#5 - Artificial Intelligence (with Jakob Foerster)

 
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Joining the conversation today is Jakob Foerster; an artificial intelligence expert who recently helped develop a machine that solved the notoriously difficult ‘100 hat riddle’ used by Google and Goldman Sachs to weed out the highest calibre candidates during interviews . The neural network had to first figure out a way of communicating with other AIs before going on to solve the problem –Jakob explains that this is ‘basically a first step toward having machines that can communicate and collaborate’. Despite these achievements Jakob maintains a level head about the near future believing humans will continue to rule the machines for a while yet. This is a refreshing position given the recent warning issued by Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk that we may be near to creating something so powerful it cannot be controlled. Regardless of which future awaits us Jakob provides a fascinating insight into how artificial intelligence is already here and controlling everything from vehicles to the stock market and may very soon be creating music more emotional and beautiful than anything we can conceive of today.