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Episode 7: The Nature of Intelligence

Trying to build artificial intelligence can teach us so much about intelligence itself. AI pioneer Yann LeCun, a winner of the Turing Award, joins Vasant Dhar in episode 7 of Brave New World to discuss how the field of AI has evolved and where it is heading. Points of discussion:  How machines that perceive the world have turbocharged AI. How one of the biggest challenges in deep learning is common sense. The interface between industry and the academy. And how consciousness may not be a superpower but a reflection of our limitations.

Useful resources:
1. Yann LeCun’s homepage.
2. Yann LeCun’s papers.
3. Language and Learning: The Debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky — Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (editor).
4. Perceptrons: An Introduction to Computational Geometry — Marvin Minsky & Seymour Papert.
5. Her — Spike Jonze.