Hello, my name is Shalev Lifshitz

AI Researcher Engineer Futurist

Striving to develop the future of technology. My goal is to spark the next wave of human innovation and help humanity reach a new evolutionary step.

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About Me

An AI Researcher and Engineer

I'm an AI researcher and engineer striving to develop the future of technology. With 6 years of AI experience in research and industry, I'm currently working with Prof. Sheila McIlraith at the University of Toronto and recently created a SOTA text-to-behavior agent called STEVE-1 which was accepted to NeurIPS 2023 as a spotlight paper. In this paper, we introduce a recipe for instruction-tuning foundation models of behavior in a scalable, self-supervised way.

I have co-authored a paper with the University of Waterloo that attempts to rethink the basic structure of Artificial Neural Networks by taking more inspiration from the human brain. I have also created and deployed algorithms that automatically understand CT scans at Claronav, a global leader in surgical navigation. In one of my prior research works, I propose a novel histopathology image retrieval algorithm that can help pathologists diagnose cancer and other diseases.

I first fell in love with the field of AI since it was the bridge between both of my passions: the brain and technology. Since then, I have spoken at various international conferences, aiming to inspire others to think about the future of AI and explore which questions need to be asked so that we are prepared for the future of artificial intelligence.

My goal? To spark the next wave of human innovation and help humanity reach a new evolutionary step.

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Paper: STEVE-1: A Generative Model for Text-to-Behaviour in Minecraft
Talk at SXSW 2023
Paper: Gram Barcodes for Histopathology Tissue Texture Retrieval
Panel at FiRe 2019: The Future of Human-AI Interaction
Paper: Subtractive Perceptrons for Learning Images: A Preliminary Report
Talk at IFA: Humanity & AI: Preparing for an Intelligent Future
Interview on Into Tomorrow
Feature on ARD German National Television
Talk at SXSW: Reforming Civilization with AI