Town Hall on A.I., Machine Learning, and More with Peter Norvig

Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google Inc., was available for an open, interactive Q & A session. Attendees brought any questions they had on the following topics:  

Note: Due to being based on viewer-submitted questions, actual covered topics may differ and topics listed may not be addressed.


Themes in A.I and Machine Learning:

Current Google research goals

Future of A.I.

Big questions in unifying logic and probability

Challenges facing A.I./Machine Learning research (e.g., trust/privacy, debugging, non-modularity, non-stationarity, lack of adequate tools and processes)

Ethics and Privacy in the age of A.I.


Peter’s Recent Research:

Google’s hybrid approach to research

Deep Learning

Quantitative analysis

Data effectiveness

Current practice and teaching of A.I.

Online Education and Tools/MOOCs (both at Google and externally)


Other questions and ideas to consider:

How limitations in our knowledge of the human brain impact Machine Learning

Working in Academia vs. Industry

Advice to graduate students and researchers in computer science and A.I.

Peter Norvig Bio


Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google Inc.; ACM Fellow. Previously he was head of Google's core search algorithms group, and of NASA Ames's Computational Sciences Division, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006. He was co-teacher of an Artifical Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. His publications include the books Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the leading textbook in the field), Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM, California Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.