A conversation with LeVar Burton on how generative AI will change the world


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 Microsoft Security Copilot Blog:

LeVar Burton—known for his role as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge in Star Trek and as the host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children's series Reading Rainbow—recently sat down for a one-on-one chat with CVP of Microsoft Security, Vasu Jakkal, to discuss the impact of generative AI on our world.

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Figure 1: LeVar Burton- pop culture icon, content creator, and literacy advocate

The conversation began with a discussion of the impact of Star Trek on both speakers' lives. Burton spoke about how seeing actress Nichelle Nichols on the bridge of the USS Enterprise meant the world to him, as it showed him what creator Gene Roddenberry said was true: “When the future came, there would be a place for me.” Jakkal shared how Star Trek was a pivotal influence in her childhood and is in part responsible for her career in cybersecurity. "Star Trek is a perfect example of what we imagine is what we create in this realm. Human beings, we are manifesting machines,” said Burton. “And Star Trek has been responsible for helping to sow the seeds of germination for a lot of different technologies that are in use in our everyday lives today."

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Figure 2: Vasu Jakkal and LeVar Burton discussing Star Trek's impact on technology and their hope for how generative AI will transform our world.

Generative AI (GenAI) is the transformational technology of our generation. So, we asked LeVar Burton—one of the world’s foremost storytellers and champions of learning through his work in Reading Rainbow —to help us tell the story of how GenAI will improve education and opportunities for everyone across the globe. In addition to reshaping our everyday lives, our emails, and meetings, GenAI is changing how security work gets done. These new solutions—like Microsoft Copilot for Security—help SecOps professionals make sense of large amounts of data at machine speed. They simplify the complex to help defenders find a needle in the haystack, or even a specific needle in a needle stack. Jakkal also discussed how AI can help reduce the talent shortage in the security industry and make it more diverse.

The Microsoft mission is to empower every person and organization in the world to achieve more. And the security mission is to build a safer world for all. Burton expressed his hope that generative AI will help in ways that we haven't thought of before, referencing the cultural shift that happened in just eight nights when the groundbreaking television miniseries Roots aired. "My hope, my prayer is that generative AI can help us educate our kids in ways that we haven't been able to and perhaps haven't even thought of,” stated Burton. He also emphasized the importance of making GenAI safe and accessible to all. Jakkal agreed, touching on the importance of responsibility when using AI, mentioning the Microsoft responsible AI framework—a set of steps to ensure AI systems uphold six principles: fairness, reliability and safety, privacy and security, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability.

Central to the conversation was the concept of hope, and hope for the future. Burton said the younger generation gives him hope, as they see the world and technology in a different way. Jakkal expressed her hope that we can use GenAI to change the world in a good way, by working together and being responsible. Jakkal closed the discussion by saying "I think collectively together we have to use generative AI and the technologies that we have to change this course. Storytelling, the narrative to change the narrative to one of optimism, to one of hope, to one of inclusion… for all and done by all."

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Best of luck if you trust the artificial ignorance of an Artificial Idiot!



That's right.

AI continuously makes so many mistakes, it's kind of silly to put much faith in them.
 

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That's right.

AI continuously makes so many mistakes, it's kind of silly to put much faith in them.
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Now where did I leave that oil can?
 

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@Ghot

A.I is learning all the time -- it's currently at the real "infant" stage - but it will improve. Just think of the young Einstein at age 3 say -- I'm sure he went through a learning process making many mistakes on the way as did the young Mozart (although I believe he could play the piano perfectly at age 4). Just see what it will be like in say even 7 years time (assuming the Chinese, Israeli's. Iranians, N.Koreans and Russians haven't rendered the planet into a nuclear waste by then).

Loved the actor in the Star Trek series.

But be careful for what you wish for when it comes to A.I.

There's plenty of evil Humans on this planet -- there's no reason why A.I can't also be used by those people to commit "better crimes" or achieve more "eviliability".

Ever since humans have been on this planet -- and well before any organised religion was even thought of there's been an incessant war between "Good and Evil" - and judging by the way most of the planet looks today it's still very finely balanced. And in general people like the Mafia etc usually can exploit technology far quicker than legal democratic agencies due to the usually very bureaucratic processes and financial procedures these agencies have to go through first. The Mafia etc don't have the same sorts of constraints.

Cheers
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@Ghot

A.I is learning all the time -- it's currently at the real "infant" stage - but it will improve. Just think of the young Einstein at age 3 say -- I'm sure he went through a learning process making many mistakes on the way as did the young Mozart (although I believe he could play the piano perfectly at age 4). Just see what it will be like in say even 7 years time (assuming the Chinese, Israeli's. Iranians, N.Koreans and Russians haven't rendered the planet into a nuclear waste by then).

Loved the actor in the Star Trek series.

But be careful for what you wish for when it comes to A.I.

There's plenty of evil Humans on this planet -- there's no reason why A.I can't also be used by those people to commit "better crimes" or achieve more "eviliability".

Ever since humans have been on this planet -- and well before any organised religion was even thought of there's been an incessant war between "Good and Evil" - and judging by the way most of the planet looks today it's still very finely balanced. And in general people like the Mafia etc usually can exploit technology far quicker than legal democratic agencies due to the usually very bureaucratic processes and financial procedures these agencies have to go through first. The Mafia etc don't have the same sorts of constraints.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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Much as I rate Levar as a fine actor, it is nonsense using him to spread the hype about AI. He knows no more than we do.
 

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Much as I rate Levar as a fine actor, it is nonsense using him to spread the hype about AI. He knows no more than we do.


Couldn't have said it better.

But, but, he was the engineer on the Enterprise. LOL


Scotty: I'm givin' her all she's got Captain, but the computer is still giving stupid answers. :D
 

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Remember the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project? Now combine that with the Terminator franchise.
 

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