47 min

The case for AI optimism No Priors: Artificial Intelligence | Technology | Startups

    • Technology

AI doomerism and calls to regulate the emerging technology is at a fever pitch but today’s guest, Reid Hoffman is a vocal AI optimist who views slowing down innovation as anti-humanistic. Reid needs no introduction, he’s the co-founder of PayPal, Linkedin, and most recently Inflection AI which is building empathetic AI companions. He is also a board member at Microsoft and former board member at OpenAI. On this week’s episode, Reid joins Sarah and Elad to talk about the historical case for an optimistic outlook on emerging technology like AI, advice for workers who fear AI may replace them, and why it’s impossible to regulate before you innovate. Plus, some predictions.

Aside from his storied experience in technology, Reid is an author, podcaster, and political activist. Most recently, he co-authors a book with GPT 4 called Impromptu: Amplifying Our Humanity Through AI.

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Show Notes: 
(0:00) Reid Hoffman’s birdseye view on the state of AI
(3:37) AI and human collaboration in workflows
(5:23) What’s causing AI doomerism
(12:28) Advice for whitecollar workers
(16:45) Why Reid isn’t retiring
(18:25) How Inflection started
(22:06) Surprising ways people are using Inflection
(25:34) Western bias and AI ethics
(30:58) Structural challenges in governing AI
(33:15) Most exciting whitespace in AI
(35:00) GPT 5 and Innovations coming in the next two years
(44:00) What future should we be building?

AI doomerism and calls to regulate the emerging technology is at a fever pitch but today’s guest, Reid Hoffman is a vocal AI optimist who views slowing down innovation as anti-humanistic. Reid needs no introduction, he’s the co-founder of PayPal, Linkedin, and most recently Inflection AI which is building empathetic AI companions. He is also a board member at Microsoft and former board member at OpenAI. On this week’s episode, Reid joins Sarah and Elad to talk about the historical case for an optimistic outlook on emerging technology like AI, advice for workers who fear AI may replace them, and why it’s impossible to regulate before you innovate. Plus, some predictions.

Aside from his storied experience in technology, Reid is an author, podcaster, and political activist. Most recently, he co-authors a book with GPT 4 called Impromptu: Amplifying Our Humanity Through AI.

Sign up for new podcasts every week. Email feedback to show@no-priors.com
Follow us on Twitter: @NoPriorsPod | @Saranormous | @EladGil | @alyssahhenry

Show Notes: 
(0:00) Reid Hoffman’s birdseye view on the state of AI
(3:37) AI and human collaboration in workflows
(5:23) What’s causing AI doomerism
(12:28) Advice for whitecollar workers
(16:45) Why Reid isn’t retiring
(18:25) How Inflection started
(22:06) Surprising ways people are using Inflection
(25:34) Western bias and AI ethics
(30:58) Structural challenges in governing AI
(33:15) Most exciting whitespace in AI
(35:00) GPT 5 and Innovations coming in the next two years
(44:00) What future should we be building?

47 min

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