We have more data than ever before, by many orders of magnitude, yet “strong” artificial intelligence remains elusive. Some notorious difficult problems like speech recognition and the game of Go have recently seen spectacular advances, yet no machine can understand language as well as three-year-old child. Gary Marcus explores the gap between what machines do well and what people do well and what needs to happen before machines can match the flexibility and power of human cognition.
A scientist, best-selling author, and entrepreneur, Gary Marcus is currently professor of psychology and neural science at NYU and CEO and cofounder of the recently formed Geometric Intelligence, Inc. Gary’s efforts to update the Turing test have spurred a worldwide movement and his research on language, computation, artificial intelligence, and cognitive development has been published widely in leading journals such as Science and Nature. He is also the author of four books, including The Algebraic Mind, Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind, and the New York Times best-seller Guitar Zero, and contributes frequently to the the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gary’s most recent book, The Future of the Brain: Essays By the World’s Leading Neuroscientists, features the 2014 Nobel Laureates May-Britt and Edvard Moser.
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