Future computing and mobile interfaces driven by artificial intelligence, speech recognition, and machine vision are consuming the time of Google’s top inventor, Peter Norvig.
Norvig, Google’s director of research, was in Ireland last week to give the prestigious Boole Lecture at the University of Cork. Norvig is the man behind the Google search product we know and use today, driving the core Web search algorithms in the world’s biggest Internet company as well as leading the team that created Google Translate.
Norvig joined Google in 2002 as director of search quality—a pivotal time in the company’s development where it enjoyed tenfold growth, evolving from a curious start-up to the online advertising and software giant it is today. Prior to joining Google Norvig was NASA’s top computer scientist and would have worked on the Remote Agent and Mars Exploration Rovers. Norvig co-wrote with Stuart Russell Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, a best-seller and considered the definitive book on the subject.
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