Ilya Sutskever is a technology leader who has long been interested by the potential of computers for research and analysis. But, in the early days, he recognised that others had far greater knowledge about what exactly happened inside an artificial intelligence than he did, and was keen to partner and learn. Professor Geoffrey Hinton, a pioneer in deep learning research, was one of the people he most admired, and the pair met during Sutskever's student years at the University of Toronto. In their work together they co-developed something called AlexNet, a neural network architecture.
AlexNet got Sutskever noticed, and he was appointed as a research scientist at Google Brain in 2013. Although he loved working on machine learning projects at Google, he was invited to expand his horizons even further in 2015, and joined Elon Musk's team at OpenAI. Now a research director there, he often talks eloquently about how excited he is to use AI to make the world a better place.
His enthusiasm still seems to be growing, and critically, he repeatedly shows he isn't primarily motivated by financial gain. Instead, he appears to passionately believe in his AI's ability to be a beneficial influence on global culture as a whole. This attitude inspires cult like devotion from his team and has earned the attention and respect of heavyweights across the world of technology.
To show our appreciation of Sutskevers ingenuity, hard work and transformational journey, we bring you his top 5 quotes on his success and motivation in business.
“If you believe in deep learning, deep learning will believe in you!”
“Luck favours the prepared mind”
“The brain may as well be deterministic for all intents and purposes, yet it feels like we have free will. A possible reason is that our model of ourselves is not ourselves, so our decisions surprise our self model and feel like free will.”
“The problem with academia is that its main contact with reality is through reviewer”
“Hope is a choice.”
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