My guest today is Avi Goldfarb. Avi is a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, the Rotman Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare, as well as the co-author of two bestselling books on AI and its economic impact. His most recent book, Power and Prediction, is probably the best piece of content I have read in explaining how AI may reshape business models, systems, and products. We recorded this before GPT-4’s release last week which, if anything, makes Avi’s ideas on AI’s impact all the more poignant. Please enjoy my conversation with Avi Goldfarb.
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(00:03:15) - [First question] - His initial reaction to chat GPT when it first launched
(00:07:08) - Prediction Machines; The impact price has on how much something is used by humans
(00:11:07) - The shift from steam powered factories to electric ones and the transition between the two in regards to systems and application solutions; Power and Prediction
(00:17:06) - Midpoints between a point solution and a systems solution and applications that are being built in the middle of them
(00:19:10) - What application, system, and point solutions feel like today in the world of AI
(00:27:03) - The transition from a world governed by rules to one by decisions
(00:30:58) - How the power of prediction moves us from a binary to a decimal framework
(00:34:48) - Ways power disruption will occur as we navigate the emerging AI frontier
(00:44:33) - Other functions like personalization that entrepreneurs should think about putting into their products and features
(00:47:18) - How we should be thinking about the generation of information and data
(00:51:32) - A future where technology either desimates or empowers specific industries
(00:54:16) - What he’s most excited and worried about given the emerging frontier of AI
(00:55:41) - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for him