Numlock Sunday: Karen Hao on the frontiers of AI
By Walt Hickey
Welcome to the Numlock Sunday edition. Each week, I'll sit down with an author or a writer behind one of the stories covered in a previous weekday edition for a casual conversation about what they wrote.
This week, I continued the conversation with AI reporter Karen Hao started last week.
Last week, we talked about everything you need to know about what AI actually is these days, where you can spot it in the wild and just how much energy training it consumes. This week, we talk about the fundamental ambitions of AI, what’s most surprising in the field, and the story behind why we have deepfakes now.
This interview has been condensed and edited.
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