The AI Podcast

The AI Podcast
AI has been described as “Thor’s Hammer“ and “the…

NVIDIA’s Jonah Alben Talks AI - Ep. 120
May 26 • 22 min
Imagine building an engine with 54 billion parts. Now imagine each piece is the size of a gnat’s eyelash. That gives you some idea of the scale Jonah Alben works at. Jonah is the co-leader of GPU engineering at Nvidia. The engines he builds are GPUs.…
NVIDIA’s Keith Strier Talks AI Nations - Ep. 119
Apr 29 • 29 min
As NVIDIA’s vice president of worldwide AI initiatives, Keith Strier is thinking on a global scale. He leads an initiative called AI Nations, a worldwide program that helps government leaders and stakeholders develop plans to implement AI to advance…
Lenovo’s Mike Leach on the Role of the Workstation in Modern AI - Ep. 118
Apr 21 • 28 min
Whether you’re using the latest generation of AI enabled mobile apps or robust business systems powered on banks of powerful servers, chances are your technology was built, first, on a workstation. We spoke with Lenovo’s Mike Leach about how these…
Ford’s Nikita Jaipuria and Rohan Bhasin on Generating Synthetic Data - Ep. 117
Apr 20 • 23 min
Autonomous vehicles require a massive amount of data and computing power. Teaching a vehicle to see what’s on the road in front of it is a big part of the puzzle. Our guests today, Ford’s Nikita Jaipuria and Rohan Bhasin, are using Generative Adversarial…
Finding Trash in Sensitive Waterways with AI - Ep. 116
Apr 15 • 25 min
Cleaning up our oceans, rivers, and waterways have become a major environmental issue. Leaders in the field are now looking to begin harnessing modern AI and machine learning techniques to help tackle this immense challenge. We spoke with the San…
MIT’s Jonathan Frankle on “The Lottery Hypothesis” - Ep. 115
Apr 13 • 24 min
We spoke with Jonathan Frankle, a PhD student at MIT and coauthor of a seminal paper outlining a technique, known as the “The Lottery Ticket,” hypothesis that promises to help advance our understanding of why neural networks, and deep learning, works so…
Credit Check: Capital One’s Kyle Nicholson on Modern Machine Learning in Finance - Ep. 114
Apr 8 • 19 min
We spoke with Capital One Senior Software Engineer Kyle Nicholson on how modern machine learning techniques have become a key tool for financial and credit analysis.
Demystifying AI with NVIDIA’s Will Ramey - Ep. 113
Apr 2 • 47 min
We brought back one of NVIDIA’s best explainers, Will Ramey, to provide an introduction to today’s AI boom and the key concepts behind it. Ramey, senior director and global head of developer programs at NVIDIA, led a webinar, “Deep Learning Demystified,”…
Speed of Light: SLAC’s Ryan Coffee Talks Ultrafast Science - Ep. 112
Apr 2 • 36 min
We spoke with a particle physicist Ryan Coffee, senior staff scientist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on how he — and others in his field — are putting deep learning to work. We include questions from friends, family and acquaintances in a…
Stanford’s Margot Gerritsen on Data Science and Women in Tech - Ep. 111
Mar 28 • 34 min
On this episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast, we interview Stanford Professor Margot Gerritsen about what’s next in data science, the growing role of women in data science, and how data science intersects with modern AI. For more, tune into Professor…
Keeping an Eye on AI: Building Ethical Technology at Salesforce - Ep. 110
Mar 23 • 33 min
Kathy Baxter, the architect of ethical AI practice at Salesforce, is helping her team and clients create more responsible technology. To do so, she supports employee education, the inclusion of safeguards in Salesforce technology, and collaboration with…
Nanotronics Brings Deep Learning to Precision Manufacturing - Ep. 109
Feb 16 • 23 min
Matthew Putman, this week’s guest on the AI Podcast, knows that the devil is in the details. That’s why he’s the co-founder and CEO of Nanotronics, a Brooklyn-based company providing precision manufacturing enhanced by AI, automation and 3D imaging.
