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Unleashing the Power of AI: A Gateway to Possibilities in Web3

S8 Ep2 with Chad (ETHSanDiego) and Kayla (MeetMilo)

In a recent episode of the Crypto Sapiens podcast, host Rachel is joined by our wonderful guests, Chad, founder of ETHSanDiego, and Kayla Cho, founder of Meet Milo. The focus of the episode is the intersection of AI technology with Web3 and its potential to empower individuals and solve problems in the world.

They delved into the fascinating realm of artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential impact on various aspects of our lives. The conversation revolved around leveraging AI and technology to create a better world and enhance human quality of life.

Chad begins by introducing himself as a computer engineering graduate from UCSD who became interested in blockchain and AI through internships. He was employed by a blockchain business rather than completing a master's degree, which made him aware of San Diego's absence of a vibrant Web3 ecosystem. This observation prompted him to start an educational organization called "ETHSanDiego," which aims to teach and upskill community members in crypto and related technologies.

Chad also shares his interest in the recent trend of large language models like ChatGPT and GPT, powered by the transformer model. He discusses his curiosity about the advancements in AI since his studies and his thoughts on integrating AI and blockchain technologies. He emphasizes the importance of bringing these technologies to the community, teaching about them, and personally getting involved in their development.

In the continued discussion, Rachel highlights her involvement with Opolis as a community partner in East San Diego and emphasizes the importance of in-person events for building a vibrant community. She encourages listeners in the Southern California area to join the East San Diego community and engage with the amazing events and community there. 

Kayla then introduces herself, mentioning her background in programming and her transition to business after an internship. She expresses her belief in the potential of AI to revolutionize personal growth and considers wellness the key to a better society. Rachel acknowledges Kayla's pioneering work in using AI as a tool for self-improvement and wellness and mentions their shared passion for prioritizing wellness while highlighting the significance of customization in their respective fields. Rachel, with her juice business, emphasized the need to cater to individual needs by creating personalized cleansing packages based on specific health requirements. 

The Transformative Potential of AI in Web3

The conversation shifts to the intersection of AI and Web3, and Rachel asks Chad and Kayla about their thoughts on how these technologies can work together. Chad emphasizes that AI acts as an amplifier for various tasks, enhancing productivity and learning. He discusses the importance of teaching communities to leverage AI to amplify their existing activities while also exploring how AI can have an impact in the Web3 space by integrating it with technologies like zero-knowledge proofs.

Rachel then turns to Kayla to discuss habit formation and tracking using AI tools for personal growth. Kayla mentions her continued love for Web3 and highlights its potential for user control and decentralization. She sees AI as the technology Silicon Valley has always wanted, enabling real-time utilization of data for better decision-making and predictive analysis. Kayla introduces her project, Meet Milo, which focuses on creating a personal experience using AI to measure and incentivize personal growth. She believes that AI, trained to understand an individual's unique traits and weaknesses, can create an optimal environment for personal growth.

Rachel expresses her admiration for Kayla's experiment, where she let AI dictate her daily schedule for a week to improve her well-being. She mentions that Kayla's video inspired her and motivated her to reconnect. Rachel emphasizes the importance of sharing personal journeys and experiences with AI.

Short-term and Long-term Goals

Chad, an AI enthusiast, shared his short-term and long-term goals in relation to AI. In the short term, Chad aims to understand AI technology comprehensively and disseminate that knowledge to the wider community. His focus lies in teaching practical AI applications, such as prompt engineering, which can empower individuals to build tools that amplify human capabilities and improve everyday life. Looking ahead, Chad anticipates a rapidly evolving world and intends to stay at the forefront of AI advancements. His goal is to understand both optimistic and pessimistic viewpoints surrounding AI and support others in navigating and benefiting from these transformative technologies.

Harnessing AI for a Better World

Kayla's long-term goal with Milo aligns with Chad's vision of using AI to create a better world. By harnessing the power of AI, Kayla envisions enhancing the human quality of life to transcend limitations and empower individuals to overcome their circumstances. She emphasizes the importance of utilizing AI technology to create a positive impact, not just within the virtual realm, but also in tangible, real-world experiences. Kayla's work with Milo exemplifies the potential of AI to bridge the gap between technology and human well-being.

