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Are There Infinite Jobs?

The following is an excerpt from GigaOm publisher Byron Reese’s new book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity. You can purchase the book here.

The Fourth Age explores the implications of automation and AI on humanity, and has been described by Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder Bob Metcalfe as framing “the deepest questions of our time in clear language that invites the reader to make their own choices. Using 100,000 years of human history as his guide, he explores the issues around artificial general intelligence, robots, consciousness, automation, the end of work, abundance, and immortality.”

One of those deep questions of our time:

When the topic of automation and AI comes up, one of the chief concerns is always technology’s potential impact on jobs. Many fear that with the introduction of wide-scale automation, there will be no … Read More »


Voices in AI – Episode 44: A Conversation with Gaurav Kataria

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

In this episode, Byron and Gaurav discuss machine learning, jobs, and security.

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Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

Byron Reese: This is voices and AI brought to you by GigaOm. I am Byron Reese. Today our guest is Gaurav Kataria. He is the VP of Product over at Entelo. He is also a guest lecturer at Stanford. Up until last month, he was the head of data science and growth at Google Cloud. He holds a Ph.D. in computer security risk management from Carnegie Mellon University. Welcome to the show Gaurav!

Gaurav Kataria: Hi Byron, thank you for inviting me. This is wonderful. I really appreciate being on your show and having this opportunity to talk to your listeners.

So let’s start with definitions. What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence, … Read More »


Master Data Management Joins the Machine Learning Party

In a normal master data management (MDM) project, a current state business process flow is built, followed by a future state business process flow that incorporates master data management. The current state is usually ugly as it has been built piecemeal over time and represents something so onerous that the company is finally willing to do something about it and inject master data management into the process. Many obvious improvements to process come out of this exercise and the future state is usually quite streamlined, which is one of the benefits of MDM.

I present today that these future state processes are seldom as optimized as they could be.

Consider the following snippet, supposedly part of an optimized future state.

This leaves in the process four people to manually look at the product, do their (unspecified) thing and (hopefully) pass it along, but … Read More »


Is an AGI Possible?

The following is an excerpt from GigaOm publisher Byron Reese’s new book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity. You can purchase the book here.

The Fourth Age explores the implications of automation and AI on humanity, and has been described by Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder Bob Metcalfe as framing “the deepest questions of our time in clear language that invites the reader to make their own choices. Using 100,000 years of human history as his guide, he explores the issues around artificial general intelligence, robots, consciousness, automation, the end of work, abundance, and immortality.”

One of those deep questions of our time:

Is an artificial general intelligence, or AGI, even possible? Most people working in the field of AI are convinced that an AGI is possible, though they disagree about when it will happen. In this … Read More »


Voices in AI – Episode 43: A Conversation with Markus Noga

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

In this episode, Byron and Markus discuss machine learning and automation.

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Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

Byron Reese: This is Voices In AI brought to you by GigaOm, I’m Byron Reese. Today, my guest is Marcus Noga. He’s the VP of Machine Learning over at SAP. He holds a Ph.D.in computer science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and prior to that spent seven years over at Booz Allen Hamilton working on helping businesses adopt and transform their businesses through IT. Welcome to the show Markus.

Markus Noga: Thank you Byron and it’s a pleasure to be here today.

Let’s start off with a question I have yet to have two people answer the same way. What is artificial intelligence?

That’s a great one, and it’s sure something that few … Read More »


Interview with Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen is an engineer, inventor, and businessman. He holds hundreds of U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for medical devices including the  iBOTTM  mobility device, the first wearable infusion pump, the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics. He is perhaps best known for his invention of the Segway® Human Transporter.

He founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation as well as FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a global organization dedicated to helping young people understand and enjoy science and technology.

Kamen has received many awards including the National Medal of Technology in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002, and he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.

What follows is an interview between Dean Kamen and Byron Reese, publisher of GigaOm, and author of the new book The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity. … Read More »