Azeem on AI: Will Large Language Models Reshape Our Economies?

AZEEM AZHAR: Hi there, I’m Azeem Azhar. For the past decade, I’ve studied exponential technologies, their emergence, rapid uptake, and the opportunities they create. I wrote a book about this in 2021, it’s called The Exponential Age. Even with my expertise, I sometimes find it challenging to keep up with a fast pace of change in the field of artificial intelligence, and that’s why I’m excited to share a series of weekly insights with you where we can delve into some of the most intriguing questions about AI. In these first reflections, I will speak about why large language models can be considered a general purpose technology, meaning the kinds of technologies that can fundamentally change our economy. I recorded this initially for members of my Exponential View newsletter. If you want to stay in touch and hear more from your weekly, go to Now, let’s jump into a brief reflection on two questions.

One, can we consider large…

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