Our podcast on science and technology. This week, we examine the transformative potential of a new, emerging type of machine intelligence—foundation models. Could they become as important, as fundamental, as electricity?

A NEW TYPE of artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly emerging as a candidate to become the next major general-purpose technology. “Foundational AI” will inject itself into many human endeavours—from writing to coding to drug discovery. We explore why foundation models could end up having an economic impact similar to that of electricity, and why the emerging technology is also proving so controversial. Alok Jha hosts. Runtime: 38 min.