Artificial intelligence (AI) now influences every aspect of our lives, from medicine to entertainment to business. The renowned magazine “Time” has now published its list of the 100 most influential people in the world of AI. Who are these people and what does the list say about the state and development of AI?
You can find the full list here.
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, tops the list and is described as “perhaps the most powerful person in artificial intelligence today”. This is no surprise, as OpenAI is behind some of the most impressive developments in AI, such as ChatGPT and DALL-E.
But Altman is far from the only one who deserves recognition. Big names like Demis Hassabis of Google DeepMind, Jensen Huang of Nvidia and executives from tech giants like Microsoft, Intel and Baidu also have their place on the list. Interestingly, Elon Musk also finds himself on the list. His dual role as a warner against the dangers of AI and as a champion of the technology makes him a particularly noteworthy figure.
Although the list contains many expected names, there are also surprises. For example, 18-year-old Sneha Revanur. She is the founder of Encode Justice, an organisation that works to involve young people in the political regulation of AI. An impressive commitment that even caught the attention of US Vice President Kamala Harris.
The German list is small but fine. Jan Leike is largely responsible for keeping OpenAI’s AI models under control, while Richard Socher launched you.com, an AI-powered chatbot. Socher’s comment that such success would not have been possible in Germany raises questions about the innovation landscape in different countries.
It is also interesting that the list includes only five active politicians. This could indicate that the AI industry is still heavily dominated by the private sector, despite its profound social and political impact. The politicians mentioned include Taiwan’s Minister of Digital Affairs, Audrey Tang, and EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is currently running for the presidency of the European Investment Bank. Also notable is Omar Al Olama, who holds the post of Minister of Artificial Intelligence in the United Arab Emirates.
The list published by Time is more than just a list of names. It offers a glimpse into the power centres and relationships that are driving AI development. It also shows that while the industry is heavily dominated by tech giants, there is still room for individuals to make a difference.
In summary, the list shows that the world of AI is shaped by a variety of players, from tech giants to young innovators to politicians. It is a fascinating mosaic of individuals whose visions and ambitions will shape the future of technology. It will be exciting to see how this landscape evolves in the coming years.