Byron Reese


Entrepreneur - Futurist - Technologist

Futurist and Optimist

There are the people who hope the future will be better, then there are the people who reason the future will be better, Byron is the second variety. Both a futurist and optimist, Byron believes we are approaching a Fourth Age for humanity that promises to be infinitely better than anything we have seen before.

“I love thinking about the future. I love technology. I earn my living by it. I live it, breathe it, and am fascinated by all it has to offer us, all it has done for us. Thus, I encourage others to imagine the endless potential within each of us to create a tomorrow infinitely better than today as we enter a new Fourth Age for humanity.” – Byron Reese

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Voices in AI

Published by Gigaom, the Voices in AI podcast is hosted by Byron and serves listeners interested in the implication of AI beyond those of the daily news, who want to understand the metaphysical implications of AI as well as the practical ones.

Presented as an hour-long, one-on-one conversation about artificial intelligence with the leading thinkers in the field, 50 episodes have been recorded to date and will be released steadily over the next three months. These include interviews with James BarrattManoj Saxena, Soumith Chintala, Pedro DomingosEsther DysonMartin FordStephen WolframHugo LarochelleTim O'ReillyNova Spivack and more.

Opening with the same question, Byron asks guests “What is artificial intelligence?” Why? Because he says, “no two people ever give the same answer. There simply isn’t an agreed-upon definition. This is actually quite telling, and the launching point of a great conversation.”

The podcast addresses all the big questions posed in his book "The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity":

  • Will AI take all the jobs, or create enough new ones?
  • Will machines become conscious, and if so, how would we know?
  • Is artificial general intelligence something we should fear, or welcome?

Featured Episodes Include:

  • Yoshua Bengio - A Canadian computer scientist, most noted for his work on artificial neural networks and deep learning. Bengio has been a faculty member at the Université de Montréal since 1993, heads the MILA (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms) and is co-director of the Learning in Machines & Brains project of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
  • Oren Etzioni - Oren Etzioni is a professor of Computer Science and CEO of the Allen Institue for Artificial Intelligence. He is also a venture partner at the Madrona Venture Group.
  • Mark RolstonCofounder and Chief Creative Officer of argodesign, Mark is an early pioneer of software user experience and helped forge the disciplines around user interface design and mobile platforms. A veteran design leader, innovator and patent holder, he is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People, and he was nominated as Fast Company’s World’s Greatest Designer of 2014.
  • Jeff Dean - An American computer scientist and software engineer, Jeff is currently a Google Senior Fellow in the Systems and Infrastructure Group.
  • Daphne KollerA professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. Her general research area is artificial intelligence and its applications in the biomedical sciences.
  • Nick Bostrom - Swedish philosopher at the University of Oxford. He is most noted for his work on existential risk, human enhancement ethics, superintelligent risk and more. Bostrom is also the author of "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies," a New York Times bestseller.

“Voices in AI is my favorite project right now. The idea that I get to talk to the giants of AI for an hour about one of my favorite subjects just blows my mind. There are no bigger questions in technology than the ones we address on the show. I just love that.” - Byron Reese

AI Minute

Delivered by Byron daily, and sponsored by Gigaom, the AI Minute podcast provides listeners unique analysis and commentary on the present and future of AI. It addresses a wide range of issues, from the difficulties of AI, its limits, how it is (and isn’t) similar to the human brain, whether a machine can “think” or “feel,” the effects of automation on employment, and so forth.

Access the podcast and transcripts at Gigaom AI Minute. There is also an Alexa skill that you can enable that will make the AI Minute part of your daily flash briefing. In addition, you can get the AI Minute on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or via RSS.

Various Publications

Deep Dive into AI: Issue 1

"Explainable Artificial Intelligence" by Byron Reese


Deep Dive into AI: Issue 2

"Limits of AI" by Byron Reese


National Geographic

"How We Will Age Within 20 Years" by Byron Reese

Korn Ferry Institute Report - "Artificial Intelligence: Competitor or Partner"

A World of Inspiration

"A World of Inspiration," by Byron Reese

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