NVIDIA’s Neda Cvijetic Explains the Science Behind Self-Driving Cars - Ep. 108
Feb 3 • 24 min
What John Madden was to pro football, Neda Cvijetic is to autonomous vehicles. No one’s better at explaining the action, in real time, than Cvijetic. Cvijetic, senior manager of autonomous vehicles at NVIDIA, drives our NVIDIA DRIVE Labs series of videos…
AI’s Mild Ride: RoadBotics Puts AI on Pothole Patrol - Ep. 107
Jan 8 • 25 min
National Pothole Day is Jan. 15. Its timing is no accident. All over the Northern hemisphere, potholes are at their suspension-wrecking, spine-shaking worst this month. Thanks to AI, one startup is working all year long to alleviate this menace. Benjamin…
Serkan Piantino’s Company Makes AI for Everyone - Ep. 106
Dec 17, 2019 • 23 min
Spell, founded by Serkan Piantino, is making machine learning as easy as ABC. Piantino, CEO of the New York-based startup and former director of engineering for Facebook AI Research, explained to AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz how he’s bringing compute…
Pod Squad: Descript Uses AI to Make Managing Podcasts Quicker, Easier - Ep. 105
Dec 3, 2019 • 25 min
You can’t have an AI podcast and not interview someone using AI to make podcasts better. That’s why we reached out to serial entrepreneur Andrew Mason to talk to him about what he’s doing now. His company, Descript Podcast Studio, uses AI, natural…
Speaking the Same Language: How Oracle’s Conversational AI Serves Customers - Ep. 104
Nov 20, 2019 • 32 min
At Oracle, customer service chatbots use conversational AI to respond to consumers with more speed and complexity. Suhas Uliyar, vice president of bots, AI and mobile product management at Oracle, stopped by to talk to AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz about…
AI4Good: Canadian Lab Empowers Women in Computer Science - Ep. 103
Nov 12, 2019 • 28 min
Doina Precup is applying Romanian wisdom to the gender gap in the fields of AI and computer science. The associate professor at McGill University and research team lead at AI startup DeepMind spoke with AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz about her personal…
AI Startup Brings Computer Vision to Customer Service - Ep. 102
Oct 29, 2019 • 19 min
When your appliances break, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour on the phone trying to reach a customer service representative. Using computer vision, Drishyam.AI is eliminating service lines to help consumers more quickly. Satish Mandalika,…
Clean Sweep: Tokyo Robotics Company Builds Tidying Robots - Ep. 101
Oct 20, 2019 • 18 min
Though creating an autonomous robot that can tidy a room seems like enough of an achievement, Tokyo-based Preferred Networks goes one step further. By integrating natural language processing (NLP) into their technology, their robots respond to commands…
The Buck Starts Here: NVIDIA’s Ian Buck on What’s Next for AI - Ep. 100
Oct 15, 2019 • 28 min
AI is still young, but software is available to help even relatively unsophisticated users harness it. That’s according to Ian Buck, general manager of NVIDIA’s accelerated computing group, who shared his views in our latest AI Podcast. Buck, who helped…
GauGAN Rocket Man: Conceptual Artist Uses AI Tools for Sci-Fi Modeling - Ep. 99
Sep 30, 2019 • 32 min
Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce the complex imagery in films like Star Wars or Transformers? The man behind the magic, Colie Wertz, is here to explain. Wertz is a conceptual artist and modeler who works on film, television and video games.…
Say Yes to the AI Dress: Entrepreneur Brings GPUs to Fashion - Ep. 98
Sep 20, 2019 • 22 min
In the future imagined by Pinar Yanardag, a postdoctoral research associate at MIT Media Lab, AI will collaborate with humans, not replace them. This is the concept behind her project, “How to Generate (Almost) Anything,” which she created with other…
Focal Systems Brings AI to Grocery Stores - Ep. 97
Sep 14, 2019 • 25 min
We’ve all chosen the self-checkout stand over the human cashier, thinking it’ll take less time. But somehow, things take a terrible turn. The barcodes aren’t scanning, there’s a pop-up scolding you for not placing the product in the bagging area (though…
Kiwibots Bring Sustenance to Students - Ep. 96
Sep 9, 2019 • 21 min
College students are many things — sleepy, overly caffeinated, stressed — but above all, they are hungry. Kiwi Campus is here to help. Co-founder and CEO of Kiwi Campus, Felipe Chávez, joined AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz to talk about Kiwi and its…
Dial A for AI: Charter Boosts Customer Service with AI - Ep. 95
Sep 2, 2019 • 19 min
Charter Communications is working to make customer service smarter even before an operator picks up the phone. Charter Communications, also known as Spectrum, is using AI to improve their customer service and process data more intelligently. Senior… CEO Walter De Brouwer on How Federated Learning Can Help Keep Data Private- Ep. 94
Aug 17, 2019 • 30 min
Artificial intelligence thrives on data, the more the better. But when we’re talking about putting data in many industries, such as health care, to work, things can get very complicated, very quickly. Walter De Brouwer is CEO of, a Silicon Valley…
