World-leading scientist to set up a research center in Greece to reduce ‘brain drain’
Konstantinos Daskalakis, a world-leading Greek scientist, outlined his plan to create a state-of-the-art international artificial intelligence research center in Greece, during a charity organization event. Daskalakis, who is a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, focused on the topic of “How Information Technology Changed the World around Us”. Daskalakis said he is on a mission to create a research center with approximately 30 researchers and 150 students. It will be a privately funded charity and will focus on artificial intelligence.
In his speech he referred to the evolution of computers as a science in the last century, he spoke about the technological revolutions that have taken place over the past 15 years, which have to do with the applications of computers on the Internet and he presented a window in the future, highlighting the current level of artificial intelligence, the challenges posed in the future, and how our world can change with the application of these technologies..
Daskalakis highlighted some of the miracles that smart machines can already do and he showed an algorithm that can “imagine” perfectly plausible images of people who do not exist, after having “seen” a sufficient number of photographs of real people. Also, impressive was the algorithm that can convert photos into paintings with the style of specific painters.
At a social and regulatory level, Konstantinos Daskalakis focused on four important issues regarding the management of the possibilities of artificial intelligence: reliability, morality, privacy and impartiality.
At the conclusion of his speech, the Greek professor who has been honored with one of the most important awards in mathematics, the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, stressed that his main goal is to share his knowledge with the youth of Greece and to help them develop their strengths so they can also benefit the country. “I’m a teacher. The aim of my project is to “cultivate” human knowledge further and to inspire young people to be creative themselves, as well as to find ways in which they will influence the world around them.”