a16z Podcast

Andreessen Horowitz

The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends...

  • 23 minutes 54 seconds
    A Big Week in AI: GPT-4o & Gemini Find Their Voice

    This was a big week in the world of AI, with both OpenAI and Google dropping significant updates. So big that we decided to break things down in a new format with our Consumer partners Bryan Kim and Justine Moore. We discuss the multi-modal companions that have found their voice, but also why not all audio is the same, and why several nuances like speed and personality really matter.

     

    Resources:

    OpenAI’s Spring announcement: https://openai.com/index/hello-gpt-4o/

    Google I/O announcements: https://blog.google/technology/ai/google-io-2024-100-announcements/

     

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    19 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 40 minutes 5 seconds
    Remaking the UI for AI

    Make sure to check out our new AI + a16z feed: https://link.chtbl.com/aiplusa16z
     

    a16z General Partner Anjney Midha joins the podcast to discuss what's happening with hardware for artificial intelligence. Nvidia might have cornered the market on training workloads for now, but he believes there's a big opportunity at the inference layer — especially for wearable or similar devices that can become a natural part of our everyday interactions. 

    Here's one small passage that speaks to his larger thesis on where we're heading:

    "I think why we're seeing so many developers flock to Ollama is because there is a lot of demand from consumers to interact with language models in private ways. And that means that they're going to have to figure out how to get the models to run locally without ever leaving without ever the user's context, and data leaving the user's device. And that's going to result, I think, in a renaissance of new kinds of chips that are capable of handling massive workloads of inference on device.

    "We are yet to see those unlocked, but the good news is that open source models are phenomenal at unlocking efficiency.  The open source language model ecosystem is just so ravenous."

    More from Anjney:

    The Quest for AGI: Q*, Self-Play, and Synthetic Data

    Making the Most of Open Source AI

    Safety in Numbers: Keeping AI Open

    Investing in Luma AI

    Follow everyone on X:

    Anjney Midha

    Derrick Harris

    Check out everything a16z is doing with artificial intelligence here, including articles, projects, and more podcasts.

     

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    16 May 2024, 11:00 am
  • 42 minutes 24 seconds
    How Discord Became a Developer Platform

    In 2009 Discord cofounder and CEO, Jason Citron, started building tools and infrastructure for games. Fast forward to today and the platform has over 200 million monthly active users. 

    In this episode, Jason, alongside a16z General Partner Anjney Midha—who merged his company Ubiquity6 with Discord in 2021—shares insights on the nuances of community-driven product development, the shift from gamer to developer, and Discord’s longstanding commitment to platform extensibility. 

    Now, with Discord's recent release of embeddable apps, what can we expect now that it's easier than ever for developers to build? 

    Resources: 

    Find Jason on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasoncitron

    Find Anjney on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnjneyMidha

     

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    10 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 59 minutes 59 seconds
    Securing the Black Box: OpenAI, Anthropic, and GDM Discuss

    Human nature fears the unknown, and with the rapid progress of AI, concerns naturally arise. Uncanny robocalls, data breaches, and misinformation floods are among the worries. But what about security in the era of large language models?

    In this episode, we hear from security leaders at OpenAI, Anthropic, and Google DeepMind. Matt Knight, Head of Security at OpenAI, Jason Clinton, CISO at Anthropic, and Vijay Bolina, CISO at Google DeepMind, are joined by Joel de la Garza, operating partner at a16z and former chief security officer at Box and Citigroup.

    Together, they explore how large language models impact security, including changes in offense and defense strategies, misuse by nation-state actors, prompt engineering, and more. In this changing environment, how do LLMs transform security dynamics? Let's uncover the answers.

     

    Resources:

    Find Joel on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/3448827723723234/

    Find Vijay Bolina on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vijaybolina

    Find Jason Clinton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonDClinton

    Find Matt Knight  on Twitter: https://twitter.com/embeddedsec

     

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    6 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 55 minutes 48 seconds
    Can AI Advance Science? DeepMind's VP of Science Weighs In

    In recent years, the AI landscape has seen huge advancements, from the release of Dall-E 2 in April 2022 to the emergence of AI music and video models in early 2024.

    While creative tools often steal the spotlight, AlphaFold 2 marked a groundbreaking AI breakthrough in biology in 2021. Since its release, this pioneering tool for predicting protein structures has been utilized by over 1.7 million scientists worldwide, influencing fields ranging from genomics to computational chemistry.

    In this episode, DeepMind's VP of Research for Science, Pushmeet Kohli, and a16z General Partner Vijay Pande discuss the transformative potential of AI in scientific exploration. Can AI lead to fundamentally new discoveries in science? Let's find out.

     

    Resources: 

    Find Pushmeet on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pushmeet

    Find Vijay on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vijaypande

    Learn more about Google DeepMind: https://deepmind.google

    Read DeepMind’s AlphaFold whitepaper: https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/a-glimpse-of-the-next-generation-of-alphafold

    Read DeepMind’s AlphaGeometry: https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/alphageometry-an-olympiad-level-ai-system-for-geometry

    Read DeepMind’s research on new materials: https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/millions-of-new-materials-discovered-with-deep-learning/

    Read DeepMind’s paper on FunSearch, focused on new discoveries in mathematics: https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/funsearch-making-new-discoveries-in-mathematical-sciences-using-large-language-models

     

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    1 May 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 30 minutes 36 seconds
    Next-Gen Gaming: AI Souls, Real-time Culture, Personalized Avatars

    Over 3,700 companies applied to a16z’s SPEEDRUN. In this episode, we meet the founders pushing the boundaries of what games can be.

    From the fusion of traditional gaming elements with modern tech-twists, a16z General Partner Andrew Chen and Partner Josh Lu discuss the challenges and wins of creating games that are not only fun but also integrate seamlessly into the digital age, from AI-twins to games that “move at the speed of culture”. 

    Whether you’re a developer, an enthusiast, or just curious about the future of interactive entertainment, this episode provides a glimpse into how today's creators use creativity and technology to captivate.

    If you're passionate about shaping the future of gaming, consider applying for SPEEDRUN 3.0 at a16z.com/speedrun3.

     

    Resources: 

    Submit your SPEEDRUN 3.0 application: https://a16z.com/speedrun-la-2024

    Find Andrew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewchen

    Find Josh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoshLu

    Learn more about Avi and Magic Circle: https://twitter.com/aviromanoff

    Learn more about Lil Snack: https://www.lilsnack.co

    Learn more about Neon Wild: https://www.neonwild.com

    Learn more about Open Souls: https://www.opensouls.studio

    Learn more about Altera: https://altera.al

     

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    26 April 2024, 2:35 pm
  • 24 minutes 55 seconds
    Why America Must Lead in AI Investment with Senator Young (R-IN)

    Senator Todd Young (R-IN) speaks with a16z General Partner Martin Casado about the importance of open innovation and American leadership in AI, and why we need to support AI research at all levels — from the classroom to the war room.

    In this episode, we distinguish science fiction from science reality in the ever-evolving AI landscape.

     

    Resources:

    Find Senator Todd Young on Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddyoungin

    Find Martin Casado on Twitter: https://twitter.com/martin_casado

    Watch the American Dynamism stage talks on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3IqWn1W

    To learn more about the American Dynamism Summit, visit our website: a16z.com/ad-summit

     

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    22 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 40 minutes 39 seconds
    Game On: Marc Andreessen & Andrew Chen Talk Creative Computers

    The gaming industry stands as a pioneer of cutting-edge technologies, ushering in innovations like GPUs, virtual and augmented reality, physics engines, and immersive multiplayer experiences. 

    In this episode, a16z cofounder Marc Andreessen and Andrew Chen, General Partner at a16z Games, dig into why a16z was compelled to establish a dedicated games fund. They explore the origins of tech pessimism, effective engagement with government in tech, its significance for the gaming community, the ongoing AI revolution, and even what Marc himself would build today if he didn't have his hands full. 

    Recorded as part of a16z's extensive games fund accelerator, SPEEDRUN, this session offers valuable insights for founders and innovators at the intersection of games and technology. 

    If you're passionate about shaping the future of gaming, consider applying for SPEEDRUN 3.0 at a16z.com/speedrun3.

     

    Resources: 

    Find Marc on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Find Andrew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewchen

    Submit your SPEEDRUN 3.0 application: https://a16z.com/speedrun-la-2024

     

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    17 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 30 minutes 19 seconds
    Inside the Department of Defense and its Vision for the Future

    From air-defining radar and electronic systems that helped the Allies win World War II, the origins of Silicon Valley are deeply rooted in government and defense.

    In today's episode, we get the chance to revisit that relationship with the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense, Kathleen Hicks.

    Deputy Secretary Hicks has spent decades of her career focused on defense policy and in her keynote address from a16z's second annual American Dynamism Summit in Washington, D.C., you'll get an inside look into the priorities of the DoD and how it views its past, present, and future.

    In the second half of the episode, you’ll hear highlights from Deputy Secretary Hicks' fireside chat with Wall Street Journal’s National Security Editor, Sharon Weinberger, where they dive into the numerous issues facing our country today, from Ukraine to the use of AI on the battlefield.

     

    Resources: 

    Find Deputy Secretary Hicks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/depsecdef

    Find Sharon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/weinbergersa

    To learn more about the American Dynamism Summit: www.a16z.com/ad-summit

    Visit the full playlist of American Dynamism Summit videos on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3IqWn1W

     

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    10 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 1 hour 43 minutes
    Politics & the Future of Tech with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz

    “If America is going to be America in the next one hundred years, we have to get this right.” - Ben Horowitz

    This week on “The Ben & Marc Show”, a16z co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen take on one of the most hot button issues facing technology today: tech regulation and policy.

    In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc delve into why the political interests of “Big Tech” conflict with a positive technological future, the necessity of decentralized AI, and how the future of American innovation is at its most critical point. They also answer YOUR questions from X (formerly Twitter). That and much more. Enjoy!

     

    Resources:

    Watch full episode: https://youtu.be/dX7d6bRJI9k

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

    Ben’s Article: “Politics and the Future” bit.ly/3PGKrgw

     

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    5 April 2024, 12:15 pm
  • 25 minutes 58 seconds
    The Real Price of Healthcare with Mark Cuban

    From judging inventions on “Shark Tank” to reshaping the image of NBA ownership, Mark Cuban is known for many things. In this chat with a16z General Partner David Ulevitch, he discusses the importance of entrepreneurship for maintaining America’s status as the most innovative place on the planet. This includes making big bets, like he’s doing with Cost Plus Drugs, his latest venture that seeks to upend the prescription drug markets.

     

    Resources: 

    Find Mark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcuban

    Find David Ulevitch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidu

    Learn more about the American Dynamism Summit: www.a16z.com/ad-summit

     

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    29 March 2024, 4:57 pm
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