Azeem’s Picks: AI’s Near Future with Jürgen Schmidhuber

AZEEM AZHAR: Hello, I’m Azeem Azhar. Eight years ago I started Exponential View to explore the underlying forces driving the development of exponential technologies. I’m a child of the exponential age, born the year after Intel released the 4004, the world’s first single-chip microprocessor. I got my first computer in 1981. I’m holding it as I speak. And as I moved into adulthood, the internet was growing exponentially, transforming from a tool of academia to the worldwide utility it is today. I at least did not grow exponentially with it. Now, back in 2015 when I started writing Exponential View, I’d noticed something curious was going on. You could feel the pace picking up. New technologies were clearly on some kind of accelerating trend. One of these technologies is artificial intelligence, so today, I’m going to bring back a conversation with one of the original AI pioneers, Jürgen Schmidhuber. Jürgen is one of the most influential figures in…

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