The power of generative models of Artificial intelligence like ChatGPT and Dall-E dominate the headlines, for good, and of course for bad, these days. They bring promise, yes, but also a kind of fear. So could they be a Frankenstein’s monster of a technology? Or something that could save the planet? And where did it all come from, anyway? In this, our first episode of a new season of Playing with Reality focusing on Artificial Intelligence, we take a look at the fascinating history of AI to discover more about how it went from a niche theoretical field to the world defining technology it is today, exploring its possibilities and potential dangers.
Host Menno Van Doorn also introduces his new co-host Tijana Nikolic, a Sogeti AI expert, who will be joining him all season to comment on the interviews and discuss the fascinating themes.
Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson is a trailblazer in emerging technologies such as machine vision and A.I. ethics, and dedicates her work to protecting human rights and infusing ethics, safety, and values into technologies like Artificial Intelligence. She is the Chair & Vice-Chair of the IEEE’s ECPAIS Transparency Experts Focus Group, and P7001 Transparency of Autonomous Systems committee on A.I. Ethics & Safety, where she helps to safeguard algorithmic trust in AI.
David Weinberger is an author, technologist, and speaker. Originally trained as a philosopher, David’s work focuses on how technology, particularly the internet and machine learning, is changing our ideas. Since 2004 he has been a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His books include Too Big to Know and Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility.