Deepgram CEO Scott Stephenson on Underground Intelligence

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James Kotecki
Jul 28, 2020 · 24 min read

Episode Highlights

This week’s guest is Deepgram CEO Scott Stephenson.

A Deep Idea

“…we were sort of underground building detectors, doing things like that and just kind of thinking like, ‘Man, this is… it really is like we’re in a James Bond lair and we’re building all this crazy stuff. And when are we going to be able to do this again? Or like, how could we document this or something?’”

The AI Listeners of the Future

“You can have a human listen to a conversation, you can have them infer what was happening, all of that… In the future, you’ll be able to have the equivalent of a much cheaper human do it, which would be the machine. And the cost of that will drastically reduce, and that will mean that we’ll have to come up with new laws and rules and ways of operating in society to deal with that.”

The Potential for Deep Learning in Speech

“It’s 1900 and electricity is now just finally rolling its way out into the commercial world. You can use it for lighting the streets of Paris, and that’s the consumer use case, or you could use it to help mining or something like that. But in 1900, you don’t know about the cell phone that’s going to be in your pocket, and radio is still yet to be a thing and TV and the internet and all of that, but there are so many other things that are going to come after it.”

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Machine Meets World from Infinia ML

Weekly Interviews with AI Leaders

James Kotecki

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VP of Marketing & Communications for Infinia ML, a machine learning company. Speaker from North Carolina to South Korea.

Machine Meets World from Infinia ML

Infinia ML’s weekly interview show with leaders in artificial intelligence.

James Kotecki

Written by

VP of Marketing & Communications for Infinia ML, a machine learning company. Speaker from North Carolina to South Korea.

Machine Meets World from Infinia ML

Infinia ML’s weekly interview show with leaders in artificial intelligence.

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