What does the advent of artificial intelligence portend for the future of humanity?
Is A.I. an external brain that will revolutionize health, lead to longer lives, produce peace, and enhance prosperity? Will it lead to better education and more creative storytelling? Or will its impact be dystopic, leading to greater unemployment and ultimately, human irrelevance?
In other words, is A.I. a tool, or a human replacement system?
Welcome to Roll On 2.0, a brand new format and experiment in documentary-style storytelling in which we ask a big question, investigate that query with several experts, attempt to arrive at a reasoned conclusion, and hopefully entertain you along the way.
My co-host is Mr. Adam Skolnick, an activist, veteran journalist, author of One Breath, and David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me and Never Finished co-author. Adam writes about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health.
“Any job that can be done in front of a computer remotely is a first-line candidate for replacement or disruption by generative A.I.”
– KEVIN ROOSE
Today we dive deep into the philosophical queries centered on the implications of A.I.—making use of Adam’s journalistic prowess, buffered by wisdom shared by past guests of the show, and experts in the field of artificial intelligence.
Topics included in today’s discussion include:
- Peter Diamandis’ futuristic philosophy of A.I.—and the potential for A.I. to diagnose and monitor disease and ultimately revolutionize healthcare;
- the history of A.I. development from chatbots, self-driving cars, SIRI, and ChatGPT;
- the difference between generative A.I. and narrow A.I.;
- New York Times Technology reporter Kevin Roose and his harrowing experience chatting with Microsoft’s Bing AI Chatbot;
- Novelist Antoine Wilson and screenwriter Anslem Richardson’s fears around A.I. writing tools;
- Charlie Warzel on how A.I. will change the structure of the internet;
- the potential for A.I. to upend white-collar jobs and academia; and
- Guru Singh on how A.I. will impact the essence of humanity.
The visually inclined can watch today’s episode on YouTube. As always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Big thanks to Dan Drake for his instrumental help in crafting this episode.
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