MIT’s Rodney Brooks Gives 3 Tips for Young People Interested in A.I.

If the idea of working with robots tickles your pickle, then you may want to pay attention to Rodney Brooks’ advice on how to get into A.I. The Aussie roboticist is the chairman of Rethink Robotics and the former director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, so he knows the business. He spoke today at South By Southwest Interactive with newyorker.com editor Nicholas Thompson about his area of expertise. Though he noted we need not worry about A.I. systems reprogramming themselves and turning against humankind, he did have three interesting and amusing suggestions on how a 25-year old might get into and advance the field. Money, money money: On making some quick cash off robotics, Brooks advised to think about human aging. “If you want ten- twenty-year financial hit, elder-care…


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