Episode 33: A Conversation with Bryon Jacob

In this episode, Byron and Bryon talk about intelligence, consciousness, emergence, automation and more.

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Guest

Bryon is the CTO and co-founder of data.world - on a mission to build the world’s most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource. Bryon is a recognized leader in building large-scale consumer internet systems and an expert in data integration solutions.

Transcript

Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by Gigaom. I’m Byron Reese. Today my guest is Bryon Jacob. Bryon is an entrepreneur and technologist and is a CTO and co-founder of data.world, the social network for data. Bryon has been a coder since the age of ten, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, where he researched building cognitively realistic models of computation. Welcome to the show, Bryon. 

Bryon Jacobs: Thank you. Great to be here. 

Let’s start with the basics: What is artificial intelligence? 

Artificial intelligence is a human-built machine emulating what would be traditionally thought of as a cognitive task that a human being would have to do; something that emulates natural intelligence, but within a human-constructed machine. 

But let me take a step back even further then, what is intelligence?