podcast interviews Articles and Reports

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:

Navigating the Uncanny Valley with Character Robots

Navigating the Uncanny Valley with Character Robots

Episode SummaryHave you ever seen a humanoid robot and felt creeped out? In this episode, we talk with Robotics Engineer Derek Scherer about the psychology of the uncanny valley and our relationships with robots. Scherer talks about the factors in robotics that tend to spook people and provoke a feeling of disgust, and how we might be able to move beyond this resistance as they become a more active part of the social fabric of our society.

Conscious Evolution of an Economic Social Contract  - with Federico Pistono

Conscious Evolution of an Economic Social Contract – with Federico Pistono

Episode Summary: Most of society functions based on a general social contract i.e. we work to contribute to society and earn income to acquire goods. Those who can’t earn an income are required in some fashion to validate why.

Turning Up the Synaptic Noise to Create Machines that Dream - with Dr. Stephen Thaler

Turning Up the Synaptic Noise to Create Machines that Dream – with Dr. Stephen Thaler

Episode Summary: Neural network - it’s almost a buzz word, but it was looked down on during certain periods of AI development. Nonetheless, most of the public is not aware of what a neural network is, how it works, and how we can create an artificial one.

Artificial Intelligence's Double-Edged Role in Cyber Security - with Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy

Artificial Intelligence’s Double-Edged Role in Cyber Security – with Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy

Episode Summary: Cyber security is closely linked to advances in artificial intelligence. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy about the cyber security factors and risks associated with AI. How is AI both causing risks, and how can AI be used to combat those risks? We dive briefly into the future to speak about some of the potential 'super' AI risks to cyber security and touch on what can be done now to help hedge known and unknown threats.

Get into the Machine's Head to Better Understand Your Own - with Dr. Ashok Goel

Get into the Machine’s Head to Better Understand Your Own – with Dr. Ashok Goel

Episode Summary: It's common knowledge that scientists study the brain to understand how to replicate intelligence in machines; it's less commonly known that scientists also use machine models to understand how the mind works. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Ashok Goel, a researcher in the field of cognitive systems who sheds light on this idea. Dr. Goel also speaks about his perspective on where machines are becoming more creative, and what the future might look like if machines begin to reflect on their "identities" as humans do.

The Spirit in the Machine May Not Be So Far Out

The Spirit in the Machine May Not Be So Far Out

Episode Summary: Over 100,00 years ago, it may have been advantageous for human beings to be hyper aware of other living things for the purposes of survival. In the future, between the IoT and advances in AI, we once again find ourselves ever more aware. Erik Davis, the author of TechGnosis and a praised journalist and speaker, explores the intersection of the technical, spiritual, and often mystical. In this episode, we discuss how our gut reactions to AI often spring from evolutionary or cultural reasons, and how this shapes our reactions to technology and guides our development of it in the 21st century.