Byron Reese, Author, Futurist & Publisher of Gigaom

Exploring The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity.

What is possible with artificial intelligence? Should we fear it or welcome it? Will robots take all the jobs, and if they do, would that be a good thing? Can computers achieve consciousness, and if so, do they then acquire rights? Are you a machine? Guest Byron Reese believes the question is not what, but how we should think about the topics we’ll soon all be facing: machine consciousness, automation, employment, creative computers, radical life extension, artificial life, AI ethics, the future of warfare, super-intelligence, and the implications of extreme prosperity.


Byron Reese is the CEO and publisher of GigaOm and the host of two GigaOm podcasts: VoicesinAI and the GigaOm AI Minute. He is the author of the acclaimed books, “The Fourth Age; Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity” and “Infinite Progress: How Technology and the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War.”

Byron has also obtained or has pending numerous patents in disciplines as varied as crowdsourcing, content creation, and psychographics; and the websites he has launched, which cover the intersection of technology, business, science and history, have together received over a billion visitors. Byron serves on both public and private boards of directors, and has founded several non-profit organizations.

You can find Byron’s book here.

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