The former child prodigies creating AI (2022)

The field of AI has been disproportionately led by people who were child prodigies before adolescence, and/or identified as gifted in childhood.

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Prodigy means ‘a preadolescent who produces meaningful output in some domain to the level of an adult expert’. Gifted means ‘a person with an intellectual ability linked to a measured capacity in the top 2% of the population’. For more information, see my research.

Please note that giftedness is not an indication of wealth, status, or any other indicator. Measuring giftedness can be likened to measuring other human traits like height. For more information, see my work for GE, Decoding Genius, especially Episode 6.


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Dr Alan D. Thompson is an AI expert and consultant. With Leta (an AI powered by GPT-3), Alan co-presented a seminar called ‘The new irrelevance of intelligence’ at the World Gifted Conference in August 2021. His applied AI research and visualisations are featured across major international media, including citations in the University of Oxford’s debate on AI Ethics in December 2021. He has held positions as chairman for Mensa International, consultant to GE and Warner Bros, and memberships with the IEEE and IET. He is open to consulting and advisory on major AI projects with intergovernmental organisations and enterprise.

This page last updated: 23/Jun/2022. https://lifearchitect.ai/ai-prodigies/