Forget Storming Area 51, AI’s Helping Astronomers Scour the Skies for Habitable Planets - Ep. 93
Aug 7, 2019 • 24 min
Imagine staring into the high-beams of an oncoming car. Now imagine trying to pick out a speck of dust in the glare of the headlights. That’s the challenge Olivier Guyon and Damien Gratadour face as they try to find the dull glint of an exoplanet — a…
Making “Iron Man” Interface Real: AI-Based Virtualitics Demystifies Data Science with VR - Ep. 92
Jul 27, 2019 • 27 min
The words “data science” often inspire feelings of dread or confusion. But Virtualitics, an AI-based analytics platform, is bringing creativity and excitement to the field through machine learning and immersive virtualization. In our latest episode of the…
Get Your Fashion Fix: Stitch Fix Adds AI Flair to Your Closet - Ep. 91
Jul 8, 2019 • 24 min
Some say style never fades, and now with the help of AI, finding one’s fashion sense is about to get a whole lot easier. Fashion ecommerce startup Stitch Fix is piecing together a seamless balance between AI-powered decision making and human judgement. We…
Talking Trucks with TuSimple’s Chuck Price - Ep. 90
Jul 1, 2019 • 24 min
We’re all aware of the race to deliver self driving cars that will allow consumers to sit back and be chauffeured wherever they wish. But the implications of self-driving trucks might actually be bigger, in the short term. Our guest today is Chuck Price,…
Anthem Could Have Healthcare Industry Singing a New Tune - Ep. 89
Jun 25, 2019 • 21 min
AI is bringing convenience to your healthcare experience. Health insurance company Anthem helps patients personalize and better understand their healthcare information through AI. We spoke with Rajeev Ronanki, senior vice president and chief digital…
SAS Chief Operating Officer Oliver Schabenberger - Ep. 88
Jun 3, 2019 • 16 min
SAS Chief Operating Officer Oliver Schabenberger spoke with us about how organizations can use AI and related technologies.
AutoX’s Professor X on the State of Automotive Autonomy - Ep. 87
May 28, 2019 • 21 min
The path to self driving vehicles is usually marked by six milestones, or levels, from level 0, or no automation, to level 5, or full autonomy. Jianxiong Xiao, CEO of of startup AutoX, has his sights set on level 4, defined by the National Highway Traffic…
A-High: How Grownetics Automates Cannabis Cultivation with Deep Learning - Ep. 86
May 20, 2019 • 27 min
Sticky. Kind. Chronic. Reefer. Forget the dated slang. These days the word is ‘opportunity.’ The market for legal cannabis in the United States was estimated at $12 billion last year, up 30% year over year from 2017, and it’s projected to grow to $44…
Teaching Families to Embrace AI - Ep. 85
May 15, 2019 • 30 min
Tara Chklovski is CEO and founder of Iridescent, a non-profit that provides access to hands on learning opportunities to prepare underrepresented children and adults for the future of work. She’s been called everything from the “pioneer empowering the…
Astronomers Turn to AI as New Telescopes Come Online - Ep. 84
Apr 30, 2019 • 22 min
Good news: astronomers are getting new tools to let them see further, better than ever before. The bad news: they’ll soon be getting more data than humans can handle. To turn the vast quantities of data that will be pouring out of these instruments into…
Primer’s Sean Gourley on Bots, Propaganda and Fake News - Ep. 83
Apr 20, 2019 • 30 min
In 2015 today’s guest penned an article called “Robot Propaganda” for Wired magazine. It contained this then bold prediction: “we are likely to see versions of these bots deployed on U.S. audiences as part of the 2016 presidential election campaigns.”…
UC Berkeley’s Pieter Abbeel on How Deep Learning Will Help Robots Learn - Ep. 82
Apr 10, 2019 • 23 min
Robots can do amazing things. Compare even the most advanced robots to a three-year old, however, and they can come up short. UC Berkeley Professor Pieter Abbeel has pioneered the idea that deep learning could be the key to bridging that gap: creating…
How the Breakthrough Listen Harnessed AI in the Search for Aliens - Ep. 81
Mar 26, 2019 • 18 min
UC Berkeley’s Gerry Zhang talks about his work using deep learning to analyze signals from space for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations. And while we haven’t found aliens, yet, the doctoral student has already made some extraordinary…
Ready for the Playoffs? Swish Analytics Can Help You Clean Up - Ep. 80
Mar 14, 2019 • 25 min
Not sure who will win the NBA playoffs? Looking for coaching when putting together your fantasy football team? Swish Analytics uses AI to help you pick winners. Corey Beaumont, co-founder and head of engineering at the startup, explains how Swish…
How AI Helps GOAT Keep Sneakerheads a Step Ahead - Ep. 79
Feb 25, 2019 • 32 min
GOAT Group helps sneaker enthusiasts get their hands on authentic Air Jordans, Yeezys and a variety of old-school kicks with the help of AI. Michael Hall, director of data at GOAT Group explains how in a conversation with AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz.
