We're not ready for AI, says the winner of a new $1m AI prize

We're not ready for AI, says the winner of a new $1m AI prize

Regina Barzilay, a professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is the first winner of the Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity, a new prize recognizing outstanding research in AI.

Barzilay started her career working on natural-language processing. After surviving breast cancer in 2014, she switched her focus to machine-learning algorithms for detecting cancer and designing new drugs. The award will be presented in February 2021 by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

The $1 million prize money, provided by Chinese online education company Squirrel AI, puts the award on the same financial level as the Nobel Prize and the Turing Award in computer science.