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31 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Byron Reese. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Byron Reese, often where they are interviewed.

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31 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Byron Reese. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Byron Reese, often where they are interviewed.

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The Fourth Age (Byron Reese) - Book Review

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“The Fourth Age not only discusses what the rise of A.I. will mean for us, it also forces readers to challenge their preconceptions. And it manages to do all this in a way that is both entertaining and engaging.” —The New York Times
Juan tackles the book The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese. This book proved to be a great read if you want to think about AI and machines from a primal basis, based on the way we might think of our universe at large.
Timeline:0:00 - Introduction and overview0:35 - How deep does the rabbit hole go in the book2:20 - The Fourth Age3:25 - The three key questions5:45 - Trying to emulate a nematode's brain
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Oct 27 2020 · 7mins
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The Fourth Age - Byron Reese, Gigaom - Voice Tech Podcast ep.074

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When we talk about the way that AI will shape the future, there are such polarized beliefs, with one camp fearing it and the other vehemently dismissing these fear-filled claims. Today’s guest, Byron Reese, believes that these opposing views stem from fundamentally different world views. 

Byron is the former CEO of Gigaom, a well-respected technology publication and tech research company that writes about trends and tech that business leaders need to know about and understand. He is also a prolific author, host of the Voices in AI podcast, and futurist. 

This episode covers a wide range of topics, and we kick off by delving into the world of voice tech. As Byron has used many of these platforms, numerous questions have come to the surface for him. We ponder whether our interactions with these technologies may spill over into our daily human to human communication as well as how these platforms may corrode human rights. 

From there, the discussion moves to whether we, as humans, are machines. As a question Byron asks all his podcast guests, he feels that the reductionist answers he frequently hears do not account for the inexplicable ways our humanity manifests itself. Then, we discuss Byron’s book, The Fourth Age, where he unpacks how this technological period will ultimately shape history. He delves into why the advent of speech, agriculture, and the invention of writing and the wheel, were historical turning points, which depart from the obvious reasons people may think. 

After this, we get into the hotly contested AI vs jobs debate. Byron’s insights into why the proliferation of this technology will not result in net job losses are refreshing and backed by historical data. Looking at the jobs technology destroys alone does not account for the opportunities created. 

We round the show off with Byron discussing the importance of following your passion, why the ability to learn new things is the most important skill we have, and what’s in store for him. Be sure to listen to this extra-special episode!

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[04:38] We live in a world where all the people who are the leaders in the field are accessible

[19:35] If machines can do it, it’s a waste of people to get people to do it.

[38:20] How can half of all jobs vanish every 50 years and we never have systemic unemployment?

[39:44] Can everyone do a job just a little bit harder than the job they have today?

[46:28] The greatest under-utilized resource on the planet are people.

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REPLAY: Byron Reese – AI Consciousness, Tech Progress and 4th Age of Humanity

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Byron Reese (@byronreese) is the CEO and publisher of Gigaom, an industry-leading technology research company. Byron's also an award-winning author, speaker and futurist with a strong conviction that technology will help bring about a new golden age of humanity.

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Jun 08 2020 · 51mins
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The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity w/ Byron Reese

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Gigaom CEO, publisher and author of "The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity" stops by virtually to chat with host Adam Gamwell and guest host Astrid Countee to help us make sense of just what Artificial Intelligence is, what are its promises and limits, and what this means for the possibilities of conscious computing and smart robots. Byron breaks down the philosophies behind our ways of thinking about AI in way that gives us new social tools to approach the deep technological revolution we are undergoing in a more human and even optimistic manner.

Website: https://byronreese.com/

Twitter: @byronreese

Facebook: @byronreese

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/byronreese

Mar 13 2020 · 1hr 5mins

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The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity w/ Byron Reese

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Gigaom CEO, publisher and author of "The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity" stops by virtually to chat with Adam and guest host Astrid Countee to help us make sense of just what Artificial Intelligence is, what are its promises and limits, and what this means for the possibilities of conscious computing and smart robots. Byron breaks down the philosophies behind our ways of thinking about AI in way that gives us new social tools to approach the deep technological revolution we are undergoing in a more human and even optimistic manner. 


Website: https://byronreese.com/

Twitter: @byronreese

Facebook: @byronreese

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/byronreese

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Mar 13 2020 · 1hr 5mins
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Byron Reese & Amanda Edwards - January 21, 2020

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Byron Reese and Amanda Edwards speak with Cenk on The Conversation.

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Jan 22 2020 · 27mins
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Byron Reese - The Fourth Age

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Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity

Interview by Chicke Fitzgerald of the Game Changer Network as a part of the Best of the Game Changer series, showcased on C-Suite Network 


The Fourth Age not only discusses what the rise of A.I. will mean for us, it also forces readers to challenge their preconceptions. And it manages to do all this in a way that is both entertaining and engaging.” —The New York Times


As we approach a great turning point in history when technology is poised to redefine what it means to be human, The Fourth Age offers fascinating insight into AI, robotics, and their extraordinary implications for our species.


In The Fourth Age, Byron Reese makes the case that technology has reshaped humanity just three times in history:


- 100,000 years ago, we harnessed fire, which led to language.

- 10,000 years ago, we developed agriculture, which led to cities and warfare.

- 5,000 years ago, we invented the wheel and writing, which lead to the nation state.


We are now on the doorstep of a fourth change brought about by two technologies: AI and robotics. The Fourth Age provides extraordinary background information on how we got to this point, and how—rather than what—we should think about the topics we’ll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, super intelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity.


By asking questions like “Are you a machine?” and “Could a computer feel anything?”, Reese leads you through a discussion along the cutting edge in robotics and AI, and, provides a framework by which we can all understand, discuss, and act on the issues of the Fourth Age, and how they’ll transform humanity.


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Jan 10 2020 · 44mins
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Will the Robots Save Us: Byron Reese on AI

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Byron Reese is an acclaimed author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He's spoken at TEDx Austin and SXSW and has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Wired, and The Washington Post. Byron is also the publisher of GigaOm and hosts the Voices in AI podcast. 

Byron's latest book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity, is one of the most thought-provoking books I've read this year, so I brought him on the show to discuss it.

I think pessimism is the thing that will get us all killed." - Byron Reese

Some of the things we discuss include

  • How artificial intelligence affects our lives
  • The difference between narrow AI and general AI
  • Whether being human is something more than a machine
  • Challenges and philosophical questions raised by advancements in AI
  • Why optimism matters and can make all the difference
  • How AI might redefine creative work

 

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For more on how technology influences creativity, check out this interview with Brian Solis, who also spoke at SXSW.

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For more on the power of optimism, check out this interview with Golden Globe-winning producer Lindsay Doran.

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Books Mentioned
  • The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity
  • Harry Potter
  • "I, Pencil" (essay)
  • The Lord of the Rings

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  • The Animatrix
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Jetsons
  • Star Trek
  • The Twilight Zone
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Dec 20 2019 · 1hr 28mins
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Ep 428: Byron Reese | The Future of Humanity

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With 25 years as a successful tech entrepreneur, with multiple IPOs and exits along the way, Byron Reese is uniquely suited to comment on the transformative effect of technology on the workplace and on society at large. He writes books that explore the wonders of the world of tomorrow and delights audiences around the world with his vivid and energetic presentations on the future of work and life.
Oct 16 2019 · 38mins
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155: Byron Reese—A Futurist Reveals How Technology Is Transforming Our Entire Society

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Learn about the future of your work and your life!

Futurist-technologist-entrepreneur Byron Reese is a lover of technology and history, which may sound strange. But he truly appreciates how the past and the future are deeply connected, and that if we don’t look back, we will have a much harder time appreciating where we are going as we move forward, ever faster and faster...something he examines in his new book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers & The Future of Humanity.” Listen, learn, share! Byron shares how he became inspired by the future

The creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, said that in the future, “There would be no hunger, there would be no greed, and all the children will know how to read.” This quote gnawed at Byron, and he wondered if it was true. Or did it just sound true because it rhymed? He decided to try to figure it out, which is how he became a futurist.

“The biggest problems of tomorrow will not be a lack of jobs but a shortage of humans to take advantage of all of the opportunities technology will offer.” --Byron

I know you will love our conversation and perhaps will begin to wonder yourself about what the future holds for us all. What's coming next? With AI, machine learning, robots, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, Internet of Things, and all the changes coming in the way the different generations and cultures think, we have a lot to enjoy—if you, like me, enjoy change and helping others embrace it. And if you do not like change, hang on! You may be forced to adapt in the years to come, like it or not.

Some background on Byron 

For 20 years, Byron Reese has been building and running internet and software companies. He has obtained or has pending patents in disciplines as varied as crowdsourcing, content creation and psychographics. Of the five companies he either started or joined early, two went public, two were sold, and one resulted in a merger. 

Credited with “quietly pioneering a new breed of media company,” Reese is the former CEO of Hot Data (sold to Pitney Bowes) as well as PageWise (sold to Demand Media). He is currently the CEO & publisher of Gigaom. 

Byron currently hosts the Voices in AI podcast, gives Talks on Tomorrow and has a highly informative and thought-provoking blog. He's also given a TEDx Talk ("Achieving Greatness Is A Choice") which you can access here. You can follow Byron on Twitter at @byronreese

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