Edmonton could be leader in developing uses for artificial intelligence, expert says

Edmonton could become a major centre for developing ways to use the artificial intelligence (AI) that will probably drive the world’s next industrial revolution, a top scientists in the field says.

“AI could be well thought of as the leading edge in the second industrial revolution; Edmonton is a leader in the science,” University of Alberta computer science professor Richard Sutton said Tuesday.

“Why can’t we be a player in AI applications?”

Sutton, who moved to the U of A in 2003 from AT&T Labs in New Jersey, is considered a pioneer in AI and reinforcement learning, which involves letting computers learn from experience and interacting with their environment.

He wrote a major textbook on the subject and was picked last year to be part of Google DeepMind in Edmonton, the company’s first research lab outside its London headquarters.

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Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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