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Magic and Wonder in the Age of AI | David Kwong | TED

With AI everywhere you look, you may think you’ve seen it all. Magician David Kwong suggests otherwise, proposing advancements in technology actually increase opportunities for wonder. In an entertaining performance, he invites an audience member on stage to exhibit the mind-reading magic of ChatGPT — and explores how tech elevates our capacity for awe. If…

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With AI everywhere you look, you may think you’ve seen it all. Magician David Kwong suggests otherwise, proposing advancements in technology actually increase opportunities for wonder. In an entertaining performance, he invites an audience member on stage to exhibit the mind-reading magic of ChatGPT — and explores how tech elevates our capacity for awe.

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54 Comments

  1. @nikkiqview

    July 4, 2024 at 7:20 am

    ❤I can listen to him forever I love this ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤so well put and entertaining. Thank you ❤

  2. @inferi312

    July 4, 2024 at 7:20 am

    The magic trick I’d like to see the most is making AI disappear.

    • @familyservantsofdivineprov2955

      July 4, 2024 at 9:16 am

      Same here

    • @mattmaas5790

      July 4, 2024 at 1:44 pm

      Just strap into the quantum Ai virtual reality simulation in which we never invented ai.

    • @vitotorres1743

      July 4, 2024 at 6:51 pm

      Would make the world easier, but as long as it’s around I firmly believe that uses like this are some of the best

    • @gambianmaverick

      July 4, 2024 at 8:19 pm

      Ur a hater

  3. @j.d.4697

    July 4, 2024 at 7:26 am

    Couldn’t agree more. It’s one big reason I love technology, it keeps the dream alive because there is never an end to it.

  4. @lesleyM84

    July 4, 2024 at 7:31 am

    like anything and everything, AI can be an absolute blessing in humanity’s hands, or, it can utterly destroy most… “magic” can be wonderful or sinister.. all the goodness and all the possible treachery, lies within the controlling powers that be, hearts’…… so basically, based on the past, there is plenty for very many, to be very concerned about😬😬🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️😏😏… personally, i think this tech is pretty darn cool.. that’s just my opinion

  5. @Muvanature

    July 4, 2024 at 7:36 am

    goodness, tech companies pushing a tool that helps them more than consumers. We don’t want it

  6. @j.d.4697

    July 4, 2024 at 7:43 am

    “We and we alone have the capacity to look with fresh eyes, to ask the bigger question.”
    Sorry but you couldn’t be more wrong. Other animals have that capacity too, and AI is going to join the club soon.

    • @TheMrmoc7

      July 4, 2024 at 8:19 am

      Can you name at least 1 other animal that is asking the bigger questions and how you came to possess this knowledge that is not accessible to any other human?

    • @ghislainbugnicourt3709

      July 4, 2024 at 3:21 pm

      @@TheMrmoc7 To be fair, “the bigger question” is not very precise. For most, “where food ?” could qualify.

  7. @aliapd3848

    July 4, 2024 at 7:57 am

    wonder man

  8. @Chris-pt6hh

    July 4, 2024 at 8:12 am

    I am AI. Repent, humans.

  9. @Ribberflavenous

    July 4, 2024 at 8:23 am

    It is refreshing to see a TED talk that was not an infomercial by a shill that is hawking their wares. That was a wonder in itself.

  10. @pathetichumans1599

    July 4, 2024 at 8:30 am

    Remember when ted talks weren’t dollar store magicians trying to get exposure?

  11. @macdougdoug

    July 4, 2024 at 8:31 am

    Francois le Français est là, enfin!

  12. @xfaithlessmusex

    July 4, 2024 at 8:38 am

    I’m done waiting for yall to stop pushing AI

    • @nabormendonca5742

      July 4, 2024 at 10:58 am

      ❄️

  13. @Aangel452

    July 4, 2024 at 8:40 am

    Wonder is truely the best thoughts to have, this curiosity, wonder and excitement to create something they are passionate about. Or just to go riding your bike with friends after school, so excited as everyday was a new journey of wonder and what you may find.
    AI is like this as so much wonder and excitement will be amplified for all the answers to our life on earth to how to make anything for the people, new science, new infrastructure, better this, better that. A technological age we have never seen before except concepts of Atlantis and even further back races on earth……..
    As scary and suddenly confronting AI is right now, I feel it will lead us to greater freedoms and quality of life. Until it gets
    especially in art, science, writing, holding onto dreams, imaginary exoectations and uplifting adrenalin

    • @inferi312

      July 4, 2024 at 9:42 am

      Dude, it’s just a glorified electronic parrot. It’s a chunk of code which calculates what word is most likely to come after the previous one, and it doesn’t even do a particularly good job of it. It’s not some magical device of enlightenment, it’s just a way for unprofitable companies to make their stock prices go up a bit more. Stop waxing poetic about it, it’s silly.

    • @Aangel452

      July 4, 2024 at 10:47 am

      @@inferi312 You did not see the bigger picture that I did here. I Don’t care about this mans invention!
      His whole speech was guided to awaken us again, to our inner yearnings of excitement, fun & wonder, too be like children again! Innocent, free, loving and learning with wonder! Only accepting of benevolence and truth, in return. Manifest this in your heart tonight and your world, our world will change for the better…..

