Peter Norvig interview

By | March 3, 2010

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (3rd Edition)The good guys at reddit.com recently interviewed AI legend and Google Director of Research Peter Norvig. In case you don’t recognize the name, Norvig is the co-author along with Stuart Russell of the standard AI textbook Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (3rd Edition) (the book now is at its 3rd edition.) Reddit collected questions from their users to ask.

The interview is about 30 minutes long and I have included the video below. If you want to know what Novig considers the biggest success and failure of AI and how he spends his time at Google then you should watch it. Most importantly, he answers the question as to whether Google is working on Strong AI; I like the fact that he first defines the term in two different ways and then relates the work at Google with respect to these definitions. He also explains why LISP is not used more widely at Google and shares some of his thoughts on programming.

Other than the interview, there is also an interesting post-interview discussion over at reddit with many insightful comments from the site’s users. You can be part of the conversation here.