the reality. This talk will explore why Sundar Pichai (CEO Google) recently announced that “machine learning is a core transformative way by which Google is rethinking everything they are doing” and explain why "Deep Learning is probably one of the most exciting things that is happening in the computer industry” (Jen-Hsun Huang – CEO NVIDIA).
Either a new AI “winter is coming” (Ned Stark – House Stark) or this new wave of innovation might turn out as the “last invention humans ever need to make” (Nick Bostrom – AI Philosoph). Or maybe it’s just another great technology helping humans to achieve more.