How Nuance Brings AI to Healthcare - Ep. 78
Feb 10, 2019 • 23 min
You probably recognize the name Nuance from their work with speech recognition and virtual assistant technology. They’re one of the pioneers of voice recognition technology. Of course Nuance Communications has gotten into AI, but what you might not know…
Sort Circuit: How GPUs Helped One Man Conquer His Lego Pile - Ep. 77
Jan 22, 2019 • 30 min
At some point in life, every man faces the same great challenge: sorting out his children’s Lego pile. Thanks to GPU-driven deep learning, Francisco “Paco” Garcia is one of the few men who can say they’ve conquered it. Here’s how.
A Man, a GAN, and a 1080 Ti: How Jason Antic Created ‘De-Oldify’ - Ep. 76
Jan 8, 2019 • 28 min
You don’t need to be an an academic or to work for a big company to get into deep learning. You can just be a guy with a NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti and a Generative Adversarial network. Jason Antic, who describes himself as “a software guy,” began digging…
How SoundHound Uses AI to Bring Voice and Music Recognition to Any Platform - Ep. 75
Dec 18, 2018 • 28 min
SoundHound made its name as music identification service. Since then, SoundHound has become much more. It’s leveraged its 10 plus years in data analytics to create a voice recognition tool companies can bake into any product. Here to tell us how…
Good News About Fake News: AI Can Now Help Detect False Information - Ep. 74
Dec 5, 2018 • 26 min
With “Fake News” embedding itself into, well, our news, it’s become more important than ever to distinguish between content that is fake or authentic. That’s why Vagelis Papalexakis, a professor of computer science at the University of California,…
A Conversation with the Entrepreneur Behind the World’s Most Realistic Artificial Voices - Ep. 73
Nov 20, 2018 • 36 min
Voice recognition is one thing, creating natural sounding artificial voices is quite another. Lyrebird - a member of NVIDIA’s Inception startup program - uses deep learning to take this a step further, with a system that’s able to listen to a human voices…
Investor, AI Pioneer Kai-Fu Lee on the Future of AI in the US, China - Ep. 72
Nov 7, 2018 • 33 min
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has been at the center of artificial intelligence for decades. Dr. Lee developed the world’s first speaker independent continuous speech recognition system, selected as the most important innovation of the year by BusinessWeek, and that was…
How Intuit Uses Deep Learning to Help You with Your Taxes - Ep. 71
Oct 24, 2018 • 32 min
Intuit Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer Ashok Srivastava on how the personal finance giant is using AI to help make us all smarter about our finances.
What’s in Your Wallet? For Capital One, the Answer Is AI - Ep. 70
Oct 9, 2018 • 24 min
When you hear of AI and machine learning, it’s easy to think of technology companies leading the charge. Capital One is determined to change that. In a conversation with AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz, Nitzan Mekel, managing vice president of machine…
Cycle of DOOM Now Complete: Researchers Use AI to Generate New Levels for Seminal Videogame - Ep. 69
Sep 16, 2018 • 22 min
DOOM, of course, is foundational to 3D gaming. 3D gaming, of course, is foundational to GPUs. GPUs, of course, are foundational to deep learning, which is, now, thanks to a team of Italian researchers, two of whom we’re bringing to you with this podcast,…
This Astrophysics Grad Student Doesn’t Always Make Memes… But When He Does, He Uses Deep Learning
Aug 28, 2018 • 27 min
What’s a meme? And what makes a meme, dank? Today’s guest is Lawrence Pierson, a PhD student in theoretical astrophysics at Stanford University, will answer these questions, and more. He’s the author a paper detailing how he and a classmate built a neural…
Teaching Bots Learn by Watching Human Behavior - Ep. 67
Aug 21, 2018 • 37 min
Robots following coded instructions to complete a task? Old school. Robots learning to do things by watching how humans do it? That’s the future. Earlier this year, Stanford’s Animesh Garg and Marynel Vázquez shared their research in a talk on…
Startup Uses Deep Learning to Understand Voice - Ep. 66
Aug 7, 2018 • 26 min
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. As the years have passed what passed since the invention of the personal computer, what passes in the world of technology has changed dramatically. So what’s next? Voice computing is…
Startup Uses AI to Help Airports Work More Smoothly - Ep. 65
Jul 17, 2018 • 24 min
Airport control towers are icons of the aviation industry. But a Canadian startup wants to use artificial intelligence to make them a relic of the past. Searidge Technologies believes AI powered video systems can do a better job.
