Publisher's Note: For those who have been reading about or been interested in Artificial Intelligence (and who has not?), there are thousands of articles that vacillate between the boring and the fantastic. For most of us, the noise has become deafening.
In this week's issue, we're sharing a transcript of perhaps the most thoughtful conversation on AI I have yet to read (or hear). The combination of world-famous sci-fi (and AI) expert David Brin talking with technical master and Googler Joseph Smarr produced a series of pronouncements, deep dives, and discoveries that I think are both special and unique. It isn't surprising that the BBC's Ed Butler, our favorite interviewer, was in charge.
For those who would like to go beyond the usual issues and see through the eyes of a few people with big brains and big hearts, here is a proper discussion of AI and its impact on humans and society in the near, and far, future. - mra.