RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit Montreal Panel of Pioneers Interview: Yoshua Bengio, Yann LeCun, Geoffrey Hinton


Last week, for the first time ever, RE•WORK brought together the'Godfathers of AI' to appear not only at the same event, but on a joint panel discussion. At the Deep Learning Summit in Montreal last week, we saw Yoshua Bengio, Yann LeCunand Geoffrey Hinton come together to share their most cutting edge research progressions as well as discussing the landscape of AI and the deep learning ecosystem in Canada. Joelle Pineau from McGill University who was moderating the discussion began by asking each pioneer to introduce their neighbour, which immediately generated a laugh from the packed auditorium. Yoshua kicked off by saying'here's Yann, I met him doing my masters and he was doing his post doc with Geoff and later Yann invited me to come and work with him and start working in convolutional neural networks, and it's still the hot thing today!' Yann went on to introduce Geoffrey and said'I'll be historical as well, when I was an undergrad I studied neural nets and realised there was no research published in the 70s. I saw a paper entitled Optimal Perceptual Inference and Geoff was one of the three authors.