Radical Reads

Approaching the Future: Geoffrey Hinton and Fei-Fei Li

By Leah Morris, Senior Director, Velocity Program

The Radical AI Founders Masterclass kicked off this week, featuring a talk between AI luminaries, Geoffrey Hinton and Fei-Fei Li, hosted and moderated by Jordan Jacobs, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Radical Ventures. The discussion was held in front of a live audience of hundreds at the University of Toronto and thousands more who watched online.

The conversation marked the first time Hinton and Li have shared a stage, and featured a dramatic recounting of the 2012 ImageNet competition when their professional careers first intersected. It was a pivotal moment in the history of AI, when neural networks proved capable of ‘solving’ computer vision.

Recognized as the “godfather of AI,” Hinton candidly voices his apprehensions about the unforeseen challenges of advanced AI, including concerns that innovations could one day yield superior intelligence. However, Hinton also noted that he believes his message of caution is getting through. Li, a Stanford University Professor, Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute (HAI), and Radical Ventures Scientific Partner, stressed the need for responsible AI stewardship through human-centred approaches, while grounding the conversation in a sense of optimism about its potential.

Participants noted leaving the session feeling optimistic about traversing the evolution of AI, its immense possibilities, and inherent hurdles. If you are an AI researcher interested in entrepreneurship, join the Radical Ventures AI Founders program, with upcoming weeks featuring Daphne Koller, Founder of Insitro and Co-Founder of Coursera; Ion Stoica, Co-Founder of Anyscale, Co-Founder of Databricks and Co-Director of Berkeley’s AMPLab; Nick Frosst, Co-Founder of Cohere; George Sivulka, Founder of Hebbia; Shivon Zilis, Director of Neuralink, and more.

Radical Reads is edited by Leah Morris (Senior Director, Velocity Program, Radical Ventures).