2 June 2019
the new electricity
By Catherine Jew ell,
Publications D ivision, WI PO
The British-born computer scientist, Andrew Ng, is a
leading thinker on articia l intelligence (AI) and has been
a pioneer in its application for many years. He founded
the Google Brain project, served as Chief Scientist at
Baidu, and co-founded the online learning platform,
Coursera. Today, in addition to his academic work at
Stanford University (USA), Mr. Ng is heading up two
startups: Landing AI, which works with enterprises to
adopt AI, and deeplearnin g.ai, an AI education company.
Mr.Ng recently spoke with WIPO Magazine about the
transformative power of AI, and the measures required
to ensure that AI benets everyone.
Why is AI a ttracting so much atten tion?
AI is the new electricity. It will transfor m every industry and
create huge economic value. Technology like supervised
learning is automation on steroids. It is very good at auto-
mating tasks and will have an impact on every s ector – from
healthcare to manufacturi ng, logistics and retail.
“For AI to reach it s full potent ial, government s
should be thoug htful about prot ecting citiz ens,
while al so creating room for t he positive
innovation th at AI can brin g,” says Andrew Ng .
Photo: © NVIDIA Corporation