AI systems are like three-year-olds who see the world around them and try to understand it. If you give them the right training wheels, they can put together a perfect photo album entirely unaided, says Fei-Fei Lee.
The fact that some AI systems can “see” the world is thanks to researcher Fei-Fei Li. For more than 15 years, she has drilled down into the topic, fi rst at the California Institute of Technology and subsequently as director of the Stanford Artifi cial Intelligence and Stanford Vision Labs. In this capacity, Li was largely responsible for the development of ImageNet, a huge database of images used to help software learn more quickly what a table, animal or human looks like. The technology sets the standard for the major photo-sharing services.