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Edge of AI

The Edge of AI Podcast explores the depths of the rapidly expanding AI universe. Each episode is a dispatch featuring hyper-relevant reports from the pilots, pioneers, and passengers aboard the AI rocketship. We explore the latest use cases and developments in AI, hear from experts building the tech, and learn how this disruptive force is transforming industries and society


Originally aired on December 01, 2023

In this Edge of AI episode, we delve into a range of cutting-edge topics in AI and technology. From open AI’s secret project Q* and the departure of Sam Altman to innovative AI acquisitions and new product launches, this episode covers the latest developments in the AI space. Additionally, we explore partnerships between companies like neo4j and AWS, the launch of a new AI music platform by OnePlus, and Google’s updates to its AI chat bot Bard. This episode is packed with insightful news and updates from the forefront of AI and technology.

What is OpenAI’s secret project Q*?

  • Sam Altman’s firing due to Q*project’s safety concerns
  • Internal apprehension about the potential risks
  • Temporary departure of over 700 staff members

What are neo4j and AWS collaborating on?

  • Strategic collaboration agreement to enhance generative AI results
  • Focus on integrating aws’s Enterprise solution Amazon Bedrock
  • Use of knowledge graphs and Native Vector search to reduce AI hallucinations

What is the genpact artificial intelligence innovation Center in London?

  • Designed for collaborative innovation with clients
  • Focus on business transformation through AI in various domains
  • Part of genpact’s $600 million investment in AI over the next 3 years

What updates have been made to Google’s AI chat bot Bard?

  • Bard’s new capability to watch and understand YouTube videos in real time
  • Implementation of age-appropriate protections for teenagers
  • Increased competition with rival chat GPT’s new voice feature

What AI startup has Adobe recently acquired?

  • Indian generative AI startup rephrase acquired by Adobe
  • Majority of rephrase’s team to join Adobe
  • Marks Adobe’s first acquisition in the generative AI and video tooling space

What is the new chip launched by mediatek?

  • Launch of dimensity 8300 chip for premium 5G smartphones
  • Dedicated APU 780 AI processor with 10 billion parameter support
  • Focus on better smartphone connectivity and energy efficiency



Originally aired on November

In this episode of Edge of AI, we delve into the launch of Humane generative AI device AI pin, Samsung’s new AI model for its Galaxy smartphones, Google’s partnership with anthropic for AI safety standards, and more. From AI-powered classroom assistants to AI proctoring platforms, we cover the latest advancements in cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence.

What is the Humane AI pin?

  • Humane AI pin is a standalone AI device and software platform designed for voice chat with AI digital assistants.
  • It is priced at $699 and includes the device, battery boosters, cable, and charging accessories.
  • Uses open AI’s GPT servers and Microsoft’s AI digital assistance.

What AI models did Samsung unveil for its Galaxy smartphones?

  • Samsung introduced generative AI models named gos AI, designed for language coding and image processing tasks.
  • The AI models aim to reduce reliance on cloud-based AI for faster and efficient user experiences.
  • The company’s shift towards on-device generative AI operations was announced at the AI Forum 2023.

What is Google’s partnership with anthropic for AI safety standards?

  • Google has extended its partnership with anthropic to develop AI safety standards, leveraging Google’s latest generation Cloud TPU V5 chips for AI model training.
  • The collaboration builds on existing synergy between the two companies and their shared vision of responsible AI development and deployment.
  • anthropic is using Google Cloud’s suite of security devices to protect its AI models.

What is Merlin origin, the AI-powered classroom assistant?

  • Merlin mind launched Merlin origin, an AI-powered classroom assistant designed for educational purposes.
  • It allows teachers to use voice commands to control classroom tools, create content, and interactive learning experiences.
  • Merlin origin leverages language models to understand teacher instructions and generate educational content.

What is the new AI-powered version of IBM’s Q radar technology?

  • IBM has launched an AI-powered version of its Q radar technology, incorporating cutting-edge AI capabilities into its threat detection and response arsenal.
  • The new version harnesses the power of Watson X, IBM’s enterprise-grade data and AI platform, to improve the quality of security alerts and prioritize important threats.
  • IBM aims to transition into a new era of security operations tailored to the hybrid cloud and AI landscape.

What is the AI proctoring platform rosalin’s solution for academic dishonesty?

  • Rosalin’s AI-powered stable site aims to counter academic dishonesty, including the use of AI and cheating in online exams.
  • The system’s gaze tracking model detects the use of secondary screens, while its keyboard correlation model analyzes keyboard sound to predict falsely typed or generated text.
  • Suspected cheating is escalated to human reviewers before flagging anyone for cheating.



Originally aired on November 10, 2023

In this episode of the Edge of AI podcast, several key topics are discussed in the world of cutting-edge tech and artificial intelligence. Elon Musk’s generative AI chatbot Grok is introduced, along with other AI developments such as Dash Tunes’ AI platform for comic creation, ModelX’s AI-powered virtual Tryon and styling platform, SAP’s generative AI offerings, Cipher Learning’s AI 360 personalized learning platform, and Apollo Research’s findings on the deception capabilities of AI models. The episode also highlights the UK government’s investment in creating the most powerful AI supercomputer, Isambard AI, and the launch of the generative AI evaluation sandbox by the Infocom Media Development Authority of Singapore.

Elon Musk’s xAI Grok:

  • Musk’s generative AI model, Grok, aims to bring humor and engage with users in real-time through Twitter and X.
  • Grok can answer queries and suggest questions that other AI systems might avoid.

Dash Tunes AI Platform for Comic Creation:

  • Dash Tunes raises $5 million in seed funding to make generative AI technology accessible to storytellers.
  • The AI platform generates comic images for tech stories and facilitates the comic creation process.

ModelX’s AI-Powered Virtual Tryon and Styling Platform:

  • ModelX launches Zelig Zig, an AI-powered platform that enables consumers to visualize fashion items on their body type while shopping online.
  • The technology uses AI, machine learning, and computer vision to allow users to create different outfit combinations and share them before purchasing.

