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The lightning onset of AI—what suddenly changed? An Ars Frontiers 2023 recap

Benj Edwards (L) moderated a panel featuring Paige Bailey (C), Haiyan Zhang (R) for the Ars Frontiers 2023 session titled

Enlarge / On May 22, Benj Edwards (left) moderated a panel featuring Paige Bailey (center), Haiyan Zhang (right) for the Ars Frontiers 2023 session titled, “The Lightning Onset of AI — What Suddenly Changed?” (credit: Ars Technica)

On Monday, Ars Technica hosted our Ars Frontiers virtual conference. In our fifth panel, we covered “The Lightning Onset of AI—What Suddenly Changed?” The panel featured a conversation with Paige Bailey, lead product manager for Generative Models at Google DeepMind, and Haiyan Zhang, general manager of Gaming AI at Xbox, moderated by Ars Technica’s AI reporter, Benj Edwards.

The panel originally streamed live, and you can now watch a recording of the entire event on YouTube. The “Lightning AI” part introduction begins at the 2:26:05 mark in the broadcast.

Ars Frontiers 2023 livestream recording.

With “AI” being a nebulous term, meaning different things in different contexts, we began the discussion by considering the definition of AI and what it means to the panelists. Bailey said, “I like to think of AI as helping derive patterns from data and use it to predict insights … it’s not anything more than just deriving insights from data and using it to make predictions and to make even more useful information.”

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