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CIFAR Fellows among Bloomberg's most influential people, ones to watch

by Juanita Bawagan
Dec 1 / 17
Geoff Hinton
CIFAR Distinguished Fellow Geoffrey Hinton


A CIFAR Distinguished Fellow defined this year and we should look to a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar for big things to come in 2018, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg Businessweek named CIFAR Distinguished Fellow Geoffrey Hinton as one of the most influential people of the year. The Bloomberg 50 list includes honorees from finance and politics to tech and entertainment who have defined global business in 2017. Hinton was recognized for his role as the Chief Science Adviser at the Vector Institute in Toronto, for strengthening Canada’s position as a global AI research leader and for his reputation as the field’s top expert.

“The hope is that Hinton is the magnet. He’s morphed from an obscure academic into someone whose speeches fill auditoriums—and whose influence helped get companies such as Google and Facebook Inc. to open offices this year in Edmonton and Montreal, respectively,” wrote Ashlee Vance. He also noted Hinton’s continuing contributions to the field, including his recent papers on “capsule networks.”

For Bloomberg’s list of 50 people to watch in 2018, Hinton nominated CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Kyunghyun Cho. Cho is a member of CIFAR’s Learning in Machines & Brains program, an assistant professor at NYU and a research scientist with Facebook AI Research.

The nomination reads: “Cho works in a subfield of artificial intelligence called natural language processing, designing processes to make translation algorithms faster and more accurate. ‘He’s had a huge impact on machine translation,’ Hinton says.”