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Voices in AI – Episode 29: A Conversation with Hugo LaRochelle

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

In this episode, Byron and Hugo discuss consciousness, machine learning and more.

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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 I’m excited; our guest is Hugo Larochelle. He is a research scientist over at Google Brain. That would be enough to say about him to start with, but there’s a whole lot more we can go into. He’s an Associate Professor, on leave presently. He’s an expert on machine learning, and he specializes in deep neural networks in the areas of computer vision and natural language processing. Welcome to the show, Hugo.

Hugo Larochelle: Hi. Thanks for having me.

I’m going to ask you only one, kind of, lead-in question, and then let’s dive … Read More »


Voices in AI – Episode 28: A Conversation with Mark Stevenson

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

In this episode, Byron and Mark discuss the future of jobs, energy and more.

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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 I’m excited we have Mark Stevenson. Mark is a London-based British author, businessman, public speaker, futurologist and occasionally musician and comedian. He is also a fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. His first book, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future was released in 2011 and his second one, We Do Things Differently came out in 2017. He also co-founded and helps run the London-based League of Pragmatic Optimists. Welcome to the show, Mark! 

Mark Stevenson: Thank you for having me on, Byron! It’s a pleasure.

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Voices in AI – Episode 27: A Conversation with Adrian McDermott

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

In this episode, Byron and Adrian discuss intelligence, consciousness, self-driving cars and more.

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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 our guest is Adrian McDermott, he is Zendesk’s President of Products where he works to build software for better customer relationships, including, of course, exploring how AI and machine learning impacts the way customers engage with businesses. Adrian is a Yorkshireman, living in San Francisco, and he holds a Bachelor of Science and Computer Science from De Montfort University. Welcome to the show, Adrian!

Adrian McDermott: Thanks, Byron! Great to be here!

My first question is almost always: What is artificial intelligence?

When I think about artificial intelligence, I think about AI as a system … Read More »


Will GDPR fail? Moving beyond the new regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a good thing, right? A recent discussion with Fieldfisher lawyer Hazel Grant confirmed that, despite its voluminous and bureaucratic outer appearance, it contains the essence of data protection law as present in the UK for over a decade, combined with the current state of best practice. Given that online privacy knows no borders, it will undoubtedly be better to have a single framework rather than being linked to any single nation or jurisdiction. Word is (for example, from this round-table discussion) that it will make the backbone of privacy law globally — if you’re a multinational, goes the thinking, it makes more sense to implement it once, rather than having different grades of regulation depending on the geography.

Neither is GDPR necessarily the end of the world for ill-prepared (and, potentially, previously in denial) … Read More »


2018 Angel Investment Forecast and Monthly Start-up Challenge

The Gigaom founding team is made up of lifetime entrepreneurs, so no surprise, we are super bullish about 2018.

One theme is constant: bright and ambitious entrepreneurs create new opportunities everyday by mapping rapidly advancing innovation to today’s challenges.

The theme is so powerful that is often hard to imagine what new businesses will be born. As investors, it is important to suspend disbelief and dream with the founders about their improved world view. What truth do they see that isn’t fully grasped by the general population? What does success look like if everything goes right?

In 2017, the exponential force of entrepreneurship continued to expand around the globe as “start-up know-how” continues to be democratized by blogs, conferences, and most importantly, by larger exits ($100M+) all over the world, which recycle gains into local start-up ecosystems. Successful local entrepreneurs … Read More »


Can Blockchain ‘transform’ healthcare? Simple answer: no.

We’d all love to see technology improve patient care, reduce diagnosis and therapy times and otherwise help us live longer, wouldn’t we? So could distributed ledger technology Blockchain hold the key? In a recent article on PoliticsHome, Member of Parliament John Mann highlighted a couple of areas where Blockchain might offer “transformative potential” to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS):

“By enabling ambulance workers, paramedics, and A&E staff instant access to medical records updated in real-time, medical care could be carefully targeted to a person’s specific needs. The ability to upload results of scans, blood samples and test results and have them accessed by the next practitioner near-instantly, without the risk of error offers the chance to improve survival rates in emergency care and improve care standards across our health service,” he wrote.

While the Rt. Hon. Mr Mann (or his advisors) … Read More »