Grading AI: The Hits and Misses


AZEEM AZHAR: Welcome to The Exponential View podcast where multidisciplinary conversations about the near future happen every week. Now, as an entrepreneur, investor, and analyst I've been inside the technology industry for over 20 years. During that time, I've observed that exponentially developing technologies are changing the face of our economies, business models, and culture in unexpected ways. Now, I return to this question every week in my newsletter Exponential View, in this podcast, as well as in my recent book The Exponential Age. So, in today's edition I wanted to look back and forward on one of the key technologies of the exponential age, artificial intelligence. We're about a decade into the current industrial boom in AI and I thought it was time to take a scorecard, look at what we've achieved, and how and perhaps what we didn't on which milestones have surprised us. To help me I called on a great experts Murray Shanahan, a senior research scientist at London's DeepMind, as well as a professor of cognitive robotics at Imperial College in London. Murray works on machine learning, consciousness, the impacts of artificial intelligence. He and I have known each other for a few years and have indeed done a podcast together previously. We appeared as guests on a show hosted by a technology investor. So, my challenge to Murray today was not simply to access the last 10 years of development, but to look forward to the next 10. It's a bold challenge and we did our best to look forward as well as back. MURRAY SHANAHAN: It's very nice to be here.