Recently, there has been an announcement from Facebook about the opening of two new Artificial Intelligence labs, one in Pittsburgh and the other one in Seattle. Hiring professors from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Washington. Well, this has provoked with certain threat regarding Facebook making it tougher in training the next generation of AI developer. “There’s not enough seed corn to be replanted”, as per the professor of Computer Science, Dan Weld, from the University of Washington. Meaning, if the number of employees goes on reducing, it will be difficult to prepare the next gen of researchers, as shared by Dan Weld with the New York Times.
However, demanding for high salaries has been the weapon in the A.I field, which is expected from the A.I experts and machine learning, creating a problematic way for many non-profit sharing research centers as well as universities to contest with the Google and Facebook likes. Recently, Yann LeCun, Facebook’s director of A.I mentioned that the company objectives have been misunderstood. Instead of poaching professionals from universities, right now Facebook is thinking of creating a model which will be profitable for both the sectors private as well public.
As per LeCun, Professors receive various experiences in different industry allowing a positive impact towards their students and on the research. Moreover, this can help in developing innovative and scientific improvement which may be tough to conquer in the academic environment as well assists in cracking other advanced technologies. Appointing part-time faculties has been quite familiar in the universities, basically, this is more common in the field of law, business, and medicine.
Creating a fair program for a strong partnership between the universities and Facebook was the main objective of the company which has been contributed towards the research labs, LeCun highlighted on this. However, there are many reasons for Facebook in investing for A.I. Some companies are still reliant on machine learning in sorting their videos and photo while social networking is exploring with extremist organizations and hate speech