AI is everywhere. During Davos 2024 at the Ahura AI House, we held several thoughtful discussions on what the future of AI will look like – and what it will mean for humanity as a whole. 

 

Award-winning musician and entrepreneur will.i.am joined Bryan Talebi and I for a fireside chat on the democratization of AI, moderated by the incomparable Gillian Tett. To watch the highlights and other discussions, follow this link.

Worldwide musician and tech entrepreneur will.i.am is passionate about advanced technology and the role it can play in improving the modern world for everyone. 

A noted British author and journalist, Tett has a long and established history of fair and accurate reporting. She holds the position of Provost of King’s College, Cambridge, as well as serving on the editorial board of the Financial Times. She has championed several similar conversations with the likes of Yuval Noah, and it was an honor to have her lead our conversation.

The heart of our discussion was focused on making sure the future of AI benefit as many people as possible. For me, it is key to ensure people from Africa and the global south are empowered to build their own solutions. It is like a math exam given across the world. If those in America and Europe have access to super-fast calculators for the exam, and those in Latin America and Africa have to do it by hand, “how can they compete? It’s not even possible.” In other words, if those in less-advantaged locations don’t have access to the same technological tools as those in the rest of the world, the playing field will never be a fair one. As it applies to AI, if we don’t create paths for GPU machines to be accessible to genius AI talent in Africa and the rest of the Global South, they will be left out of the AI revolution and the world will miss out on their genius.

 

Bryan Talebi emphasized the need to be able to retrain workers who are losing their jobs due to the AI revolution so they can find a place in a redesigned, modern workforce. He points out that previous economic revolutions – such as after the Great Depression – provided one or two generations’ worth of time for new training to take place. Now, people need to be retrained in a matter of just a few years, and the current education system is not ready to do that job effectively. Through Ahura AI, we focus exclusively on this challenge, and hope to impact a billion workers across the world.

 

Our guest will.i.am took a moment to speak on the tremendous potential of AI and how the fear that tends to come along with it may be misplaced. On the other hand, people who have been dealing with some of the most difficult circumstances can look to AI as a solution, “wrapping their hands around the technology” and solving problems in a way that would not have been possible previously. He says his “hope [is] the tech is used to solve the problems that have been ignored by people.”

 

“Maybe a new-ism is on its way. We are scared that AI will out-produce us, but it’s not going to out-love us, it’s not going to out-empathy us, it’s not going to out-human us. We’ve been blinded by the money chase that we don’t even see the humanity, how to love unconditionally… maybe it’s going to take this thing to catapult us to a realm, age of enlightenment, love and empathy.”

 

The discussions and debates held in the Ahura AI House during Davos 2024 are critically important in shaping the future of how AI is seen and used, and I am incredibly proud of our team at Ahura AI for facilitating these discussions.


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