Shane Legg

Shane Legg is a DeepMind Technologies machine learning researcher and co-founder who was acquired by Google in 2014.

Legg attended the High School of Rotorua Lakes in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand. He graduated from the University of Waikato. He received his MSc from the Solomonoff Induction Thesis at the University of Auckland with Professor Cristian S. Calude. He has a PhD from the University of Lugano with Prof. Marcus Hutter on theoretical models of super intelligent machinery. He completed his doctoral thesis entitled Machine Super Intelligence in 2008. He was awarded the $10,000 Artificial Intelligence Canadian Singularity Institute award.

Legg’s main research interests are theory and practice in artificial intelligence. He is especially interested in intelligence measures for machines, neural networks, artificial development, improved learning and learning theory. He has worked on these topics both in business and in academia.

Shane Legg and Demis Hassabis and Mustafa Suleyman co-founded the start-up DeepMind Technologies in 2010. Hassabis and Legg first met in the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit of UCL, where Legg was an assistant researcher.

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