EYE ON AI:
THE PODCAST

 

Eye on A.I. is a biweekly podcast, hosted by longtime New York Times correspondent Craig S. Smith. In each episode, Craig will talk with some of the people making a difference in the space, putting incremental advances in machine intelligence into a broader context and considering the global implications of the developing technology. AI is about to change your world, so pay attention.


EPISODE #104
(27:00)

FEATURING:
CRAIG SMITH
JULIAN TOGELIUS

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In this episode of Eye on AI, I talk to Julian Togelius,  perhaps the most prolific researcher at the intersection of video games and artificial intelligence. Julian works on AI for games and games for AI. Some of his most significant work is in training deep neural networks to play video games and generalize what they have learned, a critical step toward artificial general intelligence. For those of you who don't understand the importance of video games to artificial intelligence research, Julian will enlighten you. For those of you who do his recent work will surprise you.  I hope you find Julian as interesting as I did.

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EPISODE #103
(22:07)

FEATURING:
CRAIG SMITH
MILES BRUNDAGE

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In this episode of Eye on AI, I talk to Miles Brundage, who studies the societal impacts of artificial intelligence and works on the policy team of OpenAI, the nonprofit A.I. research company founded by Elon Musk. When I spoke to Miles, he was a research fellow at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, where he remains an associate. We talked about the policy side of AI security and whether he is optimistic that regulations can steer machine learning applications away from the nightmare scenarios popularly imagined. I hope you find Miles as interesting as I did.

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EPISODE #102
(26:13)

FEATURING:
CRAIG SMITH
KAIFU LEE

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In this episode of Eye on AI, I talk to Kaifu Lee, a thought leader on AI in China. Kaifu just published the book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. We talked about the premise of the book, which is that China has already caught up with the US in the field of AI and is poised to surpass it. While China may lag on basic research, it has the formula to excel in implementation. I hope you find Kaifu as interesting as I did.

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EPISODE #101
(27:34)

FEATURING:
CRAIG SMITH
MISHA BILENKO

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In this episode of Eye On AI, Craig talks to Misha Bilenko, head of AI at Yandex, the Google of Russia, about Vladimir Putin’s claim that whomever dominates AI will rule the world; about Yandex’s chatty virtual assistant, Alice; and how AI has made the dead poet Pushkin relevant today.

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EPISODE #002
(27:34)

FEATURING:
CRAIG SMITH
JACK CLARK

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In this archival episode of Eye on AI, Craig talks to Jack Clark, Strategy and Communications Director at OpenAI, a nonprofit A.I. research company, in a wide-ranging conversation off of things highlighted in Jack’s popular Import AI newsletter. Topics include whether A.I. will be used to trade cryptocurrencies; about A.I. used to speed up the creation of A.I. systems and how long will it be before A.I. does it all; evolution strategies as an alternative to reinforcement learning; the great global divide between ‘low compute’ and ‘high compute’ camps, with only a handful of companies and nation states controlling the bulk of the computing power; and when will the A.I. healthcare revolution finally begin as well as what does A.I. see when it looks at our tongues.

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EPISODE #001
(33:12)

FEATURING:
JACK CLARK
CRAIG SMITH

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In Episode 1 of Eye on AI, Craig talks to Jack Clark, Strategy and Communications Director at OpenAI, a nonprofit A.I. research company, in a wide-ranging conversation off of things highlighted in Jack’s popular Import AI newsletter. Topics include Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s comment that the advent of artificial intelligence to man’s discovery of fire; the chances that the world’s nation states can create and adhere to international norms governing A.I., preventing the spread of dangerous applications of the powerful technology; whether A.I. is escaping the labs of the tech giants and becoming more democratic; and whether A.I. eventually become a cognitive mirror to our own minds.

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