Whereto AI? CS Professor authors deep dive into the state of artificial intelligence

Oct 15, 2018

By UCLA Samueli Newsroom

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October 2018 issue of Communications of the ACM

Cover of the October 2018 issue of Communications of the ACM. Hugh Syme, ACM ©, 2018

With the goal of sparking a broader and deeper discussion on artificial intelligence, UCLA computer science professor Adnan Darwiche has authored an in-depth examination on the state of the field and the general public’s perceptions of it.

The article, titled “Human-Level Intelligence or Animal-Like Abilities?,” was featured on the cover of the October 2018 issue of Communications of the ACM, a monthly magazine published by the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

Darwiche focused part of the article on the accomplishments of deep learning and the cross-roads it represents for the AI research community. He also highlighted two major lines of AI research – the model-based approach, which uses knowledge and reasoning to come to conclusions, and the function-based approach, which uses labeled data. Darwiche argued that integrating and fusing these approaches poses a challenge that needs to be addressed in order to take AI to the next level.

An accompanying video, also produced by the publication, features Darwiche explaining the motivations for the article and highlighting some of its key points.

Darwiche leads the Automated Reasoning Group at UCLA. He is also the chair of the Computer Science Department at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.

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