Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun may not be household names, but their work definitely is. In fact, you’ve interacted with the descendants their research today (or last few minutes).

From the facial recognition system that unlocked your phone to the AI language model that suggested what to write in your last email, the impact of their work is everywhere, earning them the titles  of “Godfathers of AI.” Everytime I hear that term this is the image that pops into my mind.

Recently, the trio has received the Turing Award, which is a kind of Nobel Prize for Computer Science.

So, if they ever call you and ask for a favor, you better do it, unless you want to wake up to a decapitated MacBook laying in your bed.

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun — sometimes called the ‘godfathers of AI’ — have been recognized with the $1 million annual prize for their work developing the AI subfield of deep learning. The techniques the trio developed in the 1990s and 2000s enabled huge breakthroughs in tasks like computer vision and speech recognition. Their work underpins the current proliferation of AI technologies, from self-driving cars to automated medical diagnoses.

Geoffrey Hinton, aka the Godfather of AI, has been instrumental in the AI revolution we are now living in. However, he’s not content just to rest on his laurels and has dream up something new: capsule networks.

Check out this excerpt from an article in the Seattle Times.

With his capsule networks, Hinton aims to finally give machines the same three-dimensional perspective that humans have — allowing them to recognize a coffee cup from any angle after learning what it looks like from only one. This is not something that neural networks can do.

In this interview with Geoffrey Hinton, Martin Ford asks the pioneering AI researcher about the economics of a world dominated by AI and what to do about making sure the future is for everyone.

If you can dramatically increase productivity and make more goodies to go around, that should be a good thing. Whether or not it turns out to be a good thing depends entirely on the social system, and doesn’t depend at all on the technology. People are looking at the technology as if the technological advances are a problem. The problem is in the social systems, and whether we’re going to have a social system that shares fairly, or one that focuses all the improvement on the 1% and treats the rest of the people like dirt. That’s nothing to do with technology.

In this ground-breaking episode of Bloomberg’s “Hello World,” the story of AI’s rise is told in detail, as journalist Ashlee Vance heads to the unexpected birthplace of the technology, Canada.