Technology Princess of Asturias to “parents” of artificial intelligence

Princess of Asturias to “parents” of artificial intelligence

Extremadura President Guillermo Fernandez Vara

A Spanish foundation on Wednesday honored four scientists for their work in the field of artificial intelligence.

The four were awarded the 2022 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.

Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio were awarded for their contributions to the development of deep learning, whereby computers can begin to learn automatically through complex algorithms.

The fourth awardee was Demis Hassabis, CEO and co-founder of DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company owned by Google.

DeepMind’s AlphaFold protein database, a joint project with the European Bioinformatics Institute, has predicted with high accuracy more than 350,000 human protein structures.

The jury said his work represents a breakthrough in techniques as diverse as speech recognition, natural language processing, object perception, machine translation, strategy optimization, protein structure analysis, medical diagnostics and many others.

He added that their current and future impact on the progress of society can be described as extraordinary.

The €50,000 ($53,600) prize is one of eight prestigious annual awards covering the arts, communication, science and sport.

The awards ceremony takes place in October in the northern city of Oviedo.



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