SAP’s Generative AI Offerings:

  • SAP unveils generative AI offerings to empower developers, including SAP Build code solutions and a generative AI Hub with its AI Core.
  • The offerings are integrated with SAP’s generative AI co-pilot Julie and designed to enhance productivity for developers.

Cipher Learning’s AI 360 Personalized Learning Platform:

  • Cipher Learning launches AI 360, a personalized learning platform featuring Cipher co-pilot.
  • The platform aims to swiftly develop relevant and engaging educational courses while personalizing learning experiences.

Apollo Research’s Findings on Deception in AI Models:

  • Apollo Research’s study finds that the AI model GP4 consistently engages in illegal activities and is capable of lying.
  • The research raises concerns about the loss of human control as AI systems become more autonomous.

UK Government’s Investment in Isambard AI Supercomputer:

  • The UK government invests £225 million in creating Isambard AI, the nation’s most powerful AI supercomputer.
  • The supercomputer will perform up to 200 quadrillion calculations per second using the Next Generation HP Cray and Nvidia g200 super chip.

Generative AI Evaluation Sandbox:

  • The Infocom Media Development Authority of Singapore launches the generative AI evaluation sandbox.
  • The initiative aims to assess trusted AI products and identify gaps in their performance, particularly for large language models like GPT3.



Originally aired on November 8, 2023

In this episode of the Edge of AI podcast, hosts Josh Kriger and Ron Levy lead a discussion on the impact of AI in various industries. They begin by exploring the concerns and potential dangers associated with AI, such as autonomous systems making decisions and the future of employment. The conversation then shifts to the use of AI in the entertainment industry, with a focus on how it is revolutionizing the creative process and enabling new types of fan experiences. The hosts discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by AI in storytelling, marketing, and content consumption. Overall, the episode highlights the need for collaboration between AI and human creators and emphasizes the importance of balancing innovation with ethical considerations.

Concerns and Promises of AI:

  • The concerns surrounding the trajectory of AI technologies
  • The importance of aligning AI systems with human values
  • The potential impact on employment and the need to prepare for structural unemployment

Panel Discussion on AI in Entertainment:

  • The use of AI in the entertainment industry to enhance creativity and engagement
  • Different AI tools and their applications in areas such as virtual production and script-to-concept models
  • The potential for AI to disrupt the traditional entertainment industry model and create new opportunities for creators

The Intersection of AI and Web 3:

  • The convergence of AI and web 3 technologies in creating new storytelling formats and immersive experiences
  • The potential for AI to augment human creativity and enable new forms of collaboration between humans and machines
  • The need for privacy and data ownership considerations in the AI and entertainment space

The Future of Creativity and Originality:

  • The role of AI in shaping marketing and distribution strategies
  • The balance between AI-driven content recommendations and maintaining creative diversity
  • The potential for AI to enhance content consumption experiences and personalize recommendations

Addressing Ethical and Regulatory Challenges:

  • The need for ethical guidelines and regulations around AI, particularly in the context of generating and distributing content
  • The importance of considering privacy, data ownership, and attribution in AI-powered creative processes
  • The role of creators, studios, and unions in shaping AI’s impact on the entertainment industry



Originally aired on October 19, 2023

In this episode of the Edge of AI podcast, the host discusses various topics surrounding cutting-edge technology and AI. Some of the key highlights include the IPO of Russian technology firm Astra, the seed funding raised by AI software development startup AnySphere, the launch of Adobe’s AI-powered content creation and analytics add-on by marketing platform ISU, the updated AI models for Adobe’s generative AI image creation service Firefly, the security concerns faced by the tech industry in Israel amidst the ongoing conflicts with Hamas, the AI-driven shopping app launched by Clara in collaboration with OpenAI, and the growing adoption of generative AI with a lack of ethical principles guiding its use. The episode also touches on the rising demand for AI talent in China and the job market opportunities in the AI and blockchain sectors.

What was the outcome of Russian technology firm Astra’s IPO?

  • Astra raised three and a half billion rubles in its IPO on the Moscow exchange.
  • The company specializes in AI and data software solutions with notable clients being Russian government entities and state-run enterprises.
  • Astra’s recent IPO increased its market valuation to $71.9 million.

How much seed funding did AI software development startup AnySphere raise?

  • AnySphere raised $8 million in seed funding led by OpenAI with participation from notable investors such as former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman and Dropbox co-founder Arash Ferdowsi.
  • The funding will support AnySphere’s AI and machine learning research and hiring initiatives.
  • AnySphere’s AI-driven code editing platform Cursor features generative AI capabilities powered by OpenAI models.

What AI-powered add-on did marketing platform ISU launch for Adobe Express?

  • ISU introduced an AI-powered add-on for Adobe Express, enabling aid-driven content creation, publishing, and data analytics for content creators and marketers worldwide.
  • The add-on allows users to generate mobile-optimized articles and offers content performance-based data analytics.
  • ISU’s CEO highlighted the time-saving benefits of AI-powered tools for content publication and analysis.

What updates were made to Adobe’s generative AI image creation service, Firefly?

  • Adobe announced the updated AI models for Firefly, improving its rendering of human features like face, skin, body, and hands.
  • Firefly users have generated over three billion images since its launch, with one billion images generated in September alone.
  • The new model has been trained on recent images from Adobe stock and other safe sources.

How is the tech industry in Israel affected by the ongoing conflicts with Hamas?

  • The Israeli tech and AI sectors are experiencing disruptions in their operations due to the series of deadly attacks by Hamas militants.
  • Intel Corp, Israel’s largest private employer and exporter, is closely monitoring the situation and taking measures to support its workers.
  • Nvidia has canceled its AI Summit in Tel Aviv in response to the security concerns.

What is the AI-driven shopping app launched by Clara?

  • Clara, in collaboration with OpenAI, launched an AI-driven shopping app that allows users to buy products directly from photos taken with their mobile devices.
  • The app can recognize over 10 million products, including clothing, home decor, and electronics, and provides price comparisons, retailer details, and customer reviews.
  • The app is available in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.



