Artificial Intelligence — 4 AI Experts Examine the Truth

Software is Eating the World and AI is Eating Software

Amir Husain is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, and author based in Austin, Texas. He was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award, has been named Austin’s Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, and received the Austin Under 40 Technology and Science Award. Husain is the founder and CEO of SparkCognition, an award-winning artificial intelligence company. Amir is also the author of The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence which you can get from Amazon here or FREE here from Audible.

“Software is eating the world, and A.I. is eating software”

In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The nature of intelligence
  • Why we need to start having mature discussions around artificial intelligence to avoid disaster
  • How Amir and AI researchers think about consciousness and ethics
  • What people are not talking about when it comes to AI
  • Why Amir is optimistic about the future
  • The reason technological progress is inevitable
  • How humanity may (or may not) interact and co-exist with AI
  • The reason we must try to embed human values into AI/robotics
  • How the shift from public to private space companies is transforming industry
  • The other political and economic systems which autonomy may necessitate
  • How AI and big data have the tendency to accelerate inequality
  • Why the term artificial intelligence doesn’t really mean anything
  • Which industries will most benefit from AI

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Inside the Mind of a Human Artificial Intelligence

Robin Hanson is associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University with a doctorate in social science from CalTech, master’s degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has spent nine years as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA, has 3500 citations, 60 publications, 700 media mentions, and he blogs at OvercomingBias. Robin is also the author of The Elephant in the Brain — Hidden Motives in Everyday Life and co-authored The Age of Em — Work, Love and Life when Robots Own the World.

In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The reasons our culture values and norms are quickly changing
  • Why physics forced Robins to become an atheist
  • How Robin sees artificial intelligence progressing
  • The power of prediction markets and why we haven’t seen more uptick
  • Why brain emulation may be the most likely future scenario
  • The reason Robin prefers to be more like a historian than a futurist
  • Why we’ll never answer the hard problem of consciousness
  • Why economics is a great way to forecast the future
  • The problem with academia and education
  • Why Robin isn’t worried about breakout AI
  • Why Robin is sceptical of blockchains
  • The reason Robin signed up for cryonics
  • What folks should know about AI boom and bust cycles

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AI, Education and the Role of Women in Tech and Venture

Ann Miura-Ko has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Some of Ann’s investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, JoyRun, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth. Given the success of her investments she was on the 2017 Midas List of top 100 venture capitalists.

In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • How the space race and a NASA dad lead Ann to venture capital
  • How the venture ecosystem has evolved, especially for women, since 2001
  • The importance of living through and experiencing an economic downturn
  • What Ann believes needs to be changed about our education system to adapt to the coming changes
  • How AI will impact the job market/economy and why Ann is fundamentally optimism
  • Why we need more women and diversity in tech
  • How Ann sees developments in blockchain and cryptocurrency affect our society
  • Why Ann passed on investing in Airbnb
  • The little known truth about startup success

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Why VCs Suck at SciFi Tech Investing and Why AI and Synthetic Biology are the Industries of the Future

Pascal Finette is Fastrack’s Executive Director and Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation. He focuses on helping change makers tackle the most intractable problems of our times.

In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • How Pascal thinks about AI and the future of intelligence
  • The exciting space technology that no one is talking about
  • What happens to nation-states when humanity goes interplanetary
  • How and when genetic engineering will start to impact society
  • Why synthetic biology may in fact be the most exciting industry of our generation
  • How tariffs and NAFTA could affect investment in Canadian startups
  • Why traditional venture capital sucks for true moonshot businesses
  • Why Pascal is doubtful of a Skynet situation
  • Is China’s totalitarian regime a better system

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