Why AI is Having Its Moment: A Video Interview with Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble’s been busy. He just completed a world tour visiting startups of every stripe and poking around the VR landscape on several continents. He saw a lot of fascinating stuff out there, from an Isreali trying to diagnose cancer without doctors to smart cows (yes, like smart phones, but only with cows). One of the themes he noticed from his travels? Seemingly everyone along the way was talking about about artificial intelligence. So he came in for a chat.

In a wide-ranging conversation with Babak Hodjat, our Chief Scientist and Co-founder, they touched on everything from the state of AI today and why it’s more successful now than even just a few years ago to how deep learning and evolutionary computation actually work. We even got Babak to draw a cartoon dog (which admittedly sort of looks like a mouse). If you want a real explanation of the science and the process behind how we see AI and why we’re excited about its future, this video is tremendous place to start.


After some deep dives into the actual how-it-works explanations, the guys talk about AI ethics, how the field might change the future of work, and why the AI in Ex Machina was bad engineering.

We’d like to send a big thanks to Robert Scoble for stopping by and chatting. You can find him on his Facebook page or writing over at UploadVR.