Cars can drive themselves. Our bodies can converse with ingestible sensors, alerting us to health issues long before we feel a single symptom. Companies are pouring millions into artificial intelligence, chatbots and machine learning. AI is one of the fastest growing and most exciting industries, and its influence is only getting bigger. To stay ahead of the curve, we should all be following AI’s leading creative minds on social media. Here are five of the most influential thinkers, doers and creatives in the field of AI that you can follow today on LinkedIn:
The Futurist: Brad Templeton
Templeton is founder of the world’s first-ever dot-com and an active advocate for cyberspace civil rights. As Chairman Emeritus of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, he is leading the charge to protect net neutrality, and he also finds time to advise the Google team developing self-driving cars; to advise Starship on delivery robots and to serve on the board of the Foresight Institute, a nonprofit focused on understanding how technology will impact the future. You can follow Brad on Twitter.
The CEO: Anita Schjoll Brede
Denmark’s Brede is CEO and Co-founder of Iris.ai, which Fast Company called one of the 10 most innovative artificial intelligence startups in 2017. Her company is democratizing and revolutionizing how humans connect with science, having created Project Aiur, an AI science assistant that can read and digest scientific knowledge through AI and blockchain technology. Aiur, they say, will become the world’s first AI researcher in the next 10 years. On her LinkedIn profile, Brede announces, “I sport a pink mohawk and am a bit of a unicorn. Don’t expect me to fit into your box.” Feel free to catch her on Linkedin.
The Inventor: Ray Kurzweil
Author, computer scientist, futurist and creator Ray Kurzweil has been at the forefront of AI developments for decades. His inventor resume reads like a condensed history of the greatest artificial intelligence breakthroughs of our age. Kurzweil is the dreamer and builder behind the first text-to-speech reading machine for the blind; the first omni-font optical character recognition; and the first large-vocabulary speech-recognition device to be commercially marketed.
But while Kurzweil laid the foundation for much of today’s in-home AI devices, he continues to serve as a pioneer in the field. He’s popularized the singularity concept — that idea that superintelligent machines will transform humanity — and in his current role at Google, he’s writing the code that will soon revolutionize how we all send emails. Check out Ray on his website.
The AI Scholar: Neil Jacobstein
Over at Singularity University, Neil Jacobstein chairs the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track, and he is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s Media X Program. He refuses to stay inside the ivory tower, though, regularly weighing in as consultant on AI research for companies including DARPA, NASA, GM, Boeing and beyond. Jacobstein is also an expert on nanotechnology, and regularly speaks and writes about the real-world implications of AI and robotics on business and human ethics. Find him on Singularity’s video feed on YouTube.
The Computer Scientist: Peter Norvig
Self-driving cars. Glasses offering augmented reality. Up next? Space elevators and robots — that is, if Peter Norvig, Google’s Director of Research, has anything to say about it. Norvig began his career as a mathematician, quickly found it easier to work on computers than on paper, and by the 1980s was writing theorems to tackle probability and uncertainty. His work in AI has its roots not in the early adopters of the 1970s and early 1980s, but in 18th-century theorems of English mathematician Thomas Bayes, and today he is still charging forward in data mining, education innovation and machine intelligence, all with a keen understanding of where we’ve come from as we zoom forward. Connect with him on LinkedIn.