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Identity and Collective Intelligence with Blaise Agüera y Arcas, author and Google Research VP and Fellow

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AI researcher, author, and VP and Fellow at Google Research, Blaise Agüera y Arcas has contributed to research papers cited more than 20,000 times, including a seminal LaMDA paper from 2022. His new book, Who Are We Now?, explores how biology, ecology, sexuality, history, and culture have intertwined to create a dynamic “us” that’s neither natural nor artificial. Blaise joins Robb and Josh for a philosophical exploration of identity, collective intelligence, and the ways AI might put us back into balance with nature. A frequent TED speaker and winner of MIT’s TR35 Prize, Blaise brings the perspective of a deeply forward-thinking researcher to our ongoing conversation about AI.

Blaise Agüera y Arcas is a leading Artificial intelligence (Al) researcher, author, and Vice President and Fellow at Google Research. He is a winner of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Prize and Fast Company’s Most Creative People Award, as well as a frequent speaker at TED and many other conferences.

At Google, Agüera y Arcas leads a team working on Al, large language models, smart devices, technology ethics, and privacy. Publicly visible projects from his team include Federated Learning, Artists and Machine Intelligence, Coral, and many Al features in Pixel and Android.

In 2016, Agüera y Arcas wrote a widely read essay on the relationship between art and technology, and in 2017 he co-authored another popular essay on physiognomy and bias in Al as well as a refutation of claims that facial structure reveals sexual orientation. Some of this material has been incorporated into his forthcoming book, Who Are We Now?, set for release in December 2023 via Hat & Beard Press. His debut novella, Ubi Sunt, was published in 2022 and was a winner of the AlGA 50 Books 50 Covers Award.

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