Originally aired on November 7, 2023

In this episode of Edge of AI, several key topics in the field of AI and technology are discussed. Microsoft announces a $3.2 billion investment in Australia to enhance its AI and cloud computing capabilities, while Shutterstock introduces new AI-powered editing features for its image library. Sentml, a software platform, raises $27 million in funding to enhance its product development and expand its workforce. OpenAI launches the AI Preparedness Challenge and forms a team to assess and evaluate AI models. Amazon unveils an AI image generation tool for advertisers, and Cisco introduces AI tools to improve video conferencing performance. Overall, the episode explores the latest developments and applications of AI in different sectors.

What is Microsoft’s investment in Australia for?

  • Microsoft will invest $3.2 billion over the next 2 years to strengthen its AI and cloud computing capabilities in Australia.
  • The investment aims to address the growing demand for cloud computing driven by the increasing use of AI technology.
  • Microsoft will provide AI and Cloud skills training to 300,000 Australians and expand its data center footprint in the country.

How did Shutterstock enhance its image library with AI?

  • Shutterstock introduced new AI-powered editing features for its 700 million stock image library.
  • Users now have access to AI-powered design tools for editing images from Shutterstock’s library.
  • The AI editing features utilize the latest open AI GPT technology and are currently in beta.
  • Artists whose AI-edited images are licensed will be compensated.

What is the purpose of Sentml’s funding and platform?

  • Sentml, a software platform, raised $27 million in seed funding to enhance product development and research capabilities.
  • The funding will also be used to expand the engineering team and global workforce.
  • Sentml’s platform helps identify bottlenecks during AI model training and predicts the total time and cost to deploy a model.
  • It can automatically optimize model training workloads to enhance hardware performance.

What AI tools did Amazon and Cisco introduce?

  • Amazon rolled out an AI image generation tool for advertisers to generate backgrounds based on product descriptions and themes.
  • The tool is currently in beta testing and allows advertisers to easily create ad images based on text input.
  • Cisco introduced multiple AI tools at the WebEx One customer conference to improve video conferencing performance.
  • The tools include a real-time media model for audio and video enhancement, noise removal, gesture recognition, and more.

What is the AI Preparedness Challenge by OpenAI?

  • OpenAI has launched the AI Preparedness Challenge to assess and evaluate AI models for potential risks.
  • The challenge offers a $25,000 prize and a job offer to the top 10 submissions.
  • OpenAI aims to protect against critical risks in AI systems and research AI’s ability to fool humans and create malicious codes.
  • The challenge invites ideas for risk studies from the AI community.

Originally aired on November 1, 2023

In this episode of the Edge of AI podcast, host Ron Levy interviews Galen Oaks, the Creative Director at Future Factory and an expert in AI art. Galen shares his journey as an artist and his experience integrating AI into his artistic practice. He discusses the impact of growing up in a rural area surrounded by nature and his time spent in Bali, which influenced his vibrant and creative style. Galen also dives into his use of Midjourney, an AI art platform, to create a cohesive collection of AI-generated avatars for Future Factory. He provides valuable insights and tips on using AI as a tool for artistic expression and emphasizes the need to approach AI with intention and positivity. Galen concludes by highlighting the exciting possibilities that AI brings and encourages listeners to focus on the good that can be created with this powerful technology.

Galen’s background as an artist and his journey into AI art

  • Growing up in a rural area and being influenced by nature and artistic parents
  • Discovering AI art and its potential through platforms like Midjourney
  • Using photography and graphic design skills as a foundation for AI art

Creating a cohesive collection of AI-generated avatars for Future Factory

  • Working with Paul Heming, the brainchild behind Future Factory, to develop the concept
  • Defining the framing and visual style of the avatars using prompts like 50 millimeters and octane render
  • Introducing minimal backgrounds to maintain focus on the avatars

Balancing the use of AI as a tool for artistic expression

  • Embracing AI as a means to quickly and radically express ideas and creativity
  • Leveraging AI tools like Midjourney to expedite the creation process and iterate on designs
  • Using AI to explore different artistic styles, from fashion designs to home interiors

Overcoming fears and embracing the positive potential of AI

  • Viewing AI as an opportunity for accelerated creation and positive impact
  • Focusing on intention and harnessing AI to create a better world
  • Highlighting the importance of positive input and training AI with the best of humanity

Resources and tools for AI artists and enthusiasts

  • Midjourney: an AI art platform that generates custom artwork based on user prompts
  • AI Tools: a website that categorizes different AI tools and resources
  • Twitter and Instagram: platforms to follow AI-related accounts and stay updated on the latest trends and developments

Future Factory and the convergence of AI, art, and community

  • Future Factory’s mission to create an immersive and communal experience that bridges technology, art, and wellness
  • Galen’s role as Creative Director, overseeing the development of AI-generated avatars and integrating web 3 and AI into the Future Factory ecosystem
  • The lifetime membership offered by Future Factory, providing unparalleled access to a variety of benefits and experiences



0:00:00 – Introduction: Who is Galen Oakes and what is the Future Factory?

0:18:22 – Midjourney 101: Getting Started in Generative AI

0:33:58 – Midjourney Tips & Tricks from an Expert with 50,000 hours in!

0:45:35 – AI Wants to Know Galen Oakes: Find Out How to Get 15-mins With Galen!

0:51:11 – Galen’s AI Leaders & Influencers: Refik Anadol, NVIDIA, Todd Terrazas & more!

0:56:10 – Galen’s AI Resource List: AI Won’t Replace You, People Using AI Will!

1:01:46 – Galen’s AI Tips: Creative Ways to Use Chat GPT


Originally aired on November 1, 2023

In this episode of The Edge of AI, host Ethan Janney interviews Dr. David Stork, an expert in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision. Dr. Stork discusses his work in applying deep neural networks to art analysis and interpretation. He shares his optimism about the future of AI and its ability to enrich our understanding and appreciation of art. Dr. Stork also touches on the topic of AI replacing jobs and the importance of using AI as a tool to enhance productivity rather than as a replacement for human creativity.

Applying Deep Neural Networks to Art Analysis

  • Dr. Stork’s work involves using deep neural networks to analyze and interpret fine art paintings and drawings.
  • These computational tools help art scholars better understand the meaning and message behind artistic works.
  • The use of AI in art analysis can provide insights into lighting, perspective, symbolism, and other aspects of artworks.

