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Paul Werbos: Can the NSF Return to Its Former Glory?

Dr. Robert J. Marks and Dr. Paul Werbos pick up where they left off: the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its research in machine intelligence. Dr. Werbos praises the NSF as “the greatest temple of truth in human history” – that is, until recently. What happened? Who is responsible for its recent failings? And is there hope for return to former glory?

Show Notes

  • 00:19 | Introducing Dr. Paul Werbos
  • 01:07 | “The greatest temple of truth in human history”
  • 09:02 | The state of the NSF since 2014
  • 16:23 | Big Tech in technical development

Additional Resources

  • Dr. Paul Werbos at IEEE.org
  • Paul Werbos’s website
  • Paul Werbos’s PhD dissertation introducing error backpropagation used today to train artificial neural networks
  • Paul Werbos’s 1972 Proposal to Harvard for Backpropagation and Intelligent Reinforcement System
  • Vannevar Bush, American engineer & inventor
  • “Science the Endless Frontier” (A Report to the President by Vannevar Bush, 1945) at nsf.gov
  • Joe Bordogna, NSF Deputy Director 1999-2005
  • TensorFlow
  • Sergey Brin, American computer scientist and entrepreneur

Paul Werbos: Can the NSF Return to Its Former Glory?