Voices in AI – Episode 25: A Conversation with Matt Grob

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In this episode, Byron and Matt talk about thinking, the Turing test, creativity, Google Translate, job displacement, and education.

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Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by Gigaom. I’m Byron Reese. Today our guest is Matt Grob. He is the Executive Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm Technologies, IncGrob joined Qualcomm back in 1991 as an engineer. He also served as Qualcomm’s Chief Technology Officer from 2011 to 2017. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University. He holds more than seventy patents. Welcome to the show, Matt.

Matt Grob: Thanks, Byron, it’s great to be here.

So what does artificial intelligence kind of mean to you? What is it, kind of, at a high level? 

Well, it’s the capability that we give to machines to sense and think and act, but it’s more than just writing a program that can go one way or another based on some decision process. Really, artificial intelligence is what we think of when a machine can improve its performance without being reprogrammed, based on gaining more experience or being able to access more data. If it can get better, it can prove its performance; then we think of that as machine learning or artificial intelligence.

It learns from its environment, so every instantiation of it heads off on its own path, off to live its own AI life, is that the basic idea?

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