AI is quickly becoming the defining general-purpose technology of the early 21st century. As interest and investment grow, countries and companies need to ground AI’s promise in reality, in its development, deployment, and diffusion. Where are technical developments coming from? What is the role of the military? Is AI really as “open source” as the field claims? Who is set to gain the most and how are nations thinking about the risks of falling behind?
UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose presents Nathan Benaich and Ian Hogarth on the third edition of their landmark report, the State of AI. Showing the realities of AI investment and development, from its technical revolutions to the politicization of AI innovation, the report provides a broad survey to help understand AI’s future trajectories. IIPP Director, Mariana Mazzucato, chairs this talk in conversation with Ian Hogarth (IIPP) and Nathan Benaich (Air Street Capital), alongside Tim O’Reilly (IIPP) and Azeem Azhar (Exponential View).
Ian Hogarth is a Visiting Professor of Practice at IIIPP and an entrepreneur and angel investor with a background in machine learning. He co-founded and ran Songkick, the concert service used by 17m people each month. He is the co-author of the State of AI Report, and in 2018 he wrote a widely citied essay, AI Nationalism, on the geopolitical implications of continued rapid progress in machine learning. Twitter: @soundboy
Nathan Benaich is the Founder and General Partner of Air Street Capital, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage AI-first technology and life science companies. The team’s investments include Mapillary (acq. Facebook), Graphcore, Thought Machine, Tractable, and LabGenius. Nathan is Managing Trustee of The RAAIS Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to advance education and open-source research in common good AI. Nathan is also co-author of the annual State of AI Report. He holds a Ph.D. in cancer biology from the University of Cambridge and a BA from Williams College. Twitter: @NathanBenaich
Tim O’Reilly is a Visiting Professor of Practice at IIPP. He is also the founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media, the company that has been providing the picks and shovels of learning to the Silicon Valley gold rush for the past thirty-five years. The company delivers online learning, publishes books, and runs online events about cutting-edge technology, and has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. If you’ve heard the term “open source software”, “web 2.0”, “the Maker movement”, “government as a platform”, or “the WTF economy”, he’s had a hand in framing each of those big ideas. He is a partner at early-stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), and on the boards of Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox. He is the author of many technical books published by O’Reilly Media, and most recently WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us (Harper Business, 2017). He is working on a new book about why we need to rethink antitrust in the era of internet-scale platforms. Twitter: @timoreilly
Azeem Azhar is an award-winning entrepreneur, analyst, strategist, investor. He produces Exponential View, the leading newsletter, and podcast on the impact of technology on our future economy and society. He is also an influencer and writer with a passion for all things technological. Currently, he is also Senior Advisor in Artificial Intelligence to the CTO of Accenture, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Digital Economy & Society, Advisory Member of HFS Research & Advisor at CognitionX. Azeem Azhar is on a mission to explain how our societies and ways of life will change under the force of exponential technologies. He is determined to bring together the two cultures of innovation and tech and of business, society and policy and help us understand the real implications of the changes we are witnessing. Twitter: @azeem
Mariana Mazzucato is Professor and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose. She won the 2020 John Von Neumann Award, 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by Wired. She authored the highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (2013) and The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018). She advises policy makers globally on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth including the Scottish Government; South African President’s Economic Advisory Council; OECD Secretary General, UN’s Committee for Development Policy. Twitter: @MazzucatoM