#06 Steve Shwartz

In this episode of the Judgment Call Podcast Steve and I talk about:

  • Will AI be an existential challenge to humanity anytime soon?
  • What progress AI has been making and why it has sped up in the last 10 years so much?
  • Is AI already smarter than teenagers?
  • Is Twitter’s / Facebook AI evil?
  • Why are self-driving cars such bad drivers currently? Will self driving cars be autonomous very soon?
  • Are we inside a simulation and could we create one easily?
  • Has AI already changed the job market to be more short-term?
  • Will AI increase the quality of life?
  • What opportunities are there for entrepreneurs right now?

Steve Shwartz began his AI career as a postdoctoral researcher in the Yale University Artificial Intelligence Lab. Starting in the 1980s, Steve was a founder or cofounder of several AI companies, one of which created Esperant, which was one of the leading business intelligence products of the 1990s. As the AI Winter of the 1990s set in, Steve transitioned into a career as a successful serial software entrepreneur and investor and created several companies that were either acquired or had public offerings.  He is the author of “Evil Robots, Killer Computers, and Other Myths:  The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity” which will be published on February 9, 2021 by Fast Company Press and maintains a website www.AIPerspectives.com that contains a free, 400-page, online AI 101 textbook.

You can reach Steve at LinkedIn.

You can find the episode’s transcript here.