Shane Legg is among the TIME 100 most influential people in AI


Institutional Communication Service

25 September 2023

Shane Legg, co-founder of DeepMind, earned a doctorate from USI's Faculty of Informatics in 2008 with Professor Schmidhuber while doing research at the IDSIA USI-SUPSI Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He has been selected by the editors of Time as one of the 100 most influential people in AI.

This is, pointed out IDSIA USI-SUPSI director Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, a well-deserved recognition. "Shane Legg's research in the field of general artificial intelligence extends far beyond the immediate horizon and is fundamental to understanding how far machines can truly be equal to, or even better than, human beings."

Cesare Alippi, scientific director of IDSIA USI-SUPSI and Pro-rector for internationalisation, emphasised that this accolade "demonstrates, once again, the university's ability to train minds capable of shaping the future through cutting-edge research that rests on solid foundational aspects". Legg, concluded Alippi, "is a shining example of the excellence that the Faculty of Informatics and the IDSIA USI-SUPSI have produced. His greatest merit is his ability to blend advanced research and a forward-looking vision with entrepreneurial skills. He is, in fact, co-founder of DeepMind Technologies, a world leader in artificial intelligence".