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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:

A Robot Without a Body is Not Up for Thought

A Robot Without a Body is Not Up for Thought

Episode Summary:  Do you need a body to think? This is a worthwhile (and also a perplexing) question, and an ongoing debate amongst roboticists. Cognitive Roboticist Dr. Mark Bickhard is part of a field of belief that cognition and intelligence - and maybe consciousness itself - requires embodiment and direct interaction with the world. In this interview, he discusses the concept of normative function and self maintenance in entities, and why this matters when it comes to thinking.

How Humans Do, and Will, Relate to Robots - with Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

How Humans Do, and Will, Relate to Robots – with Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

Episode Summary:  In this episode, Stephan draws on his robotics background to articulate what it takes to give a robot a "personality", explaining the differences between responses and propensities along the way. Androids are already making news in the entertainment and retail industries, but we delve into why the health sector is one of the next big industries, and how culture might influence social acceptance across country lines.

RoboLobsters Have What It Takes to Open Up New Dimensions in AI - with Dr. Joseph Ayers

RoboLobsters Have What It Takes to Open Up New Dimensions in AI – with Dr. Joseph Ayers

Episode Summary: Dr. Ayers provides a comprehensive overview of his development of autonomous underwater robots, intended to help discover and destroy dangerous underwater land mines. He provides his perspective on two major obstacles facing robotics, including the concept of autonomy, providing valuable insight in light of the current events surrounding the development of autonomous AI.

United Neurons Stand Strong, Divided Neurons Fall - with Dr. Bruce MacLennan

United Neurons Stand Strong, Divided Neurons Fall – with Dr. Bruce MacLennan

Episode Summary: Studying the mind has influenced, and will continue to influence, the development of artificial intelligence. In a largely digital world, Bruce turns a clarifying light on the topic of digital versus analog computing, and articulates on how the latter may be making a slow comeback in the wake of discoveries in neural information processing.

Can and Should We Create Conscious Machines - with Dr. Peter Boltuc

Can and Should We Create Conscious Machines – with Dr. Peter Boltuc

Episode Summary: Machine consciousness could very well exist, though in what form and to what degree, and how we recognize another entity’s experience, remains a problem to be solved.  In this episode, Dr. Peter Boltuc helps define machine consciousness and expands on what may be necessary, in both the logical and moral arenas, in order to create such an entity.

What Our Brains are Good at, and Bad at, and Why That Matters - with Dr. Gary Marcus

What Our Brains are Good at, and Bad at, and Why That Matters – with Dr. Gary Marcus

Episode Summary: The brain that we have is suited to our past, not our present - and is the (sometimes unfortunate) result of evolution stumbling forward for hundreds of thousands of years. In this episode, we aim to make sense of and deal with it. Dr. Gary Marcus shares his insight as to what the brain is good and bad at, and why - in addition to what this might imply for the future of human enhancement.