NOTE: These interviews are arranged by date, starting from the earliest interview.
Emad Mostaque is a renowned entrepreneur and AI expert, who is best known as the founder and CEO of Stability.ai, a company that specializes in building open AI tools and fostering decentralized developer communities. With over 20,000 members, Stability.ai is one of the largest developer communities in the world.
Mostaque’s background is unique and varied, with experience in finance and economics, as well as a deep understanding of technology and its role in shaping the future. He also has a personal connection to the cause of AI democratization as his son was diagnosed with autism and he sees the potential for AI to help with early diagnosis and treatment.
Mostaque is known for his innovative approach to AI, and his company’s flagship product, Stable Diffusion, is a prime example of this. Stable Diffusion is an open-source transformer language model that can generate new and unique images, making it the most advanced technology in its field. By making Stable Diffusion open-source, Mostaque aims to democratize access to AI technology and make it available to everyone.
In addition to his work with Stability.ai, Mostaque is also an advocate for AI ethics and the responsible development and deployment of AI. He believes in aligning AI systems with human values and goals to ensure that the technology serves the greater good.
In this blog, we collected all the interviews of Emad Mostaque for us to get to know him better, his work at Stability.ai, Stable Diffusion, and everything we don’t know about him yet!
August 13, 2022
Yannich Kilcher (25:41)
Emad Mostaque explains the purpose and mission of Stability AI, discussing the source of funding for the company and comparing it to CERN for AI. He also addresses the question of who has access to the resources provided by the company. He goes on to explain the concept of Stable Diffusion, which is one of the company’s well-known open-source text-to-image generation model. Mostaque also talks about the potential consequences of the model producing bad outputs and the measures taken to prevent it. He also discussed about the people employed by the company and how it prevents the corruption of profit.
September 19, 2022
Will Jarvis (42:48)
In this episode, Mostaque joins to discuss his recent launch of Stable Diffusion, an open-source transformer language model. Emad delves into the topic of AI ethics, explaining his beliefs on responsible AI development and deployment. He also talks about AI alignment, the process of aligning AI systems with human values and goals.
Additionally, Emad shares his thoughts on the significance of large language models and their potential impact on the future. He also sheds light on the importance of open-source and democratizing access to AI technology. Overall, the conversation provides valuable insights into the current state and future of AI and the role of large language models in shaping it.
October 1, 2022
Aarthi and Sriram’s Good Time Show (1:16:08)
In this episode, Aarthi and Sriram interview Emad Mostaque to discuss topics including Mostaque’s background, his religious beliefs as a Muslim, how his son’s autism diagnosis influenced the development of Stable Diffusion, the use of Large Language Models (LLMs), his perspective on AI ethics, how developing countries like India can benefit from AI, and his belief in open sourcing and providing access to AI technology to everyone. They also touch on the current trend of AI’s involvement in everyday life and art, and the ethical considerations that come with using AI.
October 18, 2022
Infinite Loops (1:25:17)
Emad Mostaque talks about how open AI can lead to better outcomes for AI safety. He also explains how AI can allow us to solve previously unsolvable problems and how it can transform education. He also touches on the topic of AI and storytelling and what “clean” data means. He also talks about the potential for AI technology to increase IQs across the world and the future of jobs, AI alignment, and the concept of a panopticon. He also discusses why closed AI is a bad business model and the importance of anticipating and defending against future problems. Finally, he shares two ideas that he would like to give to everyone in the world.
October 23, 2022
Scale AI (31:45)
In this conversation, Mostaque explores the latest trends in open-source AI infrastructure, generative models, and the significance of data for the practical applications of AI. He also shares his predictions on the development of “text-to-everything” in Artificial Intelligence. He mentions Stable Diffusion, an AI-based algorithm that was launched in August, which caused a stir in the deep learning scene for its ability to generate highly realistic images from any text input. \The company’s mission is to design and implement solutions using collective intelligence and advanced technology, and has a developer community of over 20,000 members who are working on building AI for the future.
October 25, 2022
Elad Gil (58:08)
In this discussion, Mostaque covers several topics related to Artificial Intelligence. He shares the journey of Stability AI, and talks about Stable Diffusion and Generative Models. He also elaborates on the use cases and startup opportunities in image generation. He also mentions other types of generative models and the concept of open-source and AI, and gives his predictions on what the world will look like in five years. He also talks about AI safety and the global AI landscape.
November 19, 2022
Weights and Biases (1:10:28)
Mostaque is the CEO and co-founder of Stability AI, a startup that focuses on creating open AI tools through a network of decentralized developer communities. The company is known for Stable Diffusion, a popular open-source text-to-image generation model. In this episode, Mostaque discusses the story and purpose of Stability AI, which is to unlock humanity’s potential through open AI technology. Lastly, he and Lukas talk about future developments in the industry such as the comparison between big and “optimal” models, the need for better datasets, and the significance of decentralization in AI.
December 2, 2022
Real Vision Finance (1:01:19)
Mostaque, a former hedge fund manager turned entrepreneur, is the founder of Stability AI, the company that developed Stable Diffusion, an AI-based algorithm that generates new and unique images. The technology is considered to be the most advanced in its field and Emad’s goal is to make it accessible to the masses. In this conversation with Raoul, Mostaque explains how quickly AI is advancing, the potential implications for the future, and why he decided to make Stable Diffusion open-source. He believes that this type of technology should be available to everyone, not just large tech companies. His vision is for AI to be developed, controlled and used by the general public, and this holds great potential for opportunities.
December 16, 2022
Nina Schick (43:24)
In this episode, Mostaque covers several topics related to Artificial Intelligence. He discusses Stability’s role in funding the open-source AI research community, and how the immense popularity of Stable Diffusion, an open-source AI-based image generation algorithm. He also talks about Generative AI as a new medium of human communication, and its potential to radically improve current systems in fields such as education and healthcare. Lastly, he talks about the advent of multi-modal models such as video models, 3D models, language models and code models.
December 22, 2022
Peter H. Diamandis (1:42:17)
Mostaque talks about using AI to understand important things, specifically, using AI to help treat autism. He also speaks about rendering a virtualized world in real time and the impact it will have on Hollywood. He emphasizes that communication and a common vision are keys to success. He talks about the importance of AI being developed “by the people, for the people” and the implications of people believing they are doing the right thing even when they are not. He share this, along with his mindset for success and the “moonshots” he is currently working on.
January 7, 2023
Cartoon Avatars (57:33)
Mostaque, in this episode, joins to talk about the future of Artificial Intelligence. He covers a range of topics including the potential for AI to generate entire movies in real-time, its impact on the healthcare industry in potentially identifying cancer early, and its potential benefits in fields such as education and charities. He also mentions the potential for regulations and the overall societal impact AI may have. Additionally, he mentions the success of Stable Diffusion as becoming one of the most widely used open-source software in the world.