E598: Babak Hodjat, Sentient.ai Co-Founder & Chief Scientist (& main inventor of tech behind Siri), is creating artificial intelligence that learns and adapts with our every decision
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November 24, 2015
Babak Hodjat is Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Sentient, the most-funded artificial intelligence startup in the world, which emerged from stealth in 2014 after raising more than $100m Series C (the largest round ever by an AI startup). Though already going strong in financial trading (with 1.5+ CTUs globally), last week they launched Sentient Aware for E-commerce, which is already being used by the Canadian shoes.com and which Babak demonstrates for us. Babak is also the main inventor of the tech behind Siri, and he and Jason discuss the actual intelligence level of Siri, along with many other fascinating aspects of AI, including the ethics behind it, where it falls on the “worry” scale between simple memory chips and nuclear weapons, its potential impact on warfare, gambling, and self-driving cars, and the inevitable 20-year sushi bet! AI is capable of improving ourselves (in the case of health), knowing what we want before it even exists (in the case of e-commerce), but will it be capable of destroying…