Stuart Russell, Professor at University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Center for Intelligent Systems, presents his thoughts on what AI is, what AI can become and how policy makers and other AI actors can and should try to manage the risks related to AI use.
Our task isn’t to comb through haystacks, but to maximise what we’ve already found.
It isn’t difficult to accomplish everything you want to. It’s impossible.
We can endure life’s tasks with discipline—or welcome them with enjoyment.
Uncertainty can immobilise us—or inspire us to action.
Embrace life’s unpredictability, rather than resisting it.
My pitch for this episode is simple: Jennifer Pahlka has written one of the best policy books I’ve ever read.
Pahlka served as deputy chief technology officer in the Obama White House, and she’s the founder and a former executive director of Code for America, a nonprofit that works to enhance government digital services. Over the course of her career, Pahlka has become obsessed with an area of policy that is too often ignored by policymakers: implementation. She was part of the effort to rescue HealthCare.gov in 2013 and was tapped by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020 to help fix California’s unemployment insurance system as it buckled under the weight of the Covid response.
It has become a common refrain that the U.S. government is often terrible at delivering even basic services. But Pahlka’s new book — “Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250266774/recodingamerica)” — puts forward a deeper theory of why government services are so awful, how policy implementation so often goes awry and what it would take to fix those systems so that government could better live up to its promises. It’s an argument that anyone who cares about government in the 21st century needs to take seriously.
Caroline Webb is an executive coach, author, and speaker, who specializes in showing people how to transform their life and work for the better by applying insights from the behavioral sciences (behavioral economics, psychology and neuroscience). Her book on that topic – How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life – has been published in 17 editions and over 60 countries. It was hailed by Forbes as one of their “must-read business books,” by Fortune as one of their top “self-improvement through data” books, and by Inc magazine as one of the “best 15 leadership and personal development books of the past five years.” The book also won plaudits from publications as diverse as the Financial Times, TIME, and Cosmopolitan magazine.
Caroline has created two LinkedIn Learning programs, including her newest on science-based leadership. Caroline is also a Senior Advisor to McKinsey, where she was previously a Partner. www.carolinewebb.co
Sinéad Burke, CEO of the accessibility consultancy Tilting the Lens, talks to Brendan about music that is important in her life.
Large Language Models are the engines that power AI tools like ChatGPT, Bing and Bard.
They are deeply weird, often frustrating and undeniably fascinating pieces of technology.
This talk will attempt to summarise everything I’ve learned about them over the past year: how they are built, what they can do, what they can't do and how we can best tame them and use them to solve interesting problems.
LLMs don’t have to be large: I’ll talk through the latest developments in openly licensed models you can run on your own devices, including on your phone and even in your web browser.
I’ll also discuss their as-yet unconquered security flaws, and the bewildering ethical implications of how they are trained and what they can damage.
North Bay Python is a boutique one-track conference, held in Petaluma, California. Our first events were held in 2017-2019 in a 100 year-old theater in the city's downtown. After a planned one-year break that’s turned into almost four years, we’re excited to return!
This year, we’re holding our conference in July, in a barn, on a ranch overlooking the Petaluma River.
Sun Jul 30 16:10:00 2023 at Reis River …
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