Startup Uses AI to Give Consumers the Credit They Deserve - Ep. 64
Jul 2, 2018 • 20 min
Credit scores are a funny thing. Funny might not be the right word, but you know what we mean. You can’t have a credit score unless you have a credit history. You have to use your credit to keep your score up, but if your score’s not good enough, you…
NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally on Where AI Goes Next - Ep. 62
Jun 12, 2018 • 26 min
NVIDIA researchers are gearing up to present 19 accepted papers and posters, seven of them during speaking sessions, at the annual Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference next week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joining us to discuss some of what’s…
How AI’s Storming the Fashion Industry - Ep. 61
Jun 6, 2018 • 25 min
Smarts are always in fashion, and our next guest has that in spades. Costa Colbert has been chasing down how brains — both real and artificial — work for 30 years. Dr. Colbert — who holds degrees in fields ranging from neural science to electrical…
Netflix’s Justin Basilico on How Entertainment and AI Intersect - Ep. 60
May 28, 2018 • 19 min
NetFlix has changed the way we watch television for the better. The streaming video pioneer is much more than just an entertainment giant for the 21st century — it’s also a pioneer when it comes to using machine learning. While Justin Basilico, a research…
A USB Port for Your Body? Startup Uses AI to Connect Medical Devices to Nervous System - Ep. 59
May 21, 2018 • 20 min
Think of it as like a USB port for your body. Emil Hewage is the co-founder and CEO at Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems, a neural engineering startup. They UK startup is building interfaces that use AI to help plug medical devices int our nervous…
The Long View on Big Data: Wayne Thompson, Chief Data Scientist, SAS Data Science Institute - Ep. 58
May 16, 2018 • 18 min
Wayne Thompson was into big data, before big data was cool. Now the world — even much of our GPU Technology Conference — revolves around the kinds of challenges the 25-year veteran of analytics software developer SAS Institute has made a career of helping…
NVIDIA’s Bryan Catanzaro on the Latest from NVIDIA Research - Ep. 57
May 9, 2018 • 19 min
This week’s episode features Bryan Catanzaro, vice president of applied deep learning research at NVIDIA, and if you’ve been following the podcast for a while, you know that an earlier episode featuring Bryan is one of the most popular podcasts we’ve…
Grab and Go: Startup AiFi Using Deep Learning to Make Every Store Smarter - Ep. 56
May 1, 2018 • 18 min
Grab the goods and go. AiFi co-founder and CEO Steve Gu wants to give every store — from Mom and Pop bodegas to supermarket chains — the ability to let customers saunter out of the door without so much as a wave at a checker. The benefits involve more…
How Deep Learning Can Accelerate the Quest for Cheap, Clean Fusion Energy - Ep. 55
Apr 24, 2018 • 27 min
Clean, cheap fusion energy would change everything for the better. Our next guest, William Tang, has spent a career at the forefront of that field, currently as principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He’s also one of the…
A Conversation About Go, Sci-Fi, Deep Learning and Computational Chemistry - Ep. 54
Apr 19, 2018 • 26 min
Deep learning has helped machines understand how to move pieces around a board to master, and win, Go, the most complicated game mankind has ever invented. Now it’s helping a new generation of chemists better understand how to move molecules around to…
How Deep Learning Powered Cartman to Victory in the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge - Ep. 53
Apr 11, 2018 • 20 min
How do you win a fast-paced first-person shooter? Answer: it helps to have a good GPU, of course. How do you win one of the world’s most high profile robotics competitions? You guessed it, it helps to have a good GPU. Doug Morrison of the Australian…
Ep. 52: Live at GