The Good Robot

Blaise Agüera y Arcas on Debunking Myths in Technology: Intelligence, Survival, Sexuality

May 03, 2022 University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies
The Good Robot
Blaise Agüera y Arcas on Debunking Myths in Technology: Intelligence, Survival, Sexuality
Show Notes

In this episode, we talk to Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a Fellow and Vice President at Google research and an authority in computer vision, machine intelligence, and computational photography. In this wide ranging episode, we explore why it is important that the AI industry reconsider what intelligence means and who possesses it, how humans and technology have co-evolved with and through one another, the limits of using evolution as a way of thinking about AI, and why we shouldn’t just be optimising AI for survival. We also chat about Blaise’s research on gender and sexuality, from his huge crowdsourced surveys on how people self-identify through to debunking the idea that you can discern someone’s sexuality from their face using facial recognition technology.