Outside of artificial intelligence, which emerging technologies have had the biggest impact on climate science in the last few years?
I would say that High Performance Computing has transformed climate science by providing scientists with access to powerful computational capabilities. Systems like Edison and Cori at NERSC have been a big boon to the climate science community, enabling them to run a broad range of climate simulations to better understand and quantify sources of uncertainty.
Which emerging technologies do you think will have the biggest impact your field in the future?
It is clear that AI (and in particular Deep Learning) is poised to transform science. Recently, we wrote an article on various case studies at LBNL. We believe that as several domain science areas awaken to the paradigm shift and start applying these techniques, they will find radically better results (compared to hand-tuned heuristics). The article also cautions on a few challenges unique to science: domain scientists are not comfortable with the notion of a black box system, the AI community needs to develop better techniques to interpret the behavior of these networks.
Arguably, one of the better collective achievements of humanity over the past several millennia is the discovery of the fundamental laws of nature. We should try to find a way to constrain the solution space of these networks to subscribe to these laws. That will help in bridging the current, purely-data driven approach for AI/Deep Learning, with concepts which are broadly accepted in science.
Image: Climate simulations by Lawrence Berkeley Lab
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25 May 2017, Boston
The Deep Learning Summit is the next revolution in artificial intelligence. Explore the impact of image & speech recognition as a disruptive trend in business and industry. How can multiple levels of representation and abstraction help to make sense of data such as images, sound, and text. Hear the latest insights and technology advancements from industry leaders, startups and researchers.
28 June 2017, Amsterdam
The Machine Intelligence Summit: where machine learning meets artificial intelligence. The rise of intelligent machines to make sense of data in the real world. Learn from the industry experts in speech & image recognition, natural language processing and computer vision. Explore how AI will impact transport, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and more.
28 June 2017, Amsterdam
The Machine Intelligence in Autonomous Vehicles Summit brings together leading industry players, exciting new startups and breakthrough technological research to create safer, smarter and more efficient transport. The event will showcase the next generation of connected vehicles, powered by the internet of things, artificial intelligence, connected devices, sensors, virtual assistants, wearables and predictive intelligence.