AI

What's hot in consumer electronics right now?

Episode 1516

Josh from Redding, CA
man holding smartphone and typing on laptop

Josh would like to educate himself on consumer electronics and technology. Leo says that tablets and mobile have really moved into the game, even in the corporate arena, where Bring Your Own Devices is a thing now. Voice technologies like the Amazon Echo and Google Assistant are really hitting the mainstream, and with that, so is home automation. Drones are also big. And looking over the horizon, AI is going to be big.

Could artificial intelligence take over the world?

Episode 1447

Jim from Las Vegas, NV
Chess

Jim wanted to bring up a movie from 1970 called Colossus: The Forbin Project, which dealt with the futuristic unintended consequences of true artificial intelligence. If it is true artificial intelligence, it will be smarter than humans, and it'll realize it shouldn't leave its future to humans. Back in 1970, that seemed pretty far-fetched because there was no internet and computers weren't as sophisticated. But now we are much closer to this potentially being a reality.

Elon Musk is Worried about an AI Apocalypse

Episode 1406

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk is afraid that machines are getting smarter and smarter and he worries that they are an existential threat to humanity and may decide that they can rule over us or even worse, get rid of us. Leo thinks Musk has watched too many movies. Rodney Brooks, an artificial intelligence expert from MIT, said most people worried about that aren't working in AI, and he says that they aren't too worried because AI is too hard to perfect. Most are limited machines who can't move beyond their programming. It's a thin veneer of what looks like AI, but in reality, machines are pretty dumb.

Silicon Valley Gurus Pledge $1 Billion to Develop the Next Artificial Intelligence

Episode 1245

Elon Musk, along with other Silicon Valley gurus, have pledged $1 Billion to develop the next artificial intelligence. This will be an 'open' AI, and the idea is to not let any one company dominate the research for it. We want this AI to benefit humanity. It's non-profit, it vows to make its results public, and its patents will be royalty free, all to ensure that the scary prospect of computers surpassing human intelligence will not be the dystopia that some people fear.