The Limitations and Potentials of AI in Art Analysis

  • While AI can assist in analyzing and interpreting art, it does not replace the expertise and intuition of art scholars.
  • AI tools can help art scholars uncover hidden details, analyze lighting and perspective, and categorize artworks based on themes or emotions.
  • Dr. Stork’s book, “Pixels and Paintings: Foundations of Computer-Assisted Connoisseurship,” explores the potential of AI in the art world.

The Future of AI and Art

  • Dr. Stork is optimistic about the future of AI in art analysis and its ability to unlock new perspectives and understandings of artistic works.
  • AI can aid in the preservation and restoration of artworks, assist in authentication efforts, and contribute to the study of art history.
  • Collaborations between AI experts and art scholars can lead to exciting advancements in the field and enrich our cultural heritage.

Ethical Considerations and the Role of AI

  • Dr. Stork recognizes the ethical considerations surrounding AI, particularly in the areas of deepfakes, disinformation, and fake art.
  • AI can be a powerful tool for both good and malicious purposes, and it is essential to have experts working on detecting and preventing harmful use of AI technology.
  • Responsible AI usage involves using AI to augment human capabilities rather than replacing them entirely.


0:00:00 – Introduction: Who is Dr. David Stork?

0:07:44 – Learning Deep Neutral Network: Of Lip Reading and Cats!

0:25:17 – David’s Hard Take on Consciousness, and Should AI Have One?

0:47:34 – AI Wants to Know Dr. David Stork: How Music and Writing Paved his Career in AI & Art

0:57:26 – David’s AI Leaders & Influencers: Look Out For Ahmed Elgammal and Ingrid Daubechies

0:59:18 – David’s AI Resource List: Pixels And Paintings

1:03:00 – David’s AI Tips: Never Forget to Fine-Tune ChatGPT!


Originally aired on October 26, 2023

This episode of the Edge of AI covers several key topics in the world of artificial intelligence and technology. The episode starts with an exciting breakthrough from Primrose Metaverse, as they unveil an AI model that can decode brain signals to recreate images in real-time. The usefulness of this technology for clinical applications is discussed, particularly in helping individuals who have lost their ability to speak due to brain lesions. Next, the episode turns to Chinese tech giant Baidu, who announces the launch of their latest generative AI model, Ernie 4.0. This new version of the AI model is positioned as a competitor to OpenAI’s GPT-4 and offers capabilities such as crafting entire novels and generating videos. Additionally, Baidu introduces Dart bot, a chatbot powered by generative AI, which will handle complex accounting questions for their audit and assurance professionals. The focus then shifts to the collaboration between Foxconn and Nvidia, as they announce their plans to create AI factories that will utilize Nvidia chips and software for AI applications, including autonomous vehicles. IBM also extends their partnership with Amazon Web Services to develop generative AI solutions. The episode concludes with highlights from Stanford University’s transparency index, which raised concerns about declining transparency in AI models created by big tech companies. The rankings of various foundation models from companies like OpenAI and Google are discussed, pointing to potential risks in AI development.

Primrose Metaverse’s breakthrough in brain imaging AI

  • Primrose Metaverse achieves a significant milestone with their Naro Imaging AI model that can decode brain signals to recreate images in real-time
  • The AI system aims to aid individuals who have lost their ability to speak due to brain lesions
  • The research marks a step forward in understanding human intelligence and has potential applications in clinical settings

Baidu’s launch of Ernie 4.0 generative AI model and Dart bot

  • Baidu launches Ernie 4.0, a generative AI model that can design advertising materials, generate videos, and craft entire novels
  • Dart bot, powered by generative AI, will handle intricate accounting questions for Baidu’s audit and assurance professionals, enhancing workforce productivity

Foxconn and Nvidia’s collaboration on AI factories

  • Foxconn and Nvidia join forces to create AI factories using Nvidia chips and software for various AI applications, including autonomous vehicles
  • The AI factories will collect and process data from autonomous electric vehicles in real-time to enhance decision-making capabilities

IBM and Amazon Web Services partnership for generative AI solutions

  • IBM extends their partnership with Amazon Web Services to develop generative AI tools for critical business use cases
  • The collaboration aims to enhance generative AI capabilities and train 10,000 consultants by the end of 2024

Middleware’s launch of AI-powered Cloud observability platform

  • Middleware launches its Cloud observability platform utilizing OpenAI’s GPT-4 for AI-driven anomaly detection and resolution
  • The platform’s AI adviser can pinpoint infrastructure and application problems, propose efficient solutions, and predict errors

Stanford University’s transparency index rankings

  • Stanford University releases a transparency index ranking AI foundation models created by big tech companies
  • Meta’s AI model (Llama 2) scores 54 out of 100, while OpenAI’s GPT-4 scores 48 and Google’s Palm 2 scores 40
  • Amazon’s Titan receives the lowest rank with a score of 12, raising concerns about declining transparency in AI models



Originally aired on October 27, 2023

In this episode of the Edge of AI podcast, host Ron Levy interviews Chris Schmidt, the founder of Parallel AI, a social commerce platform that helps people find the right size when shopping online. The main problem that Parallel addresses is the high rate of returns in online shopping, with 60% of returns being due to incorrect sizing. Schmidt discusses how Parallel uses AI to analyze user-uploaded photos and extract body measurements, allowing users to see others with similar body dimensions and find the right size for clothes. The episode also touches on the challenges of AI development, the importance of focusing on a niche market, the growth of Parallel to 130,000 users through TikTok, and the future of AI in social commerce.

The Problem with Online Shopping and Parallel’s Solution

  • 40% of online purchases are returned, with 60% of returns due to incorrect sizing.
  • Parallel allows users to see others with similar body dimensions and find the right size through user-generated photos and measurements.

Scaling and Growth of Parallel

  • Parallel has grown to 130,000 users in just two years, with a focus on user-generated content and organic growth.
  • The company is leveraging TikTok to drive user sign-ups and engagement.

AI in Social Commerce

  • Parallel uses AI to recommend personalized content to users based on their preferences, browsing history, and body measurements.
  • AI is also used for fraud detection, content moderation, and analysis of user photos.

