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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Unveiling TIME's 100 Most Influential in AI

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

In 2023, TIME magazine took on the colossal task of identifying the 100 most influential people in the world of artificial intelligence (AI).

The list, which was meticulously curated over several months, features a diverse range of individuals, from young activists to seasoned tech veterans.

AI's ability to mimic human skills and then surpass them is both its most celebrated and feared quality. It's the people behind the tech, however, that truly shape its trajectory. From the obscured human labour making AI safer to the decision-makers determining its best use, people are at the heart of every AI advance.

Generative AI, capable of producing text, images, videos and more, first graced TIME's cover in February. The technology was hailed as the most significant breakthrough since the advent of social media. AI's rapid growth has since been a recurring theme in TIME's coverage, with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt remarking that the innovation he's witnessing now surpasses anything he's seen in his lifetime.

The TIME100 AI list features individuals grappling with ethical questions surrounding AI and innovators using the technology to tackle social challenges. It includes young leaders like 18-year-old Sneha Revanur, who advocates for ethical AI through her organisation, Encode Justice. It also features AI veterans like 76-year-old Geoffrey Hinton, who left Google to voice concerns about the technology he helped create.

The list is a map of the relationships and power centres driving AI development. It features rivals and regulators, scientists and artists, advocates and executives, all of whom will shape the future of this influential technology.

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