• Yael Shany

11th perspective on Ai with Prof. Tishby

Towards our 11th annual I met with Prof. Tishby, and I'll try to convey his ideas, in relevancy to a few global challenges, adding few paradoxes one must share.

Remember the architect at Matrix? I feel like I've just met him.

Come meet him at TSAV8 to Barcelona, as he speaks about "Ai beyond the final frontiers".

Paradox 1: How come the Professor, known as "the father of machine learning in Israel", founded The Hebrew University, JLM, Computer Science Faculty claims: "I don't like the education given at Computer Science"? It needs elements from the real world.

Paradox 2: "All innovations come out of years of profound academic research. Mathematics is the leading science of the real actual world. But pure mathematicians, deal with theories disconnected to nature or humanity- real world, including daily life decisions".

Paradox 3: "Education has to be chaotic".

Paradox 4: Science - Technology: guess which is planned and accurate and which is chaotic and open?

Now to Q&A+ insights:

1. How to succeed in Ai innovation?

Only by creating a synergy between "real world" systems and the world of computer science. Mathematics, physics, biology engage in real life systems, in the world around and in us. Computer science in contrast doesn't - it's all in the computer. No real life relation or contact . When you merge electric engineering or mathematics with big data- you get Ai innovations like Mobileye.

2. What are the Key Success Factors for Israeli Ai?

We thrive in chaos, perhaps that's why we're so open to talk to each other. Together, these two traits create creativity. I believe the legacy of Israeli acclaimed academic research, especially in biotech and braintech, combined with a culture of resiliency - namely solving problems, thinking outside the box and team work, are the key reasons that rendered Israel among the first to synergize computer science with real world science.

Merging creativity with Ai will enable interactive art\ entertainment – in which the artist\audience merges and changes the content creation. The boundaries of creativity, art, design, architecture and probably science as a whole will exponentially expand.

3. What roles\jobs will the machines take from us?

Other than functionality and decision making, can they be creative? Can they show empathy? Yes they can. But they will always need the interaction with humans.

4. How will machines become ethical?

If human ethics is subjective (to culture & politics), can machines be ethical? History has already proven that Asimov's laws of robotics don't apply anymore. Example: Robots bombed a mass shooter in order to save his potential victims lives. To some extent, I believe that machine ethics will be another branch in the realm of ethics.

5. Will machines have a "5th element" as us?

Is there a final frontier at all? Can machines develop their own religion? Remember Matrix and the Anomaly concept? Ai machines have a "noise", anomalies which make them unexpected. Prof. Tishby claims this improves their learning capabilities.

Prof. Naftali Tishby

His theory revolutionize the field:

"New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning"


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