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Vladimir Vapnik is the co-inventor of support vector machines, support vector clustering, VC theory, and many foundational ideas in statistical learning. He was born in the Soviet Union, worked at the Institute of Control Sciences in Moscow, then in the US, worked at AT&T, NEC Labs, Facebook AI Research, and now is a professor at Columbia University. His work has been cited over 200,000 times.
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00:00 – Introduction
02:55 – Alan Turing: science and engineering of intelligence
09:09 – What is a predicate?
14:22 – Plato’s world of ideas and world of things
21:06 – Strong and weak convergence
28:37 – Deep learning and the essence of intelligence
50:36 – Symbolic AI and logic-based systems
54:31 – How hard is 2D image understanding?
1:00:23 – Data
1:06:39 – Language
1:14:54 – Beautiful idea in statistical theory of learning
1:19:28 – Intelligence and heuristics
1:22:23 – Reasoning
1:25:11 – Role of philosophy in learning theory
1:31:40 – Music (speaking in Russian)
1:35:08 – Mortality