Blurring The Lines Podcast

Episode 201 – AI Gone Wild

Adam Bell and Peter Nikolaidis
The Blurring The Lines Podcast


Peter and Adam discussed a variety of topics, including insurance, tipping in restaurants, AI and its potential risks, the role of AI in various fields, and the limitations of technology. They emphasized the importance of staying informed about insurance options and periodically reviewing coverage, as well as the need for transparency in restaurant service charges. They also discussed the potential risks of generative AI accessing confidential information and the importance of maintaining data confidentiality and security.

Peter and Adam also explored the potential benefits and limitations of AI in various fields, including manufacturing, photography, architecture, and landscape design. They acknowledged the potential for AI to save time and improve the quality of work, but also emphasized the need for human expertise and the limitations of technology. They also discussed the impact of AI on communication and content creation, noting the negative effects of generative text on human communication and the creation of meaningless content.

Finally, Peter and Adam discussed the benefits of Comma AI and additional safety features for cars, emphasizing the potential for these technologies to make driving safer and more efficient. They invited feedback and discussed future topics for the meeting. Overall, the meeting highlighted the importance of staying informed about the potential risks and benefits of AI and technology, as well as the need for transparency and responsible use of these technologies.

Chapters & Topics:

Insurance and Podcasting

Peter shares his experience researching and switching auto insurance providers, highlighting the importance of periodically reconsidering one’s insurance coverage. Adam and Peter also discuss their podcast’s success and listenership, with Adam noting that all episodes have been listened to and Peter expressing his surprise at the show’s longevity.

Tipping and Service Charges

Adam and Peter debate the pros and cons of adding a gratuity charge to all checks in restaurants. Adam argues that it would be easier to account for as an owner, while Peter suggests that it would be better for customers to know the exact price they are paying. They also discuss the issue of service charges and whether they go to the waiter or the owner.

AI and Data Silos

Adam shares his takeaways from a recent conference on AI, including the importance of data silos to prevent generative AI from accessing confidential information. Peter notes that this is a basic security principle and compares it to the least privileged principle in access control. They also discuss the importance of limiting access to sensitive information for lower-level employees, such as help desk technicians.

* Data silos and AI

AI as a Commodity

Adam and Peter discuss the possibility of AI becoming a commodity in the next two years, with every machine and server having it. They also talk about the potential impact of this development on businesses and individuals, and the advantages and disadvantages of having AI everywhere.

Discussion on AI tools and their potential applications

Peter shares his experience with the AI tool that aggregates GPT and Claude models and does real-time web searches. Adam talks about the potential of AI in photography, architecture, and landscape design, and how professionals in these fields need to embrace AI to stay competitive. They both agree that AI tools can save time and improve the quality of work.

AI in Manufacturing Quality Control

Peter and Adam discuss the difference between consciously embracing technology versus having it done for you, using the example of automatic brake assisting in cars versus Tesla’s autopilot feature. They then shift to discussing the use of AI in manufacturing quality control, noting that while the technology has been around for a while, the real-time detection capabilities are new and can save companies money.

* AI in quality assurance for manufacturing

AI and Technology Discussion

Peter and Adam discuss the practical applications of AI, including image recognition and its use in security cameras. They also discuss the potential benefits of AI for small business owners, such as analyzing data to determine popular products and preparing for high demand. However, they also acknowledge the limitations of technology, including issues with charging and battery life.

* Image recognition and AI

The Impact of AI on Communication and Content Creation

Peter and Adam explore the negative impact of AI on communication and content creation. They discuss how generative text is causing humans to rely on computers to communicate with each other, and how the need for unique content is leading to the creation of meaningless content that no one reads.

Discussion on Comma AI and additional safety features for cars

Peter shares his experience with Comma AI and its founder, George Hotz, and explains how the technology can bring self-driving capabilities to cars that don’t have it. Adam expresses his desire for additional safety features in cars, such as haptic feedback, to prevent accidents and mistakes.

* AI making us “stupid”

Learn More About the Hosts:

Peter Nikolaidis

Adam Bell
Sublime Computer Services

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