EP 18: Emad Mostaque, founder of Stable Diffusion on AI ethics, religion, India's AI future and open source (Audio)

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In this episode, Aarthi and Sriram talk to Emad Mostaque, the founder and CEO of Stability AI, the company behind Stable Diffusion AI (Artificial Intelligence). We covered everything from Emad’s unique background, his religious beliefs as a Muslim, his son’s autism diagnosis and how that shaped the building of Stable Diffusion, on LLMs (Large Language Models), how he thinks about AI ethics, how developing countries like India can leverage AI, and why he believes in open sourcing and democratizing access to AI technology. AI and it’s role in everyday life, especially in art and creativity is all the rage right now, and there are many questions on the role of humans and the ethical questions that arise from leveraging Artificial Intelligence.

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00:00 – Trailer

00:45 – Introducing Emad Mostaque, founder of Stability AI and Stable Diffusion

02:04 – Who is Emad?

05:50 – Dishoom and reward systems

08:00 – Using AI for autism and Aspergers research

10:00 – XPrize 11:00 – Religion and theology and AI

14:20 – Origin of Stable Diffusion AI

21:00 – Evolution of Stability AI, research and funding

24:30 – How does Stable Diffusion work? Explaining LLMs and Google’s Transformers paper.

30:00 – AI ethics

34:20 – Decision to open source Stable Diffusion

37:30 – Having few gatekeepers (vs open source) is bad business

41:40 – AI applications, prompt engineering

46:00 – Role of humans in AI

53:00 – Surprising prompts that Emad has seen

59:00 – What needs to be solved for next step level change

1:02:00 – Metaverse and AI

1:07:00 – What does interactive model mean

1:10:00 – India and AI 1:12:00 – Working with governments

1:14:20 – Emad’s favorite prompt