Prof. Rich Sutton, probably the most famous person in the field of reinforcement learning, gave a talk today at the Gatsby Unit. I was expecting a standard introduction to reinforcement learning to begin with, but it wasn’t to be. Instead he kicked off with 20 minutes about the singularity.
Audience: So when do you expect human level AI?
Rich: Roughly 2030.
Whether or not you agree, views like this seem to be becoming more common in academia.