Harnessing AI for Social Good with Arnold Kling

AI, Government, and the Future by Alan Pentz | 24 January 2024 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Arnold Kling discussing the transformative potential of AI in government and society. Explores how AI chatbots will personalize learning and teaching, the dilemma of AI in the culture wars, and how to navigate the thin line between innovation and regulation in AI.

I highly recommend Arnold Kling’s Substack In My Tribe. Previous episodes include an EconTalk interview The Three Languages of Politics, Revisited and a Venture Stories interview What Arnold Kling Thinks About Basically Everything.

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The Age of Prediction | Igor Tulchinsky and Chris Mason

The James Altucher Show | 31 October 2023 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Igor Tulchinsky and Chris Mason about their book The Age of Prediction: Algorithms, AI, and the Shifting Shadows of Risk. Discusses the state-of-the-art for using artificial intelligence and big data to make better predictions, based on their experiences running a hedge fund and researching genetics and computational biology. Also covers the future for gene editing.

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Shane Legg – 2028 AGI, New Architectures, Aligning Superhuman Models

Dwarkesh Podcast | 26 October 2023 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Shane Legg discussing artificial general intelligence: why he expects AGI around 2028; how to align superhuman models; the new architectures needed for AGI; whether Deepmind has sped up capabilities or safety more; why multimodality will be the next big landmark; and more.

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Dario Amodei (Anthropic CEO) – $10 Billion Models, OpenAI, Scaling, & AGI in 2 years

Dwarkesh Podcast | 8 August 2023 | 1h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Dario Amodei, CEO of Anthropic, about what AI models are doing, why they scale so well, and what it will take to align them. Suggests that the timeline to AI akin to a generally well-educated human could be as short as 2–3 years.

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Will Everyone Have a Personal AI? With Mustafa Suleyman, Founder of DeepMind and Inflection

No Priors | 11 May 2023 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mustafa Suleyman discussing how his interests in counselling, conflict resolution, and intelligence led him to start an AI lab that pioneered deep reinforcement learning, lead applied AI and policy efforts at Google, and more recently found Inflection and launch Pi: the AI companion that knows you, is aligned to your interests, and provides companionship. Touches on his upcoming book, The Coming Wave.

Via the excellent The Valmy.

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Reid Hoffman on the Possibilities of AI

Conversations with Tyler | 28 June 2023 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Reid Hoffman about his book Impromptu: Amplifying Our Humanity Through AI. Discusses the optimal liability regime for LLMs, autonomous money-making bots, regulating AI, how AI will affect the media ecosystem and the communication of ideas, whether AI’s future will be open-source or proprietary, what he’d ask a dolphin, how higher education will change, and more.

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Ethan Mollick – How AI Changes Everything

Infinite Loops | 15 June 2023 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ethan Mollick about his Substack, One Useful Thing, which explains the rapid developments in the AI industry, describes how he has incorporated AI into his teaching, and provides practical guides on using AI in our daily lives. Discusses his rapid journey from AI skeptic to AI believer, that AI is already disruptive, unexpected AI use cases, how AI will impact education and accelerate entrepreneurship, the politics & geopolitics of AI, how to get unique results using AI, using AI to explore liminal spaces, the complex relationship between corporations and AI use, and more.

I recommend subscribing to Mollick’s Substack, One Useful Thing. There’s nothing like it in my experience for practical advice on how to use AI.

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Carl Shulman – Intelligence Explosion, Primate Evolution, Robot Doublings, & Alignment

The Lunar Society | 14 June 2023 | 2h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Carl Shulman discussing his model of an intelligence explosion, integrating everything from how fast algorithmic progress and hardware improvements in AI are happening; what primate evolution suggests about the scaling hypothesis; how soon before AIs could do large parts of AI research themselves, and whether there would be faster and faster doublings of AI researchers; how quickly robots produced from existing factories could take over the economy; the odds of a takeover based on whether the AI is aligned before the intelligence explosion happens, and why he’s more optimistic than Eliezer Yudkowsky.

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