AI expert warns on tech groups raiding schools for talent

A brain drain of artificial intelligence talent to the biggest tech companies threatens to set back academic research in the field, according to one of the three experts credited with breakthroughs a decade ago that lie behind today’s biggest advances in AI. Yoshua Bengio, professor at the University of Montreal, was one of the pioneers of deep learning, a technique modelled on how the human brain works that has led to advances in language understanding and image recognition by computers. “Industry has been recruiting a lot of talent — there’s a shortage in academia,” said Mr Bengio in a Financial Times interview. “It’s fine for those companies, but it’s not great for academia.” Mr Bengio’s two counterparts have made the move into high-paying tech industry jobs, with Geoff Hinton from…

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