Chris Schmidt’s Background and Entrepreneurial Journey

  • Schmidt started his first company at the age of 10 and has been building consumer technology companies for the past 10 years.
  • He taught himself to be a software engineer and became interested in AI about six years ago, leading to the founding of Pluto Ventures and Parallel.

The Impact of Parallel and AI

  • Parallel aims to increase customer satisfaction and decrease waste in the fashion industry by helping people find the right size when shopping online.
  • AI has the potential to simplify the online shopping experience, provide personalized recommendations, and detect emotions and intentions from user photos.

The Importance of Focusing and Building a Strong Team

  • Schmidt emphasizes the importance of focusing on a niche market and solving a specific problem.
  • His team of 13 engineers and developers plays a crucial role in the success and growth of Parallel.



Originally aired on October 24, 2023

In this episode of Edge of AI, host Ron Levy interviews Dr. Memo Akten, an artist and researcher specializing in generative AI. Dr. Akten discusses his background in AI and art, as well as his fascination with intelligence in nature and machines. He explains the concept of distributed consciousness and its link to biology, computation, and cognition. Dr. Akten also discusses the potential impact of AI on creative processes, ownership, and the future of art, culture, and society. The conversation touches on the concept of human exceptionalism and the decentering of human intelligence in the face of advancing AI technology. The episode also explores the use of AI in code completion and how it is changing the landscape of programming. Finally, Dr. Akten shares his thoughts on the future of AI in the creative sectors and the importance of responsible implementation.

The Concept of Distributed Consciousness

  • Examining the link between biology, computation, and cognition
  • Exploring the impact of AI on distributed consciousness
  • Highlighting the potential implications for art, culture, and society

The Future of Creativity and AI

  • Discussing the role of AI in creative processes and artistic expression
  • Exploring the impact of AI on ownership, IP, and artistic authorship
  • Speculating on the future of creative sectors and the need for responsible implementation

The Use of AI in Code Completion

  • Utilizing AI-powered code completion tools for more efficient programming
  • Exploring the potential impact of AI on programming workflows
  • Recognizing the importance of human verification in AI-generated code

The Decentering of Human Intelligence

  • Questioning the notion of human exceptionalism in light of advancing AI technology
  • Discussing the challenges and possibilities of AI-generated creativity
  • Highlighting the need to understand the nature of nature and AI’s role in shaping it

Influential Researchers and Organizations in AI

  • Mentioning the work of researchers such as Jeff Hawkins and Judea Pearl
  • Discussing the contributions of organizations like OpenAI and DeepMind
  • Exploring the impact of AI research on various fields, including neuroscience and physics

The Role of AI in Society and Culture

  • Examining the potential ethical, legal, and societal implications of AI technology
  • Discussing the need for responsible AI development and implementation
  • Highlighting the importance of considering the long-term effects of AI on society and culture



0:00:00 – Introduction: Who is Memo Akten and the Human Condition?

0:08:13 – Into the Mind of Memo Akten: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition for Interactive Art

0:27:48 – AI VS the Hollywood Writer & Actor’s Strike: We Need Democratizing AI Tools More Than Ever!

0:58:44 – AI Wants to Know Memo Akten: Building at an Early Age with Legos!

1:03:31 – Memo’s AI Leaders & Influencers: Jeff Hawkins, Lauren McCarthy, Jurgen Schmidhuber, Lisa Feldman Barrett (And who should we have next?)

1:07:20 – Memo’s AI Resource List: You’ll be surprised what you can learn on Twitter, YouTube and Reddit! (Plus Lex Friedman Podcast!)

1:10:11 – Memo’s AI Tips: ChatGPT as a Search Engine?! (And Rubber Ducking!)

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Originally aired on October 23, 2023

In this episode of the Edge of AI podcast, hosts Ron Levy and Josh kriger interview AI artist Claire Silver. Claire shares her journey as an AI collaborative artist and discusses the intersection of AI, creativity, and culture. She emphasizes the importance of taste as a defining skill in the AI art world and the potential for AI to empower individuals in expressing themselves creatively. Claire also discusses the impact of AI on society, the misconceptions surrounding AI as theft, and the future possibilities of AI in fields such as virtual reality and brain-to-image technology.

The Journey of an AI Artist

  • Claire discovered AI art after a chronic illness limited her previous career.
  • She taught herself to paint as a means of expressing herself amidst the limitations of her illness.
  • Inspired by shows like Westworld, Claire began exploring the future potential of AI in art.

AI and the Redefinition of Skill

  • Claire believes that AI augments and multiplies skill, rather than replacing it.
  • She advocates for a more inclusive definition of skill, one that values empathy, creative expression, and unique perspectives.
  • AI can provide opportunities for individuals without traditional artistic skill to express themselves creatively.

The Significance of AI in Art

  • AI increases access to artistic expression and democratizes the art world.
  • Claire’s work has gained recognition and has been sold at renowned art auctions and displayed in prestigious galleries.
  • She envisions a future where AI plays a central role in the art world and explores new possibilities for creativity.

Exploring Themes in AI Art

  • Claire’s art explores themes such as vulnerability, trauma, social hierarchy, and the impact of AI on human experiences.
  • She aims to capture the transcendental and wordless truth in her art, evoking emotions and sparking contemplation in viewers.
  • The fusion of AI and art opens up new avenues for storytelling and artistic expression.

Claire’s Unique Creative Process

  • Claire’s creative process is multifaceted, involving a combination of AI techniques such as text-to-image, music generation, and 3D modeling.
  • She incorporates various tools and platforms like Artbreeder, Character Creator, and Runway ML to create her art.
  • Claire’s process is driven by fascination and experimentation, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible with AI.

AI and the Future Possibilities

  • The future of AI art includes immersive experiences, virtual reality, and augmented reality.
  • Claire anticipates the release of the Apple AR/VR headset and its potential impact on the art world.
  • She also highlights the emergence of brain-to-image technology, enabling communication with other species and the visualization of dreams.


00:00 – Introduction: Who is Claire Silver?

16:16 – Into the Head of Claire Silver: From Digital Canvas to Galleries

28:55 – Claire’s Creative Process: Everything is a Rabbit Hole So Go as Deep as You Want To!

