Edmonton is a world leader in the science of artificial intelligence - Blog
Though he works in perhaps the most hyped field of science there is, Dr. Richard Sutton comes across as remarkably grounded. I heard him described at the 2018 AccelerateAB conference on Tuesday as "the Wayne Gretzky of artificial intelligence" and he's often called a global pioneer in the field of AI. Sutton has spent 40 years researching AI and literally wrote the textbook on Reinforcement Learning. But he spent the first part of his closing keynote discussing the tension between ambition and humility. "It's good to be ambitious," he told the audience tentatively. "I'm keen on the idea of Alberta being a pioneer in AI." But he tempered that by discussing the risk of ambition turning to arrogance and affecting the work of a scientist. "I think you should say whatever strong thing is true," he said. Then: "Edmonton is a world leader in the science of AI." Sutton made sure to highlight the word "science" and noted that we fall behind when it comes to the application of AI. And of