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Eye On A.I.

Eye on A.I. tracks new developments in artificial intelligence research, hosted by longtime New York Times journalist Craig S. Smith. In each episode, Craig will discuss aspects of AI with some of the people making a difference in the space, putting incremental advances into a broader context. AI is about to change your world, so pay attention.

Jul 19, 2023

Welcome to episode #130 of Eye on AI with Mathew Lodge. In this episode, we explore the world of reinforcement learning and code generation. Mathew Lodge, the CEO of Diffblue, shares insights into how reinforcement learning fuels generative AI.

As we explore the intricacies of reinforcement learning, we uncover its potential in game playing and guiding us towards solutions. We shed light on the products that it powers, such as AlphaGo and AlphaDev. However, we also address the challenges of large language models and explain why they may not be the ultimate solution for code generation.

In the last part of our conversation, we delve into the future of language models and intelligence. Mathew shares valuable insights on merging no-code and low-code solutions. We confront the skepticism of software developers towards AI for code products and the task of articulating program outcomes. Wrapping up, we reflect on the evolution of programming languages and the impact of abstraction on machine learning.

(00:00) Preview & sponsorship
(01:51) Reinforcement Learning and Code Generation
(04:39) Reinforcement Learning and Improving Algorithms
(15:32) The Challenges of Large Language Models
(23:58) Future of Language Models and Intelligence
(35:50) Challenges and Potential of AI-generated Code
(48:32) Programming Language Evolution and Higher-Level Languages

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