Brit AI genius dies

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Sir David MacKay, a pioneer in machine-learning techniques, has died at the age of 48 after battling stomach cancer.

MacKay, who was the Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a former chief scientific advisor to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, won acclaim in the artificial intelligence field by applying Bayesian probability systems to neural networks.

He also did advanced work in error correction in data streams that has been used extensively in the satellite industry, and self-published a widely praised work on energy generation and sustainability.

He was diagnosed with cancer of the stomach in July 2015 and blogged regularly about his condition. He is survived by his wife and two children. ®


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