Jonathan is the Founder of SELF, a hyper-personal AI-powered assistant that learns your personal preferences and simplifies your life.
We talk about his concerns around the rise of AI, why there is a need for an ethical alternative and how having a more moral approach to business makes it harder to raise investment.
Jonathan also explains why he thinks tech platforms who don't prioritise human rights over profit qualifies for the big bin of bullshit.
00:27 Guest Introduction: Jonathan McDonald
01:08 The Existential Threat of Artificial Intelligence
01:55 The Ethics of AI and the Dangers of Unchecked Development
03:48 The Need for Ethical Guidelines in AI
05:32 The Risks of AI in Military and Political Decisions
05:57 The Dystopian Future of AI
10:42 The Role of AI in Personal Life
10:54 Introducing 'Self': An Ethical AI Assistant
15:00 The Business Model of 'Self'
18:53 The Importance of Ethical Principles in Technology
21:01 The Creeping Overton Window and Ethics
21:56 The Dangers of Normalising Outrageous Terms and Conditions
22:24 The Genie's Out of the Bottle: A Discussion on Common Sense and Unreasonable Contracts
22:48 The Struggle to Change: Why Don't We Stop?
23:06 The Normalisation of Surrendering Personal Data
23:16 The Vision for a New Social Network
23:48 The Trust in Government and Privacy Concerns
24:16 The Personal Experience with Stop and Search
25:25 The Role of Self in Upholding Society and Safety
25:41 The Mission of Self and the Challenge of Switching Cost
26:04 The Importance of Showing an Alternative Version
27:59 The Bullshit in the Tech Industry: Prioritising Humans and Their Data
28:22 The Struggle of Raising Funds for Ethical Tech
29:05 The Ineffectiveness of Advertising and the Machine that Runs It
33:09 The Role of Self in Career Advice and Personal Shopping
37:55 The Ultimate Value Proposition of Self: Giving Back Time
42:03 The Investment Opportunity in Self
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