Nicholas and Auren discuss the evolving relationship between tech and media and the impact of social media platforms like Twitter on these industries. Nicholas shares insights into the tech industry's self-narratives and its influence on politics.
They also delve into the world of AI and its implications for journalism, from generating news stories to creating children's books. Nicholas discusses advertising challenges in the journalism industry, the dynamics of tech billionaires owning media companies, and the potential of conversation platforms like Speak Easy AI to foster positive conversations and political diversity.
Auren and Matt discuss the challenges of restoring trust in journalism and navigating politics in the digital age. Matt highlights the complicated nuances of getting a story right, the role of bias in journalism, and the need to protect free speech. He also discusses how Politico approached breaking the story of the leaked decision in the Supreme Court’s Dobbs case.
Matt and Auren also explore the evolving landscape of media coverage, and whether or not there’s a conspiracy against Gen X people.
Oren Etzioni was the founding CEO of the Allen Institute for AI, or AI2. He’s founded multiple companies that had successful exits, and he’s a professor emeritus at the University of Washington.
Oren Etzioni and host Auren Hoffman discuss Oren’s criteria for artificial general intelligence and what signs he’s looking for to indicate that we’re close to developing AGI. They talk about major issues in AI research right now, including the cost of compute, accessing data, and adversarial versus collaborative AI training methods.
Oren shares how AI2 has been able to spin out so many successful companies and how he's found the balance between running a research organization and a business.
You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and Oren Etzioni on Twitter at @etzioni