Who are you and how did you become interested in AI and the technology around it?
I have a background in nanodevices, then worked with optical networks, so intelligent networks. I wanted to do something useful and switched to applications of tech in health. At some point, it struck me that technology is a dump, and needs to learn to work with us humans rather than the other way round.
Interested in how our brain works and trying to copy its architecture to artificial systems.
What is the most important thing you do at work?
I teach, and I do research. I guess I am a researcher at heart – enjoy doing research, incl. supervising/ guiding (Norwegian word: veilede) students to do research.
Why is it exciting?
It is the required next step for real AI, for being able to actually use AI in real applications in our close environment, it must be reliable and safe. I find this a really exciting area to work with, I guess I am a curious scientist (a bit of a nerd 😊) but I am also motivated by a strong wish (need?) to work with something that has real value rather than generating money for some company or other.
What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
Where do I start... AI is actually at an embryonic stage. There are controversies regarding how to build it, and how successful it may be. And a long list regarding how dangerous it may be.
Your own relevant projects in the last year?
- NFR funded project, now completed. Interdisciplinary incl. technology, health, ethics. Assistive tech for elderly w/ cognitive impairments or dementia. Field trial at Skøyen Omsorg+
- pre-project on AI for personalized remote physiological monitoring in collaboration with a company. (less exciting for me, but very useful. 😊
- pre-project on Human – AI interaction and collaboration (most exciting for me, trying to get external funding).
Your other favorite examples of similar projects, internationally and nationally?
Fascinated by the work of Maurice Conti in the US.
How the brain works, how we understand, reason, learn, decide, etc.
What do we do uniquely well in Norway within AI?
Many good groups, but uniquely in Norway – not sure. I think there is potential in Norway from collaboration with a strong and well-educated public sector; and strong industry, incl automation, that will gain a lot from embracing AI. Combine this with being a small country hence there is a lower threshold for approaching industry – we all know someone who knows someone at the right place.
But for me Norway and other peace-loving countries have an important (crucial) role to play: we need to be at the forefront of development and do everything we can to ensure that AI is not exploited in the “wrong hands”. This will be a very challenging task.