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We’re not ready for AI, says the winner of a new $1m AI prize

Regina Barzilay, the first winner of the Squirrel AI Award, on why the pandemic should be a wake-up call.
by Will Douglas Heaven

Regina Barzilay, a professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is the first winner of the Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity, a new prize recognizing outstanding research in AI. Barzilay started her career working on natural-language processing. After surviving breast cancer in 2014, she switched her focus to machine-learning algorithms for detecting cancer and designing new drugs.


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