Episode 23: A Conversation with Pedro Domingos

In this episode Byron and Pedro talk about the master algorithm, machine creativity, and the creation of new jobs in the wake of the AI revolution.

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Guest

Pedro Domingos is a computer science professor at the University of Washington and author of "The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake our World."

Transcript

Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by Gigaom. I’m Byron Reese. Todayour guest is Pedro Domingosa computer science professor at the University of Washington, and the author of The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake our World. Welcome to the show, Pedro. 

Pedro Domingos: Thanks for having me. 

What is artificial intelligence? 

Artificial intelligence is getting computers to do things that traditionally require human intelligence, like reasoning, problem solving, common sense knowledge, learning, vision, speechand language understanding, planning, decision making and so on.  

And is it artificial in the sense that artificial turf is artificial—in that it isn’t really intelligence, it just looks like intelligence? Or is it actually truly intelligent, and it’s just the “artificial” demarks that we created it?