Terence Tao on proof checkers and AI programs

Mathematics is typically done in isolation, as seen with Andrew Wiles taking seven years to prove Fermat’s theorem. However, modern methods such as formalizing proofs have opened up new opportunities for collaboration, allowing for the verification of complex proofs by computers. Terence Tao believes this approach, combined with advances in artificial intelligence, will revolutionize the field. The use of tools like Lean allows for large-scale collaborations on mathematical projects, breaking down tasks into manageable pieces. The future may see AI assisting mathematicians in generating and verifying proofs efficiently, potentially revolutionizing how mathematics is done.


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