«Except from scientists and plumbers all other professions may be reproduced by a machine». Tomaso Poggio is the most important Italian neuroscientist and one of the most renowned teachers at MIT in Boston. He dedicated his life to the solution of problems, both big and small ones, and over the years he discovered things that were unthinkable until recently on the intelligence of machines and computers. The role of the scientist – he argues - is, however, more complex than what you would think: he must also be a good psychologist and an astute manager, able to raise funds for his research.
Tomaso Poggio has been teaching and working as a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston for over thirty years. Since 1981 he is Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and now heads the Center for biological and computational learning: his studies and publications mainly focus on the reproduction of human intelligence in machines and computers. Tomaso Poggio is a member of the American Mathematical Society and of the Optical Society. In 1979 he won the medal of the Max Planck Society, and in 1982 the Columbus Prize of the International Institute of Communications.