Artificial intelligence is becoming more of a reality day by day. Once theorized to be a revolution for how we live, it can also become a scary proposition. As such, UFC commentator and podcast Joe Rogan has already had his first eerie experience with AI.
Previously, an AI-generated version of the Joe Rogan Experience began doing the rounds on social media. An almost lifelike replication of the original podcast, the Joe Rogan AI Experience featured an AI version of Rogan having a conversation with OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman about Artificial Intelligence itself.
This is going to get very slippery, kids. https://t.co/lB0TRMJFYS
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) April 11, 2023
With the video rapidly going viral, it was soon brought to the attention of Rogan, by fans who tagged him on Twitter. Replying to a tagged comment of the AI-generated podcast, Rogan replied, “This is going to get very slippery, kids”. Understandably, the response had a ‘dark foreshadowing for the future’ undertone to it. Having seen some things in his time, the 55-year-old is clearly caught off guard by the advancements made using AI.
However, Rogan is no stranger to Artificial Intelligence. Previously, Rogan has deliberated on the matter to a great extent with the likes of Elon Musk, Sam Harris, Bret Weinstein, Lex Fridman, Peter Attia, and more. Whilst Joe’s discussions were ranging around the use of ChatGPT, and a Boston Dynamics robot, the podcast genuinely caught Rogan by surprise, and not in a good way.
Joe Rogan salary and exclusive deal with Spotify
Previously, Joe Rogan signed a deal with Spotify for “The Joe Rogan Experience” in 2020. As per the deal, Rogan’s immensely popular podcast would be exclusive to the streaming platform. According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, getting Joe onboard was vital for the company to be able to compete with the likes of Google and Apple. As per various sources, the initial deal, from 2020 through to 2023 was worth $200 million, with some claiming that Rogan stood to earn even more.
Averaging over 10 million listeners per episode, the podcast was recently knocked from its #1 spot in the UK. Notably, YouTuber WillNe’s “This Week on The Internet” was able to capture the top spot. Although the feat may be short-lived it is an accomplishment regardless, given the dominance of Rogan’s podcast worldwide. First launched in 2009, it covers a whole host of topics, including science, culture, politics, and more. Additionally, its popularity has seen some of the most popular people on the planet make an appearance on it.
For the most part, the podcast is loved for its long, conversational format. Unlike other podcasts, there are no agendas or checklists, just Rogan’s curiosity, and his own knowledge. Whilst Joe’s podcast can be generated in AI, it will never be able to replicate his aura and ‘human touch’. However, it does serve as a reminder of how quickly technology is catching up.
Previously, Rogan has often joked about how the human race is rapidly headed toward an AI-dominated future. Taking “The Terminator” franchise as an example, Rogan has often warned of what the future can be. Labeling AI as a genie that is ‘never getting back in the bottle’, Joe is rightfully worried about the future of the human race.