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Our podcast interviews feature the best and brightest executives and researchers in artificial intelligence today, and each episode highlights current and near-term AI use-cases of value for business leaders. Explore our full list of AI podcast episodes below:

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Prescriptive Analytics Driving the Smart Enterprise with Ann Miura-Ko

Episode Summary: In the last few months, we've had a string of fantastic interviews with investors and have gained a cross-industry picture of what's important for start-ups and emerging trends in the AI and ML space. This week's interview is no exception. Ann Miura-Ko, co-founder and partner at Floodgate, starts with an explanation of the "self-driving enterprise" concept, her functioning idea about AI investing and the future of software in general. Her high-level insights embody an interesting emphasis on the dynamic of human-machine interactions and relationships cross industries, including the constant workflows and interactions of people using software and bolstering the predictive and prescriptive analytics capabilities of that software. While forward-thinking, Miura-Ko also paints a picture of how these synergistic relationships between humans and machines are happening with companies today.

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Gary Swart on Defensibility and Scale for AI Companies

Episode Summary: This week we interview Polaris Partners' Gary Swart, who gives his perspective on companies that are doing "AI right" i.e. laying strong foundations for using AI applications optimally. Swart provides valuable examples of how he's seen companies use AI as a tool to build more defensible and durable business models in an increasingly competitive landscape. Getting an investor's perspective in AI is always a good idea for companies looking to raise money, particularly when it comes to understanding the types of AI trends that excite VC's. Even more broadly, an investor's perspective can point to emerging factors in how AI is going to impact a particular industry, shining a light on industry developments and commonalities that matter for companies across industries who are leveraging an increasing number of AI tools and applications.

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Deep Learning on Front Line Against New Malware Attacks

Episode Summary: The upsurge of malware and sophisticated attacks continue to keep cybersecurity in the spotlight, but new developments in AI and deep learning offer more advanced solutions to combat security threats. This week, we catch up with Eli David, CTO of Deep Instinct—a company founded in Israel with US headquarters in San Francisco—that applies deep learning in malware defense and information security. David spoke with us about why and how the deep-learning approach to AI is relevant to the future of cybersecurity.

Scopely and the Uses of AI and Analytics in Gaming

Scopely and the Uses of AI and Analytics in Gaming

Episode Summary: One of the most clear insights from our recent consensus on machine learning in marketing was that companies who have more digital touch points along the path to conversion—and more conversion in general—have an advantage when applying AI and ML technologies. In this week's episode, Scopely Co-Founder Ankur Bulsara shines a light on this dynamic and describes how gaming companies are taking advantage of digital trails and applying machine learning technologies. We don't cover much gaming on the Emerj podcast, so this interview is a bit off the beaten path. Bulsara speaks about how dialed-in and instrumented the mobile gaming environment is and how data is used to leverage higher conversions over time, as well as how Scopely's systems are set in place to ensure success of their business model. We think his insights on how gaming companies leverage higher conversions with (and without) machine learning can serve as an analogy for companies in other industries that are considering how to set in place similar, optimal digital processes over time.

Marketing Results with AI

What Does it Take to Improve Marketing Results with AI?

Episode Summary: In this episode we speak with Co-founder and CEO Alex Holub of  Vidora about how businesses, particularly in the digital and B2C spaces, can improve marketing results with AI. Holub discusses the resources needed—time, money, in-house or outside expertise, calibration, and data—in order to leverage AI in a realistic way. It's safe to say that today, some businesses are not yet set up to be leveraging AI, while others should be seriously considering taking the leap to using machine learning in their marketing processes. Holub draws some firm lines as to what kinds of businesses are primed to take advantage of AI, and what it takes to flip the switch and make AI a useful and inspired revenue driver in the marketing domain. Many of Holub's useful insights are echoed in our machine learning in marketing consensus from last month, also worth reading if you're interested in additional first-hand perspectives from executives using AI in the marketing space. Alex was introduced to us by our friends are BootstrapLabs.

Investing in AI Healthcare Applications – and Why Doctors Don't Want to Be Replaced

Investing in AI Healthcare Applications – and Why Doctors Don’t Want to Be Replaced

Episode Summary: Venture investing in AI healthcare applications has been on the uptick and is directly related to the subject of this week's episode: just how the healthcare industry is (and isn't) being impacted by innovations in AI technology. Guest Steve Gullans of Boston-Based Excel Venture Management talks about some of the various healthcare-related ML and AI applications that he sees being brought to light, and touches on which innovations have a better chance of getting blocked and redirected by parties of interest and those that have more promise in being accepted and rolled out sooner.