Getting Started with AI

Before discussing their favourite AI tools, Chad interjects to highlight the significance of personal AIs. He notes that existing large models like ChatGPT or anthropic clouds are generalized and require extensive prompting and context to understand specific situations. Chad expresses interest in Kayla's project and the idea of personal AIs that consistently learn from an individual's data.

Returning to Rachel's question about favourite AI tools, Chad explains that he primarily focuses on playing with different prompt engineering techniques, particularly GPT-4. He mentions using OpenAI APIs for code generation and explores ways to make GPT-4 output structured data, such as true or false values or JSON, which can be utilized for various use cases.

Chad explains the benefits of using Web3 technologies to enable decentralized machine learning. He highlights the importance of distributing resources and avoiding centralization in the training of large language models. He mentions the concept of "federated machine learning”, where the model is passed to multiple participants who train it on their data, gradually improving its accuracy. Chad envisions a collaborative system where individuals contribute their data and receive tokens in return while still protecting their privacy.

He also mentions zero-knowledge machine learning, a field that allows verifying computations without revealing the actual data. While it currently has computational overhead, zero-knowledge inference, which verifies the output of a model, is more feasible. Chad suggests that the convergence of Web3 and AI will likely involve zero-knowledge technology in ensuring privacy and security.

For those interested in exploring AI and its possibilities, Chad recommends starting with an understanding of basic ways to prompt AI models like ChatGPT. This knowledge enables individuals to optimize their interactions with AI systems and extract the most value from them. Additionally, he suggests exploring resources like Worldcoin's zero-knowledge machine learning repository and's prompt engineering course, which provide conceptual and technical insights into AI.

Navigating the AI and Web3 Journey

Rachel expresses excitement about the upcoming discussion on privacy and zero-knowledge technology in Web3. She further asks about the integration of privacy, security, and data ownership in Web3 and AI applications, seeking insights on how individuals can maintain control over their data while ensuring privacy and security.

Chad emphasizes the importance of privacy in AI applications and mentions techniques such as federated machine learning and differential privacy that can help preserve privacy while training models on sensitive data. He also mentions the need for compliance with regulations like HIPAA in healthcare to ensure data protection.

Kayla adds that Web3 technologies, specifically zero-knowledge proofs, can provide privacy and data anonymity to users, which is crucial in the context of AI. She mentions the importance of having an ethics and transparency officer and notes that discussions about creating regulatory bodies for AI and data security are underway.

Rachel expresses her belief in the responsibility to regulate AI due to its power and potential impact on society. She mentions the open letter signed by prominent figures in the AI community, calling for caution and understanding of the implications of training large models. The discussion touches on the potential for AI to disrupt and manipulate, highlighting the need for checks and balances in the development and deployment of AI technologies.

Regarding AI-powered personal assistants and productivity, Kayla believes that they will fundamentally change how people learn and function in society. AI can provide personalized structures and guidance to help individuals optimize their productivity, achieve their goals, and develop healthy habits. Kayla emphasizes that embracing AI can enhance personal growth and character development when used responsibly.

Overall, the conversation highlights the importance of privacy, ethics, and regulation in AI applications, as well as the potential for AI to positively impact individuals' lives when leveraged in a responsible and personalized manner.

Stay Connected: Resources and Final Thoughts

This episode provides a captivating exploration of AI's potential in the Web3 landscape. Chad and Kayla's perspectives shed light on the transformative power of AI technology. It emphasizes the importance of customization, personalization, and a human-centric approach to leveraging AI for the betterment of society. With the rapid advancement of AI, it becomes crucial for individuals to stay informed, adapt, and embrace these technologies to create a positive impact. By understanding and harnessing AI's capabilities, we can build a better world that enhances human well-being, amplifies individual potential, and fosters a sustainable and regenerative future.

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