Apple employs tech guru from university that taught computers to ‘defeat humans’
I ROBOT Apple employs tech guru from university that taught computers to ‘defeat humans’
Artificial intelligence expert begins work in firm's shadowy 'machine learning' division
BY JASPER HAMILL 19th October 2016, 12:22 pm
APPLE has employed a world-leading artificial intelligence guru from a university which famously taught computers to “defeat humans”.
Ruslan Salakhutdinov, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is now Apple’s director of AI research, although it is unclear what his role will entail.
The tech giant is said to be interested in using “machine learning” to make its voice activated assistant Siri more useful.
However, Apple is also likely to be interested in using artificial intelligence in secret products and services which are yet to be revealed.
He also posted a link to a job advert which said: “We are looking for exceptional hands-on research scientists with a proven track record in a variety of machine learning methods; from the realms of deep learning, reinforcement learning, unsupervised learning, and computer perception.”
Anyone who’s watched the Terminator films may worry that artificial intelligence poses a grave risk to the future of humanity.
Professor Stephen Hawking recently said the entire human species could be brutally finished off by “rogue” robots which are too strong for us to defeat.
The celebrated boffin is one of the most prominent critics of the unrestrained development of artificial intelligence, because he fears super-smart machines could end up turning on their human creators and sending us the way of the dodo.
Students at Salakhutdinov's university have already played a part in training machines to defeat humans.
They managed to build a "bot" capable of beating humans at the shoot 'em up game Doom.