The Turing Award is the highest accolade in the field of Computer science, which is the reason that the three Godfathers of this field will be honored with it, who introduced new dimensions to the world of computers with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI).
The Association of Computer machinery is going to present the Turing award to Geoff Hinton who is a brilliant professor at the University of Toronto, Canada and also a senior researcher at Google Brain of Alphabet Inc. Also, Yann LeCun, a professor at the New York University and the chief scientist of AI at Facebook and Yoshua Bengio who is the co-founder of Element AI Inc and a professor at the University of Montreal will share the award with Hinton.
A million dollar prize money that is currently underwritten by Google will be split among the three award winners. Hinton in an interview said that he is going to share his part of the award money with humanities department of the University of Toronto as they behold the future but are surely much under-funded. Bengio is to share his part of the award prize money in fighting with the alarming climate changes.
In the past years, the Turing award which is touted as the Nobel Prize in the world of computers was awarded to Tim-Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and to the pioneer of public-key cryptography, Whitfield Diffie.
The Turing award winners of this year are renowned by the “Three Godfathers of Deep Learning” as the discovery of the artificial intelligence, lead us to a whole new developed world as the AI software can impersonate the way a human mind functions.
Hinton had co-invented the Boltzmann machine which was one of the first machines that used statistical probabilities to study the neural networks. This mind-blowing discovery was done in the year 1983. When Hinton had started working on developing the AI around the 1970s and 1980s no other computer scientists believed in his theories and mocked his ideas as completely dated.
In today’s world, Artificial intelligence plays a great role by using backpropagation to intelligently tag your friends on Facebook with face recognition ability, while Amazon Inc.’s Alexa recognizes your voice to perform certain daily-life activities and Google’s translation uses AI to translate English language into Mandarin. The three geniuses worked to bring about a change in the world of technology are finally being honored with one of the most prestigious awards.