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, advising Fortune 500s and governments on post-2020 large language models. His work on artificial intelligence has been featured at NYU, with Microsoft AI and Google AI teams, at the University of Oxford’s 2021 debate on AI Ethics, and in the Leta AI (GPT-3) experiments viewed more than 2.5 million times. A contributor to the fields of human intelligence and peak performance, 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 organizations and enterprise.

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