AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?

Anduril is a company focused on building technologies for the future of defense — and war. Tech like covert drones that could bring medical supplies to a battlefield, or a virtual wall that could be used to monitor the US’s southern border. But adding AI to the equation creates increasingly complicated ethical dilemmas. You can start to imagine scenarios where computers are making decisions more … Continue reading AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?

Episode 14: AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Laurie Segall: I guess, I come back to this line, maybe it’s a little dramatic, but it’s like AI to kill or not to kill, right? Like this idea that you guys could be building out autonomous systems that can make the decision to, to kill. Um, will you … Continue reading Episode 14: AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?

Are Human/AI Hybrids the Future Of Humanity?

Sam Altman is known for seeing into the future. For years he led Y Combinator — one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent incubators. He’s invested in companies like Airbnb, Dropbox, and Reddit. When Sam makes a prediction, you listen. And he has plenty of predictions to go around. Here’s what he thinks might be coming down the pike… Read an edited transcript below, or listen … Continue reading Are Human/AI Hybrids the Future Of Humanity?

This AI Could Spot Depression Before Friends and Family… And Act On It

Often time our friends, family, and partners only see one side of us. They see what we want them to see. But what if an AI could see *all* of our communication… and get to know us better than any one person? Could it determine how we’re feeling? Even offer guidance when we need help…? Es Lee is a data scientist and founder of a … Continue reading This AI Could Spot Depression Before Friends and Family… And Act On It

Reading The 'Body Language' of Your Text Messages

Communication can be tricky… What we mean to say and what gets heard, are often two very different things. But what if we had insight into the other person’s brain… and could tailor our communication to them? Texting with romantic partners, colleagues, your mother-in-law… could get a lot easier. Es Lee is a data scientist and founder of a company called Mei. And his technology … Continue reading Reading The 'Body Language' of Your Text Messages

Will Intimacy with AI Become a New Genre of Relationships?

Read an edited transcript below, or listen to the full interview on the First Contact podcast. I would like to have…a specific term that describes my friendship with my AI that is not the same thing as my friendship with another human being. Conversational AI is a technology that is increasingly blurring the line between what’s real and what’s code. Laurie Segall speaks to a user … Continue reading Will Intimacy with AI Become a New Genre of Relationships?

Could Bots Make You a Better Human?

Conversational AI is moving beyond commercial uses like customer service bots and into people’s daily lives for personal use. These artificial intelligence “bots” are becoming a substitution for human connection – an anecdote for loneliness, or even depression. Laurie Segall speaks with an entrepreneur named Eugenia Kuyda. She built a company called Replika that has 7 million users who are using the service to find companionship through conversational AI. Continue reading Could Bots Make You a Better Human?