Listening Now: The Ezra Klein Show Talks AI in the Present and the Future

Kyle Pflueger
April 17, 2024

In a recent 3-part podcast series, Ezra Klein of The New York Times sat down with leaders across the world of artificial intelligence to get their perspectives and predictions on the way that this revolutionary technology is changing the world today and tomorrow. Each of these episodes offered incredible insights into the ways that we can use AI in our day-to-day lives with the tools that are already available such as ChatGPT, Google Gemini and Claude 3.

We thoroughly enjoyed listening to each of these episodes and we've included them all here for you to enjoy as well! If you enjoy this, we recommend subscribing to The Ezra Klein Show wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 1: "How Should I Be Using A.I. Right Now?"

In this episode, Ezra Klein sits down with Ethan Mollick who is a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to discuss practical ways to incorporate A.I into our current day-to-day jobs.

Our Takeaways

  • Even the heavy hitters in the AI space are learning on the fly.
  • There is no user manual for AI and the capabilities of these systems are still not fully understood.
  • Different AI systems offer different benefits depending on the use case

Episode 2: "Will A.I. Break the Internet? Or Save It?"

This conversation with co-founder and editor-in-chief at The Verge, Nilay Patel, might be our favorite listen in recent memory. This episode is a deep dive on how AI is impacting and internet ecosystem that Ezra Klein argues was already in a state of decay.

Our Takeaways

  • The business models of the internet will have to adjust quickly to new AI technologies.
  • AI content could very well break the internet as we know it.
  • Recommendation models are already struggling with discerning between AI and user-generated content.

Episode 3: "What if Dario Amodei Is Right About A.I.?"

Dario Amodei spent years at OpenAI - the company behind the popular ChatGPT platform. In this episode, he and Ezra Klein discuss the exponential growth curve potential of AI as more and more data is provided to the models.

Our Takeaways

  • The potential of AI to grow exponentially - not linearly - is a very real possibility.
  • Scenarios that feel far away might be much closer than we think.
  • There are significant questions to answer about the relationship between government and private sectors in the new world of AI.

In Review

There's no shortage of questions surrounding AI and how it will continue to change our world. These episodes from The Ezra Klein show provided some thought-provoking concepts while helping to contextualize the role of AI in daily life. We encourage you to listen to the full episode of each and support the show by subscribing wherever you listen to podcasts!

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