S04E03 AI’s emerging influence is changing how we work

Posted On: March 13, 2024

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S04E03 AI’s emerging influence is changing how we work

In a time when artificial intelligence (AI) technology evolves at breakneck speed, reshaping every facet of human life, understanding its implications isn’t just an advantage – it’s a necessity. In this episode, we’re thrilled to present a critical discussion with tech visionary Ajit Gopalakrishnan that will redefine your perspective on AI, its burgeoning role in industry and education, and its profound impact on humanity.


A Riveting Start: The episode kicks off with an “AI versus Reality” game, which challenges these experts to differentiate between AI-generated and real images, setting the stage for a deep dive into the essence and capabilities of AI.

The Heart of AI Adventure: What should humanity be excited about with the advent of AI? What are the potential pitfalls? Our guests explore Google’s most-asked questions on AI, offering profound insights into the duality of innovation – the exhilarating prospects and the cautionary tales.

Unconventional Wisdom: We unpack how AI is revolutionising industries and altering the fabric of society, as well as the pressing need to evolve our educational and professional paradigms to thrive in this new age.

A Mirror to Our Minds: Ajit unveils his research on the striking parallels between human cognition and how large language models learn. This segment promises to be a revelation, highlighting how AI is not just mimicking but also contributing to the collective human knowledge.

Why It Matters to You: This conversation goes beyond industry jargon and technological speculation. It’s about understanding the seismic shifts AI is causing in our world and how we, as individuals and communities, can navigate this new era. Whether you’re a professional looking to stay ahead of the curve, an educator rethinking pedagogy, or simply someone fascinated by the rapid pace of technological advancement, this episode is a must-watch.

Ajit and Yanesh’s dialogue is more than just a podcast episode; it’s a roadmap for anyone ready to embrace the future with knowledge, adaptability, and foresight.



Ajit Gopalakrishnan is human. In AI terms, he is a generative multimodal model with approximately 100 trillion parameters. His pre-training was done predominantly in Botswana, where he was created, and South Africa.

He has also completed Domain Specific Training at the University of Cape Town and Royal Melbourne Institute in Electronic Engineering.

This model has been used in several applications across multiple industries and functions, such as education, engineering, marketing, factory and project management.

The Ajit model is currently being used as the Head of Odin Education, a division of Jendamark, with a pre-defined goal of transforming the educational landscape and addressing the digital divide in the developing world.


00:00:00 – Introduction

00:00:28 – The power of intuition

00:07:39 – Real vs AI imagery

00:11:34 – Multimodal models in AI

00:15:20 – The impact of AI on society

00:19:29 – The power of targeted messaging

00:24:02 – Global AI ethics and bias

00:29:00 – The power of open source

00:31:44 – Personalised learning with AI

00:37:39 – Transforming the education system

00:39:24 – Exploring the future of education

00:45:16 – Personalised AI in medicine

00:50:18 – Leapfrogging privilege with education tech

00:52:45 – Schools of AI

00:55:19 – Intuition vs. logic-based programming

01:03:49 – The power of intuition

01:07:44 – Machine learning and intuition

01:14:47 – Solving protein folding problem

01:18:45 – Generative models in art

01:23:34 – Human brain vs. GPT-4

01:24:39 – Training with a trillion numbers

01:31:23 – AI and human creativity

01:33:28 – Job displacement and innovation

01:40:34 – Accepting imperfection in AI

01:43:31 – AI and human empathy comparison

01:46:12 – Embracing exploration and learning