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Shane Legg

Co-Founder and Chief AGI Scientist, Google DeepMind

The Transformative Potential of AGI — and When it Might Arrive

Biography

Shane Legg is co-founder and Chief AGI Scientist at Google DeepMind, where he leads the Technical AGI Safety team. Shane is a Distinguished Alumni of Waikato University, and obtained his PhD from the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research (IDSIA) in Switzerland. His thesis proposed a formal definition of machine intelligence, for which he was awarded the Canadian Singularity Institute research prize. He spent a year as a postdoc at the Swiss Finance Institute, building models of human decision-making, followed by two years at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit at UCL. Shane is an Honorary Fellow of University College London, and in 2017 received the Digital Masters Award for Excellence in Technology. Shane was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to the science and technology sector and to investment.

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