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Flux is a podcast about the pioneers building companies at the frontier of technology. This series of interviews goes beyond the soundbites, allowing some of the most interesting players in technology to share their insider expertise and explain the challenges they face in building the future.
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Apr 1, 2017

Gary Marcus, best-selling author and NYU professor, has spent decades studying how children learn and is a known critic of deep learning. Gary was the founder and CEO of Geometric Intelligence, which uses insights from cognitive psychology to build better AI systems. Gary discusses why we still have a long way to go to get to Strong AI and why his sparse data approach is so valuable. We also get into the challenges for AI startups competing with the resources of Google, how corporates aren't focused on what society actually needs from AI, his proposal to revamp the outdated Turing test, and why programming a robot to understand "harm" is so difficult. 

Full episode transcript on Medium.

This episode was produced by Allison Behringer.

Referenced Links:

TEDxCERN (Marcus) - Why toddlers are smarter than computers

The New Yorker (Marcus) - IS “DEEP LEARNING” A REVOLUTION IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?

The Verge - Driver in fatal Tesla Autopilot crash had seven seconds to take action

NYTimes - How Many Computers to Identify a Cat? 16,000

Scientific American (Marcus) - The Search for a New Test of Artificial Intelligence

NYTimes - For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program

Financial Times - Microsoft’s Tay back swearing on Twitter

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