Shane Legg

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Shane Legg is a machine learning researcher and cofounder of DeepMind Technologies, acquired by Google in 2014.[1][2]

Shane Legg
Born New Zealand
Alma mater
Known for DeepMind Technologies
Scientific career
Fields
Institutions

Google DeepMind

University College London
Thesis Machine Super Intelligence (2008)
Doctoral advisor Marcus Hutter

Early life[edit]

Legg attended Rotorua Lakes High School in Rotorua, on New Zealand's North Island.[3] He completed his undergraduate studies at Waikato University. He obtained his MSc with the thesis Solomonoff Induction [4] with Prof. Cristian S. Calude at the University of Auckland. He got his PhD working on theoretical models of super intelligent machines (AIXI) with Prof. Marcus Hutter. His PhD thesis entitled Machine Super Intelligence was completed in 2008. He was awarded the $10,000 Canadian Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence prize.[5]

Career[edit]

Legg's main research interests are in artificial intelligence, both theory and practice. In particular, he is interested in measures of intelligence for machines, neural networks, artificial evolution, reinforcement learning and the theory of learning. He has worked on these topics in both commercial and academic environments.

DeepMind Technologies[edit]

In 2010, Shane Legg cofounded the start-up DeepMind Technologies along with Demis Hassabis and Mustafa Suleyman.[1][2] Hassabis and Legg first met at UCL's Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit,[6] where Legg was a research associate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Google Buys U.K. Artificial Intelligence Company DeepMind". Bloomberg. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Google makes £400m move in quest for artificial intelligence". Financial Times. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Holly (10 January 2016). "Soaring Kiwis: Programmed early for success". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Solomonoff Induction
  5. ^ "Q&A with Shane Legg on risks from AI". LessWrong. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Demis Hassabis: 15 facts about the DeepMind Technologies founder". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2014.