Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky won the prestigious Nobel prize in psychology on Monday for his groundbreaking work in developing a computer program that can “learn” to recognize faces.
Sapolsky, a former Harvard University professor, has been a vocal advocate for artificial intelligence in his field.
“A lot of what we do is cognitive, so when you do it in the brain, it can be pretty complex,” he said in a video on the prize website.
“It is a lot of time and energy, and it is a difficult thing to do.”
Saposky was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, which is reserved for scientists who have given important contributions to understanding human biology and medicine.
The Nobel Committee did not release any information about Sapolsks work.
His wife, Nancy, and his children, Max and Hannah, attended the ceremony.
In a video statement, Sapolski said he was honored to have won this prestigious award.
“The award is a great reminder that we are still developing and testing technologies that will lead to new and improved ways to help people, including our pets, and that we have the capacity to learn and improve,” he wrote.