Jürgen Schmidhuber - Interview with RSI TV
13 October 2020
Jürgen Schmidhuber, Scientific Director of the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence USI-SUPSI (IDSIA), was interviewed by RSI TV in the context of a cycle of episodes dedicated to AI, a discipline of which he is considered a pioneer and one of the leading exponents.

AI represents a sector  which is experiencing a continuous growth but is still largely unknown; a branch of Information Technology that deals with the implementation of systems capable of providing machines with typically human characteristics.

Artificial Intelligence has a strong impact on our daily lives, starting from the smallest actions we perform at home, in the car or at work, such as voice search on mobile phones. Prof. Schmidhuber conceived and developed the algorithms for voice recognition of mobile devices that we all  know.

Although there are still many fears about the use of Artificial Intelligence, Schmidhuber invites us to look at the phenomenon from a different point of view. "Every new technology  has always two sides - he says, referring to the discovery and use of fire - but this intelligence helps to improve life. 95% of the Artificial Intelligence we develop here and in other context is used to make people's lives longer, healthier and lighter".

Today, however, Switzerland is facing a new situation: in the past it was the country that spent the largest part of its GDP on research and education attracting many brains from abroad, but today the situation is different. Tackling the dispersion of qualified professionals is therefore fundamental, according to Schmidhuber, in order to avoid the risk of losing skills and innovation, especially nowadays, when studies and applications of Artificial Intelligence are increasingly requested in order to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, such as contact tracing or the search for new medicines.

What counts, therefore, is to remain at the forefront and competitive in a sector that will continue its growth. With regard to the evolution of robots and the possibility that they may be released from human control, Schmidhuber pointed out that "if someone or something is really intelligent, it will not be controlled forever by someone who is much more stupid". At this point, then, we can only wait for future developments.

Complete interview: https://bit.ly/3nO8B8Y

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