About Voices in AI Podcast

Published and sponsored by Gigaom, Voices in AI is a new podcast that features in-depth interviews with the leading minds in artificial intelligence. It covers the gambit of viewpoints regarding this transformative technology, from beaming techno-optimism to dark dystopian despair.

The format features a single guest in an hour-long one-on-one interview with host Byron Reese. Featuring today’s most prominent authors, researchers, engineers, scientists and philosophers, the podcast explores the economic, social, ethical and philosophical implications of artificial intelligence. Conversation centers on familiar terrain relating to jobs, robots, and income inequality, yet also reaches more far-flung topics such as the possibility of conscious machines, robot rights, weaponized AI, and the possible re-definition of humanity and life itself. With a topic as rich as AI, there is seldom a slow moment.

The goal of the show is to capture this unique moment in time, where everything seems like it might be possible, both the good and the bad. Artificial intelligence isn’t overhyped.  The optimists and pessimists believe one thing in common: That AI will be transformative. Voices in AI strives to document that transformation.

About Your Host

Prominent futurist, accomplished technologist and patented AI practitioner, the host Byron Reese is the CEO and publisher of Gigaom, a technology research and analysis firm, dedicated to helping business leaders understand the implications of emerging technologies and their impacts on business, media, and society.

Byron’s newest book is titled “Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity,” and is set to be published in 2017 by Simon & Schuster. He is also the author of “Infinite Progress, How the Internet and Technology will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger and War.”

Byron also interviews and moderates AI discussions at his Gigaom Publisher’s Corner, which has thus far featured Stephen Wolfram, Andrew Ng, and Jerry Kaplan; Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe; Nobel laureate Kary Mullis; computer pioneer Ted Nelson; futurist George Dyson and scientist Aubrey de Grey, and publishes a daily AI Minute delivering a one-minute dose of the day’s hottest AI headlines.

Byron explores issues around artificial intelligence and conscious computers in his upcoming book The Fourth Age, to be published in April by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Pre-order a copy here.

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