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The Centralization of Power in AI // Kyle Harrison // MLOps Podcast # 181
MLOps podcast #180 with Kyle Harrison, General Partner at Contrary, The Centralization of Power in AI. // Abstract Kyle Harrison delves into the limitations imposed by language, underscoring how it can impede our grasp and manipulation of reality while stressing the critical need for improved language model performance for real-time applications. He further explores the perils of centralizing power in AI, with a specific focus on the "Openness of AI", where concerns about privacy are brought to the forefront, prompting his call for businesses to reconsider their reliance on it. The discussion also traverses the evolving landscape of AI, drawing comparisons between prominent machine learning frameworks such as TensorFlow and PyTorch. Notably, the episode underscores the vital role of open-source initiatives within the AI community and highlights the unexpected involvement of Meta in driving open-source development. // Bio Kyle Harrison is a General Partner at Contrary, where he leads Series A and growth-stage investing. He joined Contrary from Index where he was a Partner, and before that he was a growth investor at Coatue. His portfolio includes iconic startups and public companies including Ramp, Replit, Cohere, Snowflake, and Databricks. He also regularly shares his analysis on the venture capital landscape via his Substack Investing 101. // MLOps Jobs board https://mlops.pallet.xyz/jobs // MLOps Swag/Merch https://mlops-community.myshopify.com/ // Related Links Website: https://investing1012dot0.substack.com/ The Openness of AI report: https://research.contrary.com/reports/the-openness-of-ai --------------- ✌️Connect With Us ✌️ ------------- Join our slack community: https://go.mlops.community/slack Follow us on Twitter: @mlopscommunity Sign up for the next meetup: https://go.mlops.community/register Catch all episodes, blogs, newsletters, and more: https://mlops.community/ Connect with Demetrios on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dpbrinkm/ Connect with Kyle on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-harrison-9274b278/ Timestamps: [00:00] Kyle's preferred beverage [00:20] Takeaways [03:52] Hype in technology space [09:20] Application Layer Revenue [14:44] Stability AI Lawsuit [18:08] Concern over concentration of power in AI [20:20] Transparency concerns [23:35] Open Source AI [25:57] To use or not to use Open AI [30:51] Lack of technical expertise and business-building capabilities [35:09] AI Transparency and Accountability [37:50] Traditional ML [41:47] Finding a unique approach [45:41] AGI limitations [47:43] Using Agents [49:46] Agents getting past demos [54:39] Tech Challenges & Hoverboard Dreams [58:04] Both AI hype and skepticism are foolish [01:27] Wrap up
Audience of One: #037 - Kyle Harrison on Investing in People, Talent Vortexes, Writing, & Tradition vs Progress on Apple Podcasts
Show Audience of One, Ep #037 - Kyle Harrison on Investing in People, Talent Vortexes, Writing, & Tradition vs Progress - Oct 4, 2023
Redefining AI - Artificial Intelligence with Squirro: Kyle Harrison - Navigating the AI Investment Landscape on Apple Podcasts
Show Redefining AI - Artificial Intelligence with Squirro, Ep Kyle Harrison - Navigating the AI Investment Landscape - Sep 5, 2023
Category Visionaries: Funding the Future: Kyle Harisson, General Partner at Contrary on Apple Podcasts
Show Category Visionaries, Ep Funding the Future: Kyle Harisson, General Partner at Contrary - Aug 23, 2023
The Full Ratchet (TFR): Venture Capital and Startup Investing Demystified: 386. Finding Product Market Fit As a Venture Firm, How to Identify World-Class Founders Before Anyone Else, And Debating Whether or Not Venture Has Hit The Bottom (Kyle Harrison and Eric Tarczynski) on Apple Podcasts
Show The Full Ratchet (TFR): Venture Capital and Startup Investing Demystified, Ep 386. Finding Product Market Fit As a Venture Firm, How to Identify World-Class Founders Before Anyone Else, And Debating Whether or Not Venture Has Hit The Bottom (Kyle Harrison and Eric Tarczynski) - 5 Jun 2023
VC Contagion: Is Venture Capital Killing Itself? | The Newcomer Podcast
For this week’s Newcomer podcast, I talked with Contrary general partner Kyle Harrison. We spent the first part of the episode talking about his piece VC Contagion: Is Venture Capital Killing Itself? I just published the essay exclusively in Newcomer. Then, on the podcast Harrison talked about Contrary and its research strategy. The firm has published reports on Stripe, OpenAI, Databricks, and many other private companies. We also discuss whether, when it comes to the private markets, information really wants to be free. Harrison talks about the gossip economy that powers the venture capital industry.
The Generation Hustle Podcast: GHP #96 - VC #18 - Backing Bold Founders from Seed to Scale with Kyle Harrison! on Apple Podcasts
Show The Generation Hustle Podcast, Ep GHP #96 - VC #18 - Backing Bold Founders from Seed to Scale with Kyle Harrison! - Feb 28, 2023
Sand Hill Road on Apple Podcasts
A place to talk about startups, venture capital and tech. For a full download, double-click on sandhillroad.io A place to talk about startups, venture capital and tech. For a full download, double-click on sandhillroad.io Sand Hill Road has quickly become a favorite in my feed! Erasmus is a fantastic host.
The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch: 20VC: Why 75% of Active Investors Will Disappear in the Next Few Years, The Death of "So So" Venture Firms is Coming, The Rise of Blackstone of Venture Firms and What That Does To Venture Returns, How the World of LPs is Broken and more with Kyle Harris on Apple Podcasts
Show The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch, Ep 20VC: Why 75% of Active Investors Will Disappear in the Next Few Years, The Death of "So So" Venture Firms is Coming, The Rise of Blackstone of Venture Firms and What That Does To Venture Returns, How the World of LPs is Broken and more with Kyle Harris - Oct 21, 2022
Unlimited Partners: Kyle Harrison, GP at Contrary | Cinematographer Turned Investor, Time as a Resource, Ramp, Pave and Investing in Talent on Apple Podcasts
Today's Unlimited Partner is Kyle Harrison, General Partner at Contrary, a venture fund that "identifies and invests in the world's top talent. Backed by iconic founders from Tesla, Airbnb, Facebook, and more" in early stage rounds. Kyle joined to lead their Breakout Fund. He's also a writer with hi...
Through the Noise: E17: Kyle Harrison - Backing the Bold on Apple Podcasts
Kyle Harrison is a General Partner at Contrary, a venture firm backing some of the boldest entrepreneurs of our time. Since inception in 2018, their portfolio includes the likes of Anduril, DoorDash, Ramp and Synthesis. Kyle joined Contrary in May this year to Co-Found Contrary's later-stage practic...