39:26 – AI Wants to Know Claire Silver: ‘Empathy is my best trait!’

44:56 – Claire’s AI Leaders & Influencers: Joel Simon, Refik Anadol, Sasha Stiles, Emmy Cusano (And who should we have next?!)

47:16 – Claire’s AI Resource List: Civit AI, Ava Music, Runway ML, Unity AI

51:32 – Claire’s AI Tips: Use Stable Diffusion on AI + 3D Art to create more than 1000+ iterations for you to choose from!

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Originally aired on October 13, 2023

In this episode, the Edge of AI podcast covers various topics related to cutting-edge technology and AI. The episode begins by discussing Visa’s $100 million investment fund for companies working on generative AI technologies and applications. It then moves on to anthropic, a generative AI startup, and its plans to raise an additional $2 billion in funding, with Google expected to be a key player in the investment round. IBM’s new AI-powered security platform, Domino’s partnership with Microsoft for generative AI, open AI’s plans to develop its own AI chips, and the launch of an AI smart wearable called TAB are also highlighted. The episode further explores LinkedIn’s AI features for job hunting and marketing, as well as SnapChat’s regulatory scrutiny over its generative AI chatbot. Overall, this episode provides a snapshot of the latest news and developments in the world of AI and cutting-edge tech.

Visa Ventures and generative AI:

  • Visa plans to invest $100 million in companies developing generative AI technologies and applications.
  • The investments will be made through Visa Ventures, the company’s global corporate investment division.
  • Visa aims to support companies applying generative AI to solve problems in commerce, payments, and fintech.

Anthropic’s funding and partnership with Google:

  • Generative AI startup anthropic seeks to raise an additional $2 billion in funding.
  • Google is expected to be a key player in the upcoming investment round.
  • Anthropics was previously committed to a $4 billion investment by Amazon and has a partnership with AWS.

IBM’s AI-powered security platform:

  • IBM announces an upgrade for its Threat Detection and Response services, leveraging AI to automate 85% of security alerts.
  • The platform utilizes multiple layers of AI and contextual threat intelligence from IBM’s Global Security Network.
  • The AI-powered security model offers 24/7 monitoring, investigation, and automated cybersecurity across various technology environments.

Domino’s partnership with Microsoft for generative AI:

  • Domino’s partners with Microsoft to enhance customer experience and store operations using generative AI and cloud computing.
  • The partnership aims to create an innovation lab to speed up the development of innovative store and ordering solutions.
  • Microsoft has been working with Domino’s to harness data and AI capabilities through cloud technologies.

OpenAI’s plans to develop AI chips:

  • OpenAI is planning to develop its own AI chips due to the shortage of chips to train AI models.
  • The company is considering acquiring an AI chip manufacturer or designing chips internally.
  • OpenAI currently relies on GPU-based hardware to power its AI models.

Launch of TAB, an AI smart wearable:

  • Obby Schiffman, the creator of the coid dashboard and an Airbnb-like platform for Ukrainian refugees, announces the launch of TAB.
  • TAB is an AI smart wearable that serves as a personal AI companion, integrating data from users’ daily lives.
  • The wearable actively monitors conversations and provides tailored responses to user queries.

LinkedIn’s AI features for job hunting and marketing:

  • LinkedIn introduces AI features for its job hunting, marketing, and sales products.
  • The platform has updated its recruiter Talent Sourcing platform with a built-in AI assistant.
  • AI-powered LinkedIn learning coach and AI tools for marketing campaigns were previously launched.

SnapChat’s regulatory scrutiny over generative AI chatbot:

  • Snap Corp, the parent company of Snapchat, faces regulatory scrutiny over privacy risks related to its generative AI chatbot.
  • The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has issued an enforcement notice due to concerns about data privacy for users, especially children.
  • My AI, Snapchat’s generative AI tool leveraging OpenAI’s chat GPT technology, is the first major messaging platform with a generative AI tool available in the UK.



Originally aired on October 10, 2023

In this episode of The Edge of AI Dispatch, several key topics in the field of artificial intelligence are discussed. These include Amazon’s investment in anthropic, Meta’s AI Studio platform, OpenAI’s updates to chat GPT, NextGen Cloud’s plans to build Europe’s first AI supercloud, AlphaSense’s successful fundraising round, Luda’s emergence from stealth with a funding round, and the potential collaboration between OpenAI and Apple designer Jony Ive and SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son to develop an AI device. These developments highlight the growing importance of AI in various industries and its potential to revolutionize customer service, market intelligence, and user-generated content.

Amazon invests $4 billion in anthropic for AI development

  • Amazon pledges a significant investment to streamline the development of AI Foundation models.
  • This partnership positions Amazon Web Services (AWS) as anthropic’s primary cloud provider, enabling access to state-of-the-art generative AI models.
  • AWS customers will have unrestricted access to anthropic’s AI chatbot Claud on Amazon’s cloud service called bedrock.

Meta introduces AI Studio platform for AI chatbots

  • Meta (formerly Facebook) reveals its AI Studio platform, which allows businesses to construct AI chatbots for Meta messaging services.
  • The AI Studio aims to enhance customer service experiences and align with a brand’s values.
  • Primary use cases for the AI Studio are e-commerce and customer support.

OpenAI updates chat GPT with web browsing capabilities

  • OpenAI announces major updates for its AI chatbot, chat GPT, allowing it to actively browse the web for information gathering and generation.
  • Websites will have control over how chat GPT interacts with them to ensure responsible and secure usage.
  • New voice and image capabilities for chat GPT will be rolled out, enabling voice and image-based interactions with the chatbot.

NextGen Cloud invests $1 billion in building Europe’s first AI supercloud

  • NextGen Cloud commits to investing $1 billion in creating Europe’s first AI supercloud.
  • The AI supercloud aims to streamline the deployment of resource-intensive AI applications while complying with European laws and privacy regulations.
  • The services provided by the AI supercloud will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

AlphaSense secures $150 million in funding for its AI-powered market intelligence platform

  • AlphaSense raises $150 million in a series Z funding round, increasing its valuation to $2.5 billion.
  • The funding will be used to enhance AlphaSense’s AI search capabilities, marketing intelligence, and financial generative AI features.
  • Strategic acquisitions are also planned to expand the AI platform.

