make Vietnam develop into the AI ​​heart of the world?

FPT Chairman Truong Gia Binh talks with “AI godfather” Yoshua Bengio.

Professor Yoshua Bengio, along with his analysis on imaginative and prescient, neural networks for pure language processing, he has contributed to creating main breakthroughs within the area of pc imaginative and prescient and speech recognition and laid the inspiration. basis for the robust improvement of synthetic intelligence on this planet. In 1993, he based the Mila Analysis Institute with a mission to be a world heart of scientific development, inspiring innovation, and creating AI for the advantage of all.

Mr. Truong Gia Binh – Chairman of the Board of Administrators of FPT, who has a terrific need to make Vietnam develop into the AI ​​heart of the area, creating extra alternatives for Vietnamese know-how skills to entry and study. from one of the best on this planet.

They’d an internet dialog throughout the 2 hemispheres, day and evening concerning the “dream” of creating Vietnam the AI ​​heart of the area after 1 12 months of FPT and Mila’s cooperation in coaching and trade. high quality AI assets in addition to consulting to construct a world-class AI heart in Binh Dinh.

This dialogue is inside the framework of FPT’s Synthetic Intelligence Convention and Exhibition Week 2021 (FAIC 2021) with the theme “Breakthrough to steer within the AI ​​period” held from 17-21. August 2021.

Synthetic intelligence will change the world

* Mr. Truong Gia Binh: Professor, I hope our 30-minute speak will encourage Vietnamese know-how specialists and younger scientists to pursue their goals within the area of AI. I want to begin with an open query, are you able to share your overview of the context wherein we reside, the context wherein folks face the specter of a pandemic like Covid-19? aren’t?

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Professor Yoshua Bengio: At the start of the pandemic, the scientific neighborhood, myself included, thought quite a bit about what might be completed to assist the neighborhood based mostly on their expertise and information. At Mila, like in lots of different locations, we’ve additionally devoted our hearts to numerous tasks, utilizing AI and Machine Studying to assist struggle the pandemic. It was a variety of strain, but it surely additionally introduced a variety of pleasure and worthwhile expertise.

We’ve realized many issues, for instance, methods to use AI to search out new medicine or substances for drug manufacturing, or clear up a few of the useful resource optimization issues that we face locally. present copper. And I additionally realized that we have to unite to face phenomena like pandemics or local weather change, and that’s the solely method we will overcome these challenges.

I additionally all the time imagine, AI has the power to vary the world. Sooner or later, AI won’t solely carry financial development advantages but in addition carry nice values ​​to society. However after all, we’ve to know methods to apply AI in the appropriate method.

* Mr. Truong Gia Binh: At present, Vietnam is going through extra challenges through the pandemic, can AI assist us predict the epidemic state of affairs? I want to ask to your expertise on this.

Professor Yoshua Bengio: It’s true that we will use AI to foretell the epidemic state of affairs, but it surely should conduct a variety of difficult analysis. For instance, studying concerning the GEN set of virus variants to make predictions about potential virus variants which may be born within the close to future, thereby giving the corresponding vaccines and medicines earlier than when the virus spreads on a big scale.

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These are actually severe research which can be being completed. I feel AI might be very helpful in these analysis actions, nonetheless, it isn’t potential to rely solely on AI, it requires a mixture of each human intelligence and the intelligence of scientists in lots of fields. totally different.

* Mr. Truong Gia Binh: AI can study sooner than us, work 24/7, can study any information and expertise immediately. I am interested by what AI can do. There are lots of concepts that the following evolution within the historical past of aliens might be synthetic intelligence. How do you are feeling about this?

Professor Yoshua Bengio: It’s a troublesome query, however now I imagine that we will management AI, after all this isn’t simple. However we’re the designers of AI. There may be some concern that the machine might be used as a software to consolidate energy and intimidate others.

Whether or not synthetic intelligence can match and change human intelligence is mostly a matter of science fiction. At this level, the AI ​​system we create is, in my view, nonetheless quite simple and primitive, and hopefully we might be wiser and wiser to “educate” AI to do helpful issues. helpful.

All the time preserve the hearth of goals

Mr. Truong Gia Binh: 20 years in the past, we had a dream to place Vietnam on the world know-how map. We began that dream from zero. After a variety of efforts, we’ve realized our dream, Vietnam has been ranked within the Prime 5 software program improvement international locations.

At the moment, we proceed to lift an even bigger dream, which is to make Vietnam develop into the AI ​​heart of the area and of the world. We’ve been working onerous with a variety of issues which have been completed akin to constructing an AI heart in Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh, sending college students to Mila so you possibly can study from one of the best, launching the platform synthetic intelligence FPT.AI…. However it might take a few years to understand this dream. Subsequently, I want to seek the advice of Professor, if in my place, what would you do to make this formidable dream come true?

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Professor Yoshua Bengio: That is the large query. I am not in your place, so it isn’t clear what can be greatest. However in my view, the primary is to “preserve the hearth” to your dream. He talked concerning the story of FPT’s dream 20 years in the past. For me, 20 or much more than 30 years in the past, after I was a pupil, I had huge goals, goals about AI, a couple of machine system that may operate like a human mind.

And I’ve continued to pursue my dream by constantly answering questions associated to this science for thus a few years, from when ideas have been new and obscure.

The second factor may be very apparent and you’re already doing this, which is schooling. That is the troublesome factor. It isn’t simple for Vietnam to draw main AI scientists from overseas, and even some certified Vietnamese will go overseas to review and research. This forces us to create a move of engineers and entrepreneurs within the area of AI with strong abilities to steer the AI ​​revolution for Vietnam.

Vietnam with plentiful assets and love for arithmetic, a basic topic for AI analysis, I imagine that creating the above move can fully develop into a actuality if there’s sufficient funding and energy in schooling. . Schooling is in any respect ranges however on this space we are going to usually deal with increased schooling ranges, for instance graduate college.

Mr. Truong Gia Binh: I want to summarize what you stated. It’s always dreaming, always studying, researching. Few persons are lucky sufficient to have entry to analysis packages, steerage, and studying from Mila’s main professors like a few of our engineers as we speak.

I want to counsel to you an thought that’s it potential, Mila to open a analysis heart in Vietnam to proceed writing her inspirational AI mission story exterior of Canada. Thus, there might be extra younger Vietnamese skills, like our engineers, can have the chance to study new issues.

Professor Yoshua Bengio: I feel that is additionally the appropriate factor to do. It is true that sometimes some Vietnamese PhD college students come right here to work with us, and it is actually onerous to result in main modifications. FPT must construct a middle that may collect a variety of human assets in Vietnam. We’re completely happy to assist the middle however how and methods to construct it’ll want additional dialogue, however one factor is for positive I strongly agree with this proposal and that is positively what we have to do. Should carry out.

In June 2020, FPT cooperated with Mila in three instructions: coaching and exchanging AI high quality assets; consulting to construct an AI heart in Binh Dinh and join enterprise alternatives in Mila’s ecosystem. 17 younger Vietnamese know-how specialists have had entry to Mila’s high professors coaching/analysis packages. The 2 sides additionally mentioned methods to construct an AI ecosystem that can contribute to creating Binh Dinh a regional/worldly AI heart. At present, FPT has additionally fashioned a crew of greater than 200 AI engineers and specialists on the Group’s AI analysis and improvement heart in Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh.

On the similar time, the Group can also be drastically accelerating the implementation of the 94ha-scale Synthetic Intelligence Heart and Ancillary City Challenge. Initially, the higher secondary degree has skilled the primary course with 154 college students. FPT College Department is selling its institution with a coaching scale of over 5,000 college students and has awarded 10 full scholarships for synthetic intelligence from undergraduate to doctoral ranges to 10 wonderful college students in Binh Dinh, with a view to mild the flame. ardour for AI analysis amongst younger folks.

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