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The rise of Generative AI: from AlphaGo to ChatGPT

14 September 2023 • by Michael R. Wade, Amit M. Joshi in Mike & Amit Talk Tech

Mike & Amit discuss the history of artificial intelligence, and how today's particular brand of generative AI emerged...

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Artificial intelligence has been talked about for decades, but over the last year, there has been a shift in the conversation.

The rise of ChatGPT and other forms of generative AI has led to a fierce debate. While some have heralded a new utopian world in which artificial intelligence fixes our problems, others have sounded the alarm, warning of a dystopian future ruled by machines. World leaders, public intellectuals, and the heads of billion-dollar tech companies have staked a claim to both sides.

But is this moment really different from what’s come before? Is generative AI truly disruptive? Or is this yet another tech fad?

Over several special episodes of Mike & Amit Talk Tech, our hosts will explore these questions and more. In today’s episode, they cover the history of artificial intelligence, debate what it is and what it could be, and how today’s particular brand of generative AI emerged.


Michael Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy and Director of the IMD Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. He also holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. An expert in digital transformation, he has published 10 books and more than 100 case studies, as well as articles on topics such as digital business transformation, innovation, strategy, and digital leadership.

Amit Joshi is a Professor of AI, Analytics, and Marketing Strategy. He specializes in helping organizations use artificial intelligence and develop their big data, analytics, and AI capabilities. An award-winning professor and researcher, he has extensive experience in AI and analytics-driven transformations in industries such as banking, fintech, retail, automotive, telecoms, and pharma.

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