#48 – Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Artificial Intelligence, Free Will, Consciousness, Religion)

In this episode of the Judgment Call Podcast Blaise Aguera y Arcas and I talk about:

  • What inspired Blaisee to work so close to the ‘bleeding edge’ of innovation and technology for so many years
  • Is the missing ‘explainability’ of AI really a problem?
  • Why the complexity of languages (and it’s efficiency) is underrated?
  • The impact of the ‘surveillance economy’ on customer perception – will it stay a ‘cat and mouse game’?
  • Why the protection of our privacy is “required for survival”?
  • How much of an advance will GPT-5 be? Will we become ‘data slaves’ to AI?
  • Is there room for ‘personal opinions’ with AIs? Will AI optimize for ‘survival’? Does humanity even ‘optimize for survival’?
  • Why ‘developed countries’ have such low rates of fertility compared to ‘developing countries’?
  • Is ‘utility’ as a concept really at the core of ‘How the world works’?
  • Should we fear AI overlords? Or should we embrace them?
  • Is ‘Free Will’ a useful illusion? Is empathy a necessary precursor to consciousness?
  • What is the relationship between religion and AI?

You may watch this episode on Youtube – The Judgment Call Podcast Episode #48 – Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Artificial Intelligence, Free Will and Consciousness plus Religion).

Blaise is a software engineer, software architect, and designer. His TED presentations have been rated some of TED’s ‘most jaw-dropping.’

After working with Microsoft for seven years he now heads Cerebra, a Google Research organization.