20 Sep 2023 | in ai

What’s next is interactive AI.
“This is a profound moment in the history of technology,” says Mustafa Suleyman.

The first wave of AI was about classification. Deep learning showed that we can train a computer to classify various types of input data: images, video, audio, language. Now we’re in the generative wave, where you take that input data and produce new data.

The third wave will be the interactive phase. That’s why I’ve bet for a long time that conversation is the future interface. You know, instead of just clicking on buttons and typing, you’re going to talk to your AI.

And these AIs will be able to take actions. You will just give it a general, high-level goal and it will use all the tools it has to act on that. They’ll talk to other people, talk to other AIs. This is what we’re going to do with Pi.

That’s a huge shift in what technology can do. It’s a very, very profound moment in the history of technology that I think many people underestimate. Technology today is static. It does, roughly speaking, what you tell it to do.

But now technology is going to be animated. It’s going to have the potential freedom, if you give it, to take actions. It’s truly a step change in the history of our species that we’re creating tools that have this kind of, you know, agency.

Google DeepMind’s cofounder sees Generative AI as being just a phase.

1st wave: "Classification" - train a computer to classify data, to recognise patterns & make predictions.

2nd wave: "Generative" - take an input and produce new data.

3rd wave: "Interactive" - conversation as main UI + AI taking actions.

You might have heard of "AI agents" over the last few months. "Interactive AI" is the fancy term for this.

I see it as layers building upon each other.

Ultimately the goal is to

Though I wonder about the limitations of an intelligence based only on next best action (token) vs. reasoning.

Source: MIT Technology Review / "DeepMind’s cofounder: Generative AI is just a phase. What’s next is interactive AI."