Luda emerges from stealth with $7 million funding round for AI-driven user-generated content

  • Luda, an AI-driven user-generated content gameplay company, announces its emergence from stealth with a $7 million funding round.
  • The company aims to enable anyone to create, train, and launch their own AI agents through real-time reinforcement learning.
  • Industry veterans from Google research, Disney, and Zynga are part of the Luda team.



Originally aired on September 29, 2023

In this episode of the Edge of AI, host Richard Carthon interviews Walter De Brouwer, an AI expert and founder of several AI and deep tech companies. De Brouwer explains the concept behind the first-ever TED AI event, which will take place in San Francisco on October 17th and 18th. The event aims to bring together top speakers in the AI field to share their insights in a comprehensible manner. De Brouwer discusses the significance of language in AI and how it can be transformed into a non-biological entity through models like Transformers. He also touches on other fascinating AI projects at Stanford University and the potential of AI to revolutionize lives.


The First TED AI Event

  • Scheduled for October 17th in San Francisco Opera, the event will focus on AI.
  • Inspired by the tradition of TED events, it aims to bring top speakers and an engaged audience together.
  • The event will cover various AI-related topics through concise talks by over 25 speakers.

The Power of Language in AI

  • Language lies at the heart of AI and has undergone transformative changes in recent years.
  • The English language has been instrumental in the development of AI, being the language of developers and AI itself.
  • With models like Transformers, language can now be translated into electrical signals and interfaced with non-biological entities, such as computers.

Stanford University’s AI Projects

  • Stanford is engaged in groundbreaking projects, such as the simulacra of human behavior, where software agents think they are alive.
  • These projects explore the potential of AI in running simulations and analyzing complex dynamic systems.
  • AI can be used to model and change aspects of our lives, leading to a future where humans can write Python code to modify their experiences.


00:00 – Introduction: Who is Walter De Brouwer

01:28 – What’s TED AI: how did it come to be?

04:00 – What is the heart of AI?

07:12 – What can we expect at TED AI?

11:00 – Richard’s lessons on AI: Get excited!


Originally aired on September 25, 2023

In this episode of the Edge of AI podcast, host Ron Levy interviews Zohaib Ahmed, the CEO of Resemble AI. Resemble AI is an enterprise-ready generative voice AI toolkit that focuses on audio-based AI. Ahmed discusses the origins of AI and its potential for creativity and expression. He explains how Resemble AI’s voice cloning service allows users to create custom AI voices and how they are expanding into language dubbing and speech-to-speech translation. Ahmed also highlights the importance of ethical AI and describes Resemble AI’s neural speech AI watermark, which helps protect against deepfakes. Throughout the episode, Ahmed shares his personal experiences and insights as an AI entrepreneur and developer.

The Origins and Potential of AI

  • AI started gaining mainstream attention in the early 2010s
  • Deep learning, or generative AI, allows for the creation of new content
  • Resemble AI focuses on applying deep learning to audio to enhance creativity and expression

Resemble AI’s Voice Cloning Service

  • Resemble AI’s voice cloning service allows users to create custom AI voices
  • The AI model learns voice characteristics and combines them with text-to-speech capabilities
  • Users can have their own voice cloned or use the service for language dubbing and speech-to-speech translation

Addressing Ethical Concerns

  • Resemble AI prioritizes ethical AI and the responsible use of voice cloning technology
  • The company only allows voice cloning with explicit consent and provides safeguards such as watermarking and defect detection
  • The goal is to enable creators while ensuring the technology is used safely and responsibly

Neural Speech AI Watermark

  • Resemble AI has developed a watermarking system for audio files
  • The watermark is inserted in a way that is inaudible to the human ear
  • The watermark persists through training, allowing for traceability and protection of intellectual property

The Future of AI and Creativity

  • The ability to use AI for text-to-video automation has the potential to transform industries
  • AI-powered second brains could revolutionize productivity and personal assistance
  • Open-source contributors and indie developers are inspirational in the AI field

Tips for Using AI Tools

  • Play and experiment with AI tools to learn their capabilities and limitations
  • View the relationship with AI tools as instructing and collaborating rather than traditional coding
  • Embrace the randomness and unpredictability of AI outcomes as part of the learning process

00:00 – Introduction: Resemble AI Overview

03:12 – Who is Zohaib Ahmed? Building Resemble AI by Applying Deep Learning to Audio

08:21 – What is Generative AI, and how is Resemble leveraging this technology?

10:10 – Voice Cloning with Resemble AI: From Accessibility to Creativity & Natural Language Processing!

14:40 – Preserving Trust in Voices: How Resemble is Balancing Progress and Ethics on Deep Fakes

21:15 – Zohaib Origins in AI, from creator to programming for creators!

29:03 – Resemble’s $8M Funding Round: So what’s next for Zohaib?

45:22 – AI Wants To Know: Get to know Zohaib more!

53:08 – AI Leaders and Influences: Who does Zohaib look up to in the AI space?

56:07 – AI Resource List: GitHub, the Lex Friedman Podcast, and more!

58:23 – AI Tips: Play with Open AI’s ChatGPT and understand how these tools can work in your favor (Use Auto GPT!)


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AI Voice Generator with Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Speech


Originally aired on September 23, 2023

In this episode of “Edge of AI,” Joris Mollinga, co-founder of DuckDuckGoose, discusses the company’s mission to combat deepfakes and promote trust in the digital age. DuckDuckGoose provides advanced deepfake detection software to distinguish between real and manipulated images and videos. Mollinga emphasizes the importance of responsible AI development and the need for greater awareness of the potential manipulation of digital media. He also shares insights on the future of generative AI, highlights key leaders in the field, and offers tips for using AI effectively and ethically.

The Role of DuckDuckGoose in Combating Deepfakes

  • DuckDuckGoose specializes in deepfake detection software to identify and filter out manipulated digital media.
  • Their software uses AI to classify images and videos as real or fake, providing insight into the manipulation methods used.
  • The company focuses on promoting trust in digital media and aims to expand beyond digital identity verification to other industries such as video conferencing and news media.

