TED talks on AI you should be listening to
TED talks are known to empower us with knowledge. We’ve put together the best TED talks on AI from experts, researchers, philosophers, and believers in better technology.

TED talks on AI you should be listening to

Philipp Gerbert: The basics of AI for business

In this talk, AI pathfinder Philipp Gerbert demystifies AI. He says that AI is not necessarily a complex tool for business. However, it is often misunderstood because of the ambiguity that we tend to build around it. In its truest essence, AI is simple if we really understand what it is capable of and how it can be leveraged for business’s needs. If you are looking to get a first glimpse of what AI is and what it can do for a business, you need to listen to this TED talk.

Stuart Russell: 3 principles for creating safer AI

There are always two sides to anything. Even if that were a new disruptive technology that is impacting the way we look at the world around us or do business with customers. How can we harness the power of AI technology when we don’t understand it fully? And what if this AI technology goes rogue and rains a catastrophe on humans? The path toward building and enhancing this technology is progressive. And it is essential to keep in mind the cons of a new technology while we are building it. AI pioneer, Stuart Russell, talks about something different that he is building – robots with uncertainty – and how it will keep AI safe against us.

Kai-Fu Lee: How AI can save our humanity

AI is not new, but the applications of AI is new to us. We are still exploring the different ways in which AI can benefit us and our businesses. AI is dramatically transforming our lives and the world we live in. The possibilities are endless. In this visionary talk, computer scientist, Kai-Fu Lee shows us the blueprint for how we humans can thrive in the age of artificial intelligence, and how we can do it by harnessing creativity. He also sheds light on how the United States and Chine are at the forefront of a deep learning revolution.

Grady Booch: Don’t fear superintelligent AI

It is only understandable that when there is a new emerging technology, one that is highly influential, there tends to be new anxieties. One such technology that has sprouted and impacts our lives is artificial intelligence. Some of the common anxieties take the form of questions such as – Will AI take over our jobs? Will it take over the world? Will it replace humans? Scientist and philosopher, Grady Booch, says that we don’t need to fear this new technology called AI. He puts our fears to rest by demonstrating that it all trails back to what we teach these super computers and how we teach them. Instead of worrying about an unreal existential threat, he instructs that we team the super intelligent computers, human values and not programs.  

Sebastian Thrun and Chris Anderson: What AI is – and isn’t

Automation is the starting point of artificial intelligence. Most of our working hours are filled with tasks that are monotonous, repetitive – tasks we’d rather hand over to someone more inclined on doing it. But humans are more than that, we reek of creativity. Without which we wouldn’t have evolved to be where we are. Without creativity there wouldn’t be any inventions and discoveries, including AI. Educator and entrepreneur, Sebastian Thrun talks about how we should use AI to free humanity of the repetitive and monotonous work so that we use that time to get back to being creative. In fact, for this reason and more, we shouldn’t hide away from AI. Instead we should embrace it and allow it to take care of the boring tedious work that we spend our waking hours doing.  

Adam Cutler: Can we be friends with our AI?

For us to be in control over the technology that we are building, particularly when that technology is super intelligent computers, we need to build a meaningful relationship with it. AI is capable of thinking and behaving like humans. And so, we have, knowingly or unknowingly begun forming relationships with them in a superficial way today. For instance, we name our favorite car, we are heartbroken when our phone breaks. This is because we are that invested in the tool or technology and have come to see it as part of our personality. But what if we could take this a step further and form a deeper emotional bond with our AI machines? This is what IBM designer, Adam Cutler, explores in this TED talk.

Max Tegmark: How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI

The things we build, the technologies we invent, are all meant to empower us to do better. Most artificial intelligence, machine learning researchers and experts, expect that this technology will soon outsmart us in all the tasks we do. Remember when IBM’s Deep Blue beat chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997 in a six-game chess match? MIT physicist and AI researcher, Max Tegmark, in this TED talk aims to separate the practical and real-world opportunities that lies for AI, from the threats that arise from our misconception of AI.

Kriti Sharma: How to keep human bias out of AI

Humans are biased – our brain is wired that way. And for the right reasons – it helps us make decisions faster. As the creators of AI, is there a possibility that we have built these machines with our biases encrypted in them. And what happens if we are built systems with our biases coded into their system. Technologist, Kriti Sharma, explores how diversity or the lack of it can affect the kind of AI we build.

Ayanna Howard: Why we need to build robots we can trust

The algorithms that power the AI technology learn continuously from our behavior (and our biases). Is there a way in which we can train or teach them to be better and more just that us? To rephrase this, Roboticist, Ayanna Howard, in this TED talk, explores how we as humans can be accountable in our relationships with machines and in what we teach them.

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