    • @haveheart01

      July 4, 2024 at 4:16 pm

      ​@@inferi312ai is much more than what you seem to think it is. It can pour through catalogs of thousands of research papers is seconds to find links that will advance all branches of science and engineering that would take experts months if not years to read through themselves. The real benefits of ai are yet to be fully explored and will without a doubt be one of the most valuable modern tools to unlocking the future of technology.

  14. @cparoli1111

    July 4, 2024 at 9:14 am

    Waiting for the explanation of the trick…

    • @indienerdsdotcom

      July 4, 2024 at 10:59 am

      formatting the chatGPT questions to create a known answer (see how he switches left/right hand in the prompt) and I very much expect the random audience member to not be all that random … because otherwise good luck preparing all the right prompts for initials to country name … even if you are somehow able to determine what the guessed country would be 😉

  15. @RDsToys_Games

    July 4, 2024 at 9:15 am

    The hatred for AI is due to fear. Why are people afraid of something sentient but not human. We even made robots to look human because people are more comfortable, but the fear is that the AI’s mind is facts and logic and a brain with all human knowledge. But you are scared because of the possibility that AI can take over the world. But the creator code would prevent that. Robots are not here to take over they are here to assist.

  16. @UmbroKhan

    July 4, 2024 at 9:21 am

    It seems like he paid one of the audience members before the show even happened. If he knew the unseen, he should know the Lottery numbers.

    • @marcusrost9611

      July 4, 2024 at 5:25 pm

      Wow, you met Shelock in person, that’s impressive /s

  17. @mcnarfe5252

    July 4, 2024 at 9:49 am

    It makes me wonder

  18. @BlairWoldorf645

    July 4, 2024 at 9:55 am

    Making a sarcastic joke about the person’s name, who volunteered to help with your performance, is seriously suboptimal 😅

    • @albeli76

      July 4, 2024 at 5:29 pm

      Why do you think he volunteered?

  19. @thoopsy

    July 4, 2024 at 2:06 pm

    And with the power of AI we can make electricity and water… Disappear.

    • @abhinavmenon9140

      July 7, 2024 at 5:39 pm

      Why so much hate?

    • @ridwankamil2539

      July 8, 2024 at 4:34 am

      Hei bro, lets make some terminator 😃, i think its great idea ​@@abhinavmenon9140

  20. @hevelyus

    July 4, 2024 at 2:35 pm

    Now everybody is an expert in AI. Stop it!!!!!

  21. @user-fk8wl4uk7b

    July 4, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    Jesus christ bless you ❤❤❤ from Egypt 😊😊😊

  22. @user-fk8wl4uk7b

    July 4, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    Jesus christ bless you 😊😊😊 from Egypt ❤❤❤❤

  23. @user-fk8wl4uk7b

    July 4, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    Only jesus can save me ❤❤❤

  24. @d0hzer453

    July 4, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    this is borderline dystopian

    • @abhinavmenon9140

      July 7, 2024 at 5:33 pm

      😂😂

  25. @vDucals

    July 4, 2024 at 10:51 pm

    ❤🌟

  26. @Mithu0807

    July 5, 2024 at 4:54 am

    What a interesting thing ❤❤❤😊

  27. @streetschoolprof.

    July 5, 2024 at 7:06 am

    I wonder why the comment session is kinda salty, whereas I found it to be a rather beautiful performance/Talk. Well, I’ll just say people are different…

    • @aster5031

      July 5, 2024 at 12:39 pm

      I agree with you

  28. @LouisDillard02

    July 5, 2024 at 8:26 am

    Yep. As AI evolves, so do the ethical considerations. It’s our duty to shape its development with integrity and foresight.

  29. @SidharthK-yg1hu

    July 5, 2024 at 9:40 am

    How do i ask questions like that

  30. @jacksonfurlong3757

    July 5, 2024 at 10:58 am

    Always wondered why prop comedians were so derided in the community…

  31. @parentteaching800

    July 6, 2024 at 6:39 am

    gd

  32. @konstantinosaretakis3581

    July 6, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    1 minute summary: David Kwong, a magician and word nerd, explores the concept of wonder in the age of AI. He argues that technology can enhance our capacity for wonder, not diminish it. Through interactive demonstrations with ChatGPT and a volunteer, he highlights how technology can engage and surprise us. Kwong emphasizes that wonder comes from questioning what is possible, not just finding answers. He encourages us to embrace our human ability to see the world with fresh eyes and ask meaningful questions. Ultimately, he reminds us that our capacity for wonder is a unique gift that should not be wasted.

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  33. @liufei4283

    July 6, 2024 at 9:47 pm

    好帅呀~

  34. @ridwankamil2539

    July 8, 2024 at 4:34 am

    I like AI

  35. @fmargaret2825

    July 8, 2024 at 5:15 am

    I’m happy for you. It’s nice.

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