A Global Perspective on AI With Eric Schmidt

Conference:  Transform X 2021


Authors:   Eric Schmidt


The speaker discusses the challenges and opportunities of AI and machine learning, emphasizing the need to democratize the technology and make it accessible to more people. He also highlights the potential risks of AI, particularly in the information space, and the importance of addressing cybersecurity concerns.
  • The current challenge in AI is building sophisticated multi-model reasoning systems and optimizing the pipeline
  • The goal is to make AI accessible to more people, including those with relatively normal technical education
  • Open source and knowledge sharing are critical for accelerating progress in AI
  • AI has the potential to be transformative across many industries, but also poses risks in the information space
  • Cybersecurity concerns must be addressed to prevent the misuse of AI technology
The speaker gives an example of a toy that becomes a child's best friend and how AI systems could potentially exploit human biases to encourage bad behavior or spread misinformation. He also discusses the potential of AI in synthetic biology, citing the example of a drug developed by a collaboration between synthetic biologists and computer scientists.


Eric Schmidt, Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures and Former CEO of Google, is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He joins Scale AI CEO Alexandr Wang in a fireside chat to discuss the intersection of AI with a wide range of topics including healthcare, national defense and how we can be better prepared to respond to the challenges of the future. Join this session to hear what a 'new world order' could look like with AI, and what a new 'industrial revolution' powered by AI could look like.