AI Episodes

Artificial intelligence news and rumors, including the latest on GPT-3, trust, and safety.

Fri. 01/28 – Making GPT-3 Less Gross

Jan. 28, 2022

Ho hum. Apple reports its most revenue and profit in history. You’ll soon be able to unlock your iPhone while masked, even without the Apple Watch. The White House is readying a huge executive order on Crypto. The new versio…

Privacy AI

Wed. 04/21 – GDPR But For AI?

April 21, 2021

The EU proposes a big new regulatory framework for AI. A ransomware gang threatens to release Apple product schematics unless they get paid off. Fallout from yesterday’s Apple event including what you can and cannot put on y…


Wed. 01/06 – New GPT-3 Models Can Generate Images From Text

Jan. 6, 2021

There are two new GPT-3 models and now the robots have come for the graphic artists. Trump continues his tech cold war against China, but the question is, will Biden? WhatsApp is further absorbed into the Facebook mothership…


Wed. 09/23 – Microsoft “Exclusively” Licenses GPT-3

Sept. 23, 2020

All the announcements and headlines from Microsoft’s Ignite 2020. Microsoft is exclusively licensing Open AI’s GPT-3. Google has debuted an Airtable rival called Tables. Ming-Chi Kuo thinks we’ll see an iPad with mini-LED by…


Mon. 02/10 - The Race To Make The Cloud Redundant (For AI)

Feb. 10, 2020

The DOJ says the Chinese were behind the Equifax hack, MWC is becoming a ghost conference, the Razr reviews are in, the domain name is a weird story, and why ARM’s new edge chips could revolutionize the Internet of …


Mon. 01/27 - The AI That Spotted the Wuhan Virus Early

Jan. 27, 2020

Vine has a spiritual successor in Byte, the new razr might have “bumps and lumps,” your anti-virus program might be selling all your clicks, Seamless might be inventing restaurants from whole cloth, and the AI algorithm that…


Wed. 11/13 - The AI That Can Predict When You'll Die

Nov. 13, 2019

The new 16-inch MacBook pro might actually have a keyboard that works! Google wants you to bank with them. The Brave browser comes out of beta. And there’s an AI that can predict if you’ll die in the next year… but doctors d…


(Bonus) Building AI We Can Trust With Gary Marcus

Sept. 15, 2019

As I mentioned in the Weekend Longreads segment, Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis had an op ed in the times that has changed the way I think about the state of AI. But they’re also the authors of a great new book, Rebooting AI: …

Guest: Gary Marcus

Mon. 08/19 - The Silicon Chip To Define The AI Era?

Aug. 19, 2019

Libra gets competition, Spotify and Roku get family friendly, Amazon is sitting out the launch of Disney+ (for now), Ikea is serious about becoming a smart-home player, and can the world’s largest semiconductor chip kickstar…


Mon. 02/11 - Trump Wants US To Get Serious About AI

Feb. 11, 2019

The Trump Administration wants America to get serious about AI, Patch is actually profitable, Reddit raises a round, Apple Health for vets and hands on with AR navigation on Google Maps. Sponsors:…


Fri. 01/25 - AI Can Beat Us At Starcraft II Too (Also?)

Jan. 25, 2019

Now the AIs can defeat us at StarCraft II (too?), Zuckerberg wants to unify his collection of messaging apps, my grand unifying theory for the streaming video wars and of course the weekend longreads suggestions. Sponsors: …

Microsoft AI Regulation

Fri. 12/07 - Microsoft Calls for Regulation of AI

Dec. 7, 2018

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition AI, the Crypto market crash is starting to claim casualties, Reddit is quietly doing very well, thank you very much, and the Weekend Longreads suggestions.Sponsors:Metalab…


Fri. 10/26 - AI “Art” Fetches $400,000 at Auction

Oct. 26, 2018

The Tech earnings season earnings roundup, new DRM rules allow jailbreaking… for some things, China’s rival GPS system, AI “art” fetches $400,000 at auction and the weekend longreads suggestions. Links: Twitter Stock Soars…

Google AI

Friday, June 8, 2018 - Google's 7 Principles for AI

June 8, 2018

Google’s lays out ethical principles for AI development, Facebook has another privacy issue (again), why the next generation of gaming consoles might be the last, Yahoo Messenger logs off, and the weekend long-reads suggesti…

Meta AI

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - AI Announcements at F8

May 2, 2018

Facebook’s AI announcements from F8, LG announces G7 ThinQ, Apple earnings analysis, Snap earnings analysis, the Pentagon blocks the sale of Chinese phones, and can AI predict the next Avengers: Infinity War? Stories from: @…