Bill Gates Says Superhuman AI Is Closer Than You Think

The Next Big Idea | 27 June 2024 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andy Sack and Adam Brotman about their book AI First, followed by a discussion with Bill Gates. Considers AI’s potential impact on healthcare, education, productivity, and business; the technology’s risks; and explores its potential to cure diseases, enhance creativity, and usher in a world of abundance.

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Con Slobodchikoff into the World of Animal Languages

WeBuzz by AnimalConcepts | 4 December 2020 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Con Slobodchikoff about using artificial intelligence technology to decode animal communication. Refutes the idea that animals don’t have thoughts and cannot communicate, and explains his revolutionary view on the non-existent gap between other animals and ourselves. Suggests that language extends to a variety of senses, instead of being single-sensory. Discusses why studying animal languages is so difficult; the importance sounds can have for animal caregivers in animal care and welfare programs; and how language studies can be carried out in zoos or aquariums. Draws from his books Chasing Doctor Dolittle and Prairie Dogs.

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Education 4o: How AI Will Revolutionize the Way We Learn

The Next Big Idea | 30 May 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sal Khan about his book Brave New Words: How AI Will Revolutionize Education (and Why That’s a Good Thing). Outlines the bright future for AI in education, with a personalised tutor for all, based in part on his experience developing Khanmigo for Khan Academy.

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Nick Bostrom on Deep Utopia

The Michael Shermer Show | 16 April 2024 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nick Bostrom about his book Deep Utopia: Life and Meaning in a Solved World. Discusses an AI Utopia and Protopia; Trekonomics and post-scarcity economics; the hedonic treadmill and positional wealth values; colonizing the galaxy; the Fermi paradox; mind uploading and immortality; Google’s Gemini AI debacle; LLMs, ChatGPT, and beyond; how would we know if an AI system was sentient?

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How Should I Be Using A.I. Right Now?

The Ezra Klein Show | 2 April 2024 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ethan Mollick about his book Co-Intelligence: Living and Working with A.I. Discusses how to use A.I. better, which chatbot to choose and techniques for how to get the most useful results, the strange, delightful and slightly unnerving ways that A.I. responds to us, and how you’ll get more out of any chatbot if you think of it as a relationship rather than a tool.

Ethan Mollick’s Substack One Useful Thing is a great read, especially about A.I. See also the Infinite Loops interview with him about his Substack.

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Marc Andreessen on AI and Dynamism

Conversations with Tyler | 13 March 2024 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marc Andreessen about the future of AI, including the biggest change we’ll see in the next five years, who will gain and lose status with the rise of LLMs, why open-source is important for national security, the best and worst parts of Biden’s AI directive, the most underrated energy source, what the US can do to speed up AI deployment, what gives him optimism about Gen Z, which thinker helps him make sense of American capitalism, and more.

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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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