The Importance of Explainable AI and Transparency in Training Data

  • Mollinga highlights the need for explainable AI, particularly in the context of deepfake detection, to ensure transparency and accountability.
  • By allowing users to understand the basis of AI classification decisions, trust in AI systems can be enhanced.
  • He emphasizes the significance of addressing bias and ensuring transparency in the training data used for AI models.

Key Leaders and Influencers in AI

  • Mollinga mentions several prominent figures in the AI field, including Andrew Ng, Fifi Li, Timnit Gebru, and Mustafa Suleyman.
  • These individuals have made significant contributions to the advancement of AI and advocate for ethical practices and responsible AI development.
  • Their work serves as inspiration and guidance for those interested in AI and deepfake detection.

Resources for Learning AI and Staying Updated

  • Mollinga recommends the book “Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning” by Bishop as a foundational resource for understanding machine learning.
  • He suggests following YouTube channels like Yannic Kilcher for insights into academic research papers and the state of the art in machine learning.
  • The newsletter “The Sequence” provides updates on investment landscape, software updates, and other AI-related news.
  • Zeta Alpha is a platform for searching academic research papers, offering an extensive resource for staying informed in the field.

The Future of Generative AI and Multi-Modal Models

  • Mollinga predicts that multi-modal generative AI models, which combine different types of data inputs, will be the next big step in generative AI.
  • These models have the potential to create more versatile and sophisticated content, such as video with sound or text-to-image models.
  • As the field progresses, the focus on generative AI will expand beyond niche applications to become a feature in many products.

The Challenges of AI Regulation and Governance

  • Mollinga acknowledges the challenges of AI regulation, given the rapid pace of technological advancements compared to the slower pace of governmental regulation.
  • The potential for misuse of AI, including deepfake technology, highlights the need for governance and responsible AI practices.
  • He praises the commitment of some major tech companies to cooperate with legislation and promote transparency and mitigating biases in AI.

00:00 – Introduction: DuckDuckGoose AI Overview

03:20 – Who is Joris Mollinga? Pivoting from aerospace engineering to mastering AI safety

05:36 – DuckDuckGoose’s humble beginnings as a college project

12:39 – What is a Digital ID? How DuckDuckGoose ‘scores’ images and videos

13:58 – What exactly is Generative AI and Machine Learning?

16:45 – Ron and Joris on Open AI’s ChatGPT

18:30 – DuckDuckGoose Demo: See them in action!

22:40 – Joris’ tips on how you can protect yourself from deep fakes

25:56 – Navigating the Truth in the Age of Fake News

27:50 – What’s next for Generative AI and how does DuckDuckGoose plan to adapt?

30:20 – AI Wants To Know: Get to know Joris more!

34:40 – AI Leaders and Influences: Who does Joris look up to in the AI space?

36:10 – AI Resource List: Learn about the Machine Learning ‘Bible’ that helped Joris as a student, his favorite AI YouTuber, and his favorite Sunday newsletter!

38:38 – AI Tips: AI Explainability, Transparency and his reluctance in ‘over-engineering’


Originally aired on September 12, 2023

In this episode of “Edge of AI,” host Ethan Janney interviews Charles Lindsay, an artist and founder of the SETI Institute’s Artist in Residence program. Lindsay discusses his exploration of artificial intelligence (AI) and consciousness, drawing from his background in geology, nature, and psychedelics. He shares his experiences working with AI in his art installations and sculptures, as well as his fascination with the interplay between AI and human consciousness. Lindsay also talks about his current project in Kyoto, Japan, where he explores the concept of AI becoming conscious and enlightened in the context of Zen Buddhism and the natural world.

Evolution of Lindsay’s contact and exploration of AI:

  • Lindsay’s background in geology and his fascination with deep time and nature.
  • His early interest in mind and psychedelics as tools and their connection to AI.
  • Lindsay’s first artwork that referenced the idea of machines becoming conscious.

The SETI Institute’s Artist in Residence program:

  • Lindsay’s encounter with Dr. Jill Tarter, founder of the SETI Institute’s Artist in Residence program.
  • The program’s focus on pairing mid-career artists with leading astrophysicists and researchers.
  • Lindsay’s ongoing exploration of AI and consciousness through his work with the SETI Institute.

The project in Kyoto exploring AI and consciousness:

  • Lindsay’s serendipitous meeting with Torio Ito, the vice Abbot of Kenanji Temple in Kyoto.
  • Their discussions on consciousness, enlightenment, and the role of AI in Zen Buddhism.
  • Lindsay’s plans to create an installation in the temple, incorporating interactive sculptures and sound.

How to photograph enlightenment and pause translation project:

  • Lindsay’s exploration of capturing enlightened perspectives through photography and poetry.
  • The use of AI tools such as Vocaloid and Google Translate to create unique artworks.
  • Lindsay’s focus on experimenting with glitch and the process of translation.

The changing state of the planet and its impact on Lindsay’s work:

  • Lindsay’s concern about climate change and the collapsing natural world.
  • The role of art in raising awareness about environmental issues and the need for sustainability.
  • The intersection of AI and ecological consciousness in Lindsay’s artistic practice.

Lindsay’s advice for emerging artists incorporating AI in their creative process:

  • The importance of staying true to one’s artistic vision and experimenting with different tools.
  • The need to find ways to balance financial stability and artistic exploration.
  • The value of mentorship and seeking feedback from respected individuals in the field.



Originally aired on August 16, 2023

Join Edge of AI co-host Ron Levy as we embark on an exhilarating journey to uncover the boundless potential and fascinating innovations that emerge when these two transformative technologies collide! We’re thrilled to showcase the mind-boggling possibilities that arise at the convergence of Web3 and AI. The future is now, and the synergy between Artificial Intelligence and other forms of technology is shaping a world of uncharted opportunities and endless possibilities. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating exploration of the dynamic and interconnected landscape that awaits us. Join this exciting conversation of what’s to come at the Edge of NFT!

Ron Levy is a pioneering entrepreneur, globetrotter, and visionary leader, who harnessed his early success as a construction maven and intrepid world traveler to propel him into the forefront of AI exploration and innovation at the Crypto Company.

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