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ChatGPT and Generative AI



ChatGPT and the dozens of other generative AI tools are already changing the way we think about work, the economy, investments, education, and society at large. It promises to be more disruptive than the internet itself, in only a fraction of the time. Imagine the last twenty years of technological change crammed into two years … or even less. At Lavin we have been exploring the potential of AI for years and we are proud to share the insights of our leading thinkers. 

ChatGPT and Generative AI
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Ajay Agrawal

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Expert | Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab | Co-Author of Prediction Machines and Power and Prediction

Economist and founder of The Creative Disruption Lab, the largest AI incubator in the world, Ajay Agrawal has been on the bleeding edge of generative AI and reveals, in tantalizing detail, where we are going and how we will get there. "Upskilling millions of people in their ability to create and manipulate images will have a profound impact on the economy,” Ajay writes in The Harvard Business Review.
Nicholas Thompson

CEO of The Atlantic | Former Editor-in-Chief of WIRED

In the room when ChatGPT was launched, the former editor-in-chief of WIRED and now the CEO of a 350 person media company, Nick Thompson knows what is at stake as he implements his own AI strategy. Theory meets practice, aided by unparalleled access to the senior players at Google, Microsoft, Meta, and Apple.
Stephen Marche

Contributor to The Atlantic and The New Yorker | Novelist | Author of The Next Civil War

In his blockbuster article in The Atlantic, Stephen Marche says that the college essay is dead—but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Generative AI will have a widespread impact on education, which gives us the opportunity to rethink the role of teachers and students, and what education is even for. “We’ve been teaching students how to write like machines for a long time,” Stephen says, “and now we’re going to have to teach them how to write like human beings.” 
Kate Crawford

Professor, author of ATLAS OF AI, and leading scholar of AI and society

Kate Crawford says that although ChatGPT's immense capabilities may seem magical, they're not. We can and must understand how this technology works—from the datasets that go into it to the people who program it. As a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft and the author of the award-winning Atlas of AI, Kate is uniquely equipped to show us what goes into generative AI and how it works, so that we can chart a course towards a more equitable future. 
Stephanie Mehta

CEO of Mansueto Ventures | Former Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company

In the business world, generative AI like ChatGPT is bound to create massive changes within all organizations. Stephanie Mehta, former editor in chief of Fast Company, says that AI is a tool that can make business professionals more productive and innovative than ever before. Stephanie spoke to Lavin about the potential of generative AI: “When you think about the applications, we're just beginning to scratch the surface."
Douglas Rushkoff

World-renowned thinker | Bestselling author of Team Human, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Present Shock, and Survival of the Richest

Douglas Rushkoff witnessed digital technology emerge from the most creative side of the California counterculture, only to get subsumed by Silicon Valley venture capitalists. He argues that we need to set the agenda on generative AI today, to ensure that it doesn't run away with us but becomes a powerful tool. "Rather than repressing human agency," he says, "AI can unleash the creative potential of our organizations, if we dare."
Nita Farahany

Author of The Battle For Your Brain | Legal Scholar & Ethicist | Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

"Using ChatGPT isn’t cheating," says Nita Farahany. “It isn’t unlike the seismic shifts in thinking that we’ve had when the calculator was introduced." As a leading expert on neurotechnology and author of The Battle for Your Brain, Nita says that we just need to adjust how we think about thinking, and start learning how to ask the right questions. 
Justin Reilly

CEO of Wavelo | Former Head of Product at Verizon

Just as the internet brought businesses into the Digital First and then Mobile First eras, revolutionary advances in Artificial Intelligence like ChatGPT and GPT-4 are bringing us—at an even faster, unrelenting pace—into an “AI First” future. In this new world, the businesses that succeed will be the ones that build AI into the heart of their process and innovate around it. There’s no better guide to the pitfalls and potential of this era than Justin Reilly. As the CEO of Wavelo and the former Head of Product at Verizon, he can show you six practical steps to building AI into the everyday life of your business in order to innovate faster, boost productivity, and give your customers what they really want. 
Alexandra Samuel

Digital workplace expert | Author of Remote, Inc.

To Alexandra Samuel, generative AI is just one of a wave of tools that are bringing us quickly into a new era of work. She's a digital workplace expert and co-author of the book Remote, Inc., on the future of work. “The rise of AI and the explosion of hybrid work aren't unrelated,” she says. "They're just two different frontiers in the way digital tools have transformed how work gets done.” 
Jordan Ellenberg

New York Times bestselling author of Shape and How Not to Be Wrong

How do ChatGPT and other generative AI tools really work? New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg draws on his recent bestseller Shape to show why generative AI isn’t magic—and how we can and must understand it. He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of our most powerful AI tools, showing us their strengths and limitations and how we can use them as partners at work, putting their power into our hands.