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No Priors: Artificial Intelligence | Technology | Startups

At this moment of inflection in technology, co-hosts Elad Gil and Sarah Guo talk to the world's leading AI engineers, researchers and founders about the biggest questions: How far away is AGI? What markets are at risk for disruption? How will commerce, culture, and society change? What’s happening in state-of-the-art in research? “No Priors” is your guide to the AI revolution. Email feedback to show@no-priors.com.Sarah Guo is a startup investor and the founder of Conviction, an investment firm purpose-built to serve intelligent software, or "Software 3.0" companies. She spent nearly a decade incubating and investing at venture firm G...

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Recent Episodes of No Priors: Artificial Intelligence | Technology | Startups


How YC fosters AI Innovation with Garry Tan

How YC fosters AI Innovation with Garry Tan

Garry Tan is a notorious founder-turned-investor who is now running one of the most prestigious accelerators in the world, Y Combinator. As the president and CEO of YC, Garry has been credited with reinvigorating the program. On this week’s episode of No Priors, Sarah, Elad, and Garry discuss the shifting demographics of YC founders and how AI is encouraging younger founders to launch companies, predicting which early stage startups will have longevity, and making YC a beacon for innovation in AI companies. They also discussed the importance of building companies in person and if San Francisco is, in fa...

Episode 66 23 May 2024 39m and 59s


The Data Foundry for AI with Alexandr Wang from Scale

The Data Foundry for AI with Alexandr Wang from Scale

Alexandr Wang was 19 when he realized that gathering data will be crucial as AI becomes more prevalent, so he dropped out of MIT and started Scale AI. This week on No Priors, Alexandr joins Sarah and Elad to discuss how Scale is providing infrastructure and building a robust data foundry that is crucial to the future of AI. While the company started working with autonomous vehicles, they’ve expanded by partnering with research labs and even the U.S. government.  


In this episode, they get into the importance of data quality in building trust in A...

Episode 65 22 May 2024 39m and


Music consumers are becoming the creators with Suno CEO Mikey Shulman

Music consumers are becoming the creators with Suno CEO Mikey Shulman

Mikey Shulman, the CEO and co-founder of Suno, can see a future where the Venn diagram of music creators and consumers becomes one big circle. The AI music generation tool trying to democratize music has been making waves in the AI community ever since they came out of stealth mode last year. Suno users can make a song complete with lyrics, just by entering a text prompt, for example, “koto boom bap lofi intricate beats.” You can hear it in action as Mikey, Sarah, and Elad create a song live in this episode. 


In this...

Episode 64 16 May 2024 30m and 26s


Context windows, computer constraints, and energy consumption with Sarah and Elad

Context windows, computer constraints, and energy consumption with Sarah and Elad

This week on No Priors hosts, Sarah and Elad are catching up on the latest AI news. They discuss the recent developments in AI like Meta’s new AI assistant and the latest in music generation, and if you’re interested in generative AI music, stay tuned for next week’s interview! Sarah and Elad also get into device-resident models, AI hardware, and ask just how smart smaller models can really get. These hardware constraints were compared to the hurdles AI platforms are continuing to face including computing constraints, energy consumption, context windows, and how to best integrate these products...

Episode 63 9 May 2024 29m and 10s


Cognition’s Scott Wu on how Devin, the AI software engineer, will work for you

Cognition’s Scott Wu on how Devin, the AI software engineer, will work for you

Scott Wu loves code. He grew up competing in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) and is a world class coder, and now he's building an AI agent designed to create more, not fewer, human engineers. This week on No Priors, Sarah and Elad talk to Scott, the co-founder and CEO of Cognition, an AI lab focusing on reasoning. Recently, the Cognition team released a demo of Devin, an AI software engineer that can increasingly handle entire tasks end to end.


In this episode, they talk about why the team built Devin with a...

Episode 62 2 May 2024 29m and 28s


OpenAI’s Sora team thinks we’ve only seen the "GPT-1 of video models"

OpenAI’s Sora team thinks we’ve only seen the "GPT-1 of video models"

AI-generated videos are not just leveled-up image generators. But rather, they could be a big step forward on the path to AGI. This week on No Priors, the team from Sora is here to discuss OpenAI’s recently announced generative video model, which can take a text prompt and create realistic, visually coherent, high-definition clips that are up to a minute long.


Sora team leads, Aditya Ramesh, Tim Brooks, and Bill Peebles join Elad and Sarah to talk about developing Sora. The generative video model isn’t yet available for public use but the exam...

Episode 58 25 April 2024 31m and 24s


The Future of AI Artistry with Suhail Doshi from Playground AI

The Future of AI Artistry with Suhail Doshi from Playground AI

Multimodal models are making it possible to create AI art and augment creativity across artistic mediums. This week on No Priors, Sarah and Elad talk with Suhail Doshi, the founder of Playground AI, an image generator and editor. Playground AI has been open-sourcing foundation diffusion models, most recently releasing Playground V2.5. 


In this episode, Suhail talks with Sarah and Elad about how the integration of language and vision models enhances the multimodal capabilities, how the Playground team thought about creating a user-friendly interface to make AI-generated content more accessible, and the future of AI-powered i...

Episode 60 18 April 2024 24m and 31s


Hyperscaler strategy in AI, the application landscape heats up, and what we know now about agents with Sarah and Elad

Hyperscaler strategy in AI, the application landscape heats up, and what we know now about agents with Sarah and Elad

This week on a host-only episode of No Priors, Sarah and Elad discuss the AI wave as compared to the internet wave, the current state of AI investing, the foundation model landscape, voice and video AI, advances in agentic systems, prosumer applications, and the Microsoft/Inflection deal.


Have a question for our next host-only episode or feedback for our team? Reach out to show@no-priors.com


Follow us on Twitter: @NoPriorsPod | @Saranormous | @EladGil 


Show Notes: 

(0:00) Intro

(0:32) How to think about sc...

Episode 56 11 April 2024 26m and 12s


The argument for humanoid AI robots with Brett Adcock from Figure

The argument for humanoid AI robots with Brett Adcock from Figure

Humans are always doing work that is dull or dangerous. Brett Adcock, the founder and CEO of Figure AI, wants to build a fleet of robots that can do everything from work in a factory or warehouse to folding your laundry in the home. Today on No Priors, Sarah got the chance to talk with Brett about how a company that is only 21 months old has already built humanoid robots that not only walk the walk by performing tasks like item retrieval and making a cup of coffee but they also talk the talk through speech to speech reasoning. 

Episode 58 4 April 2024 38m and 13s


Open sourcing AI app development with Harrison Chase from LangChain

Open sourcing AI app development with Harrison Chase from LangChain

Companies are employing AI agents and co-pilots to help their teams increase efficiency and accuracy, but developing apps that are trained properly can require a skill set many enterprise teams don’t have. This week on No Priors, Sarah and Elad are joined by Harrison Chase, the CEO and co-founder of LangChain, an open-source framework and developer toolkit that helps developers build LLM applications. In this conversation they talk about the gaps in open source app development, what it will take to keep up with private companies, the importance of creating prompts that can be compatible with many API mo...

Episode 57 28 March 2024 27m and 32s

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