The German computer scientist Jürgen Schmidhuber is one of the most important pioneers in the field of artificial intelligence. His groundbreaking research, which allowed for computers to create memories and learn from them, has made possible many of the technologies that we use every day, such as Google Translate or the iPhone’s Siri. In 2014, Schmidhuber founded Nnaisense, a Swiss-based company that intends to develop the first machines with AI capable of learning independently from humans. Far from ushering in dystopian scenarios à la 2001: A Space Odyssey or Blade Runner, Schmidhuber believes such technology will lead to a future in which humans and computers collaborate peacefully for the common good.
Schmidhuber’s work has garnered him numerous prestigious awards, including the Helmholtz Award of the International Neural Network Society in 2013 and the Neural Networks Pioneer Award of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2014. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and currently works in Ticino, Switzerland, where he holds a professorship at the Università della Svizzera Italiana and is the co-director of the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence.