TIME Notably Omits Schmidhuber and Bengio from List of 100 Most Influential Figures in AI


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TIME magazine recently published its first ever list of the 100 most influential figures in the growth of artificial intelligence.

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However, two prominent figures in the AI industry seem to be conspicuously missing from the list, viz. Jürgen Schmidhuber and Yoshua Bengio.

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Jürgen Schmidhuber is a German computer scientist who is known for his foundational work on recurrent neural networks (RNNs), including backpropagation and long short-term memory.

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He is a highly cited researcher and has won numerous awards for his work, which reinforces the argument of his name not being in the list.

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Yoshua Bengio is a Canadian computer scientist and a professor at the University of Montreal, who is also known as one of the godfathers of AI.

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He also showed that deep neural networks could be used to recognize images and speech, making him another deserving candidate for the list.

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Considering all this, it still remains unclear as to why TIME chose to exclude Schmidhuber and Bengio from the list.

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