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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:

How Machine Learning Shapes Your eBay Experience 1

How Machine Learning Shapes Your eBay Experience

Episode Summary: At Facebook headquarters, I learned there are 1 billion active users every month. In a more recent interview at eBay headquarters in San Jose, l learned that the well-known digital store has over 1 billion products for sale. eBay is, without a doubt, the world’s largest marketplace, and there’s enough incoming data to keep a large team of data scientists busy for years. I speak with Zoher Karu, eBay’s chief data officer, about how eBay leverages data and machine learning to create a better experience for its customers and also their sellers, shedding light on important lessons for anyone looking to sell a product online.

Machine Learning Cyber Security May Help Speed Response to Hack Attacks 2

Machine Learning Cyber Security May Help Speed Response to Hack Attacks

Episode Summary: In this week’s episode, I speak with Igor Baikalov, chief scientist at cybersecurity company Securonix, about the trends in data security and where security itself has had to take a step up in the last five years. Igor touches on major meta-trends that have forced data security to advance, as well as what has made AI and machine learning a ‘requirement’ of modern data security strategy, something that has changed significantly in the last decade. Igor sheds light on these issues and likely future trends in cybersecurity over the next five to 10 years.

Facebook Artificial Intelligence and the Challenge of Personalization 6

Facebook Artificial Intelligence and the Challenge of Personalization

Episode Summary: In this week's episode, we feature an in-person interview from Facebook's headquarters with Hussein Mehanna, director of engineering of the Core Machine Learning group. Mehanna and I talk in-depth about the topic of personalization, touching on the pros and cons, how it works at Facebook, and how his team is working to overcome technological barriers to implement personalization in a way that improves the customer experience. This interview was recorded in their famous "Building 20," which houses thousands of Facebook artificial intelligence employees and developers.

What Can Machines Do That Lawyers Can't? A.I. Applications for Law 2

What Can Machines Do That Lawyers Can’t? A.I. Applications for Law

Episode Summary: When one thinks through important industry apps of AI, law or legal apps are not usually the first to jump to mind, but there’s certainly a need. Richard Downe PhD is vice president of Data Science at Casetext, a startup working on improving search and natural language processing and democratizing legal information. In this episode, he speaks about the current bottlenecks for people trying to get more out of of legal case documents, as well as some of the apps on which the Casetext team is working, to make these processes easier and to gain strategic advantage in this industry.

Start with a Problem: How Fast-Growing Startups Can Leverage Machine Learning - A Conversation with Andrew Filev 3

Start with a Problem: How Fast-Growing Startups Can Leverage Machine Learning – A Conversation with Andrew Filev

Episode SummaryLearning about the research behind machine learning is always fun, but so is learning about the real-world applications. In today’s episode, we’re joined by the CEO and Founder of Wrike, Andrew Filev. Filev speaks about where Wrike is currently applying machine learning and AI in their fast-growing, data-driven company. He shares his insights as to why he thinks marketing might be the most ripe for disruption by AI, and also discusses how most companies in any industry can prepare to take advantage of machine learning.

Technology Meta-trends and a Bird's Eye View of the Singularity - A Conversation with Nikola Danaylov 4

Technology Meta-trends and a Bird’s Eye View of the Singularity – A Conversation with Nikola Danaylov

Episode Summary: Today we have a guest who has interviewed more futurists than anyone else I know. While at Emerj a lot of our interviews focus on executives in AI, Nikola Danaylov has had the pleasure of interviewing some of the finest futurists and forward-thinking minds in the world, including Ray Kurzweil, Verner Vinge, Marvin Minsky, and many others. We speak today about the trends he’s seen aggregated (if any) amongst futurists, and about how technology may be dragging us farther into a transhuman future, whether that be closer to a utopia or a dystopia.