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AI is at a crossroads. How did we get here?

June 27, 2023

Season 1, Episode 1



The artificial intelligence landscape is filled with opportunity and risk. On the one hand, AI holds the promise of productivity, accessibility, and medical marvels. On the other, AI is feared as a threat to our social fabric. Depending on who you listen to, AI is either our path to a renaissance or the road to our ruin.

The outcome is in the balance, which is why in the first episode of Technically Optimistic, host Raffi Krikorian speaks with John Markoff, journalist and author, about the history of AI; Suresh Venkatasubramanian, coauthor of the White House’s Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and professor of computer science at Brown, about ethics; and Adrienne LaFrance, executive editor of The Atlantic, about AI’s impact on society. 

In this wide-ranging episode, Krikorian, Emerson Collective’s Chief Technology Officer, explores the nuances and subtleties of the technological revolution we’re living through—to ask probing questions about the changes underway and understand what may happen and why it matters.

Technically Optimistic

Where we break down transformational technology and ask how it can be developed and deployed with society’s best interests at heart.

All Episodes

All episodes

    • 61 min

      What’s next for data

      Season 2, Episode 8

    • 64 min

      The India episode — tech and data in the Global South

      Season 2, Episode 7

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      Who’s watching the kids?

      Season 2, Episode 6

    • 61 min

      Policed by our data

      Season 2, Episode 5

    • 56 min

      Digital surveillance and reproductive rights

      Season 2, Episode 4

    • Technically Optimistic 61 min

      Your data, your vote

      Season 2, Episode 3

    • 60 min

      How to save social media

      Season 2, Episode 2

    • 51 min

      How your behavior became the world’s biggest resource

      Season 2, Episode 1

    • Raff from the back, sitting at a computer wearing a headset4 min

      Season Two is all about your data

      Season 2, Episode 0

    • 65 min

      AI and Accountability: Who is responsible for managing AI?

      Season 1, Episode 6

    • 62 min

      On Strike! How will AI impact the economy, culture, and the future of creativity?

      Season 1, Episode 5

    • Education and AI: What does AI have to teach us?57 min

      Education and AI: What does AI have to teach us?

      Season 1, Episode 4

    • 58 min

      Part 2 - Rules of the Road: What might regulating AI look like?

      Season 1, Episode 3

    • 44 min

      Part 1: Rules of the Road: Who has the power to regulate AI?

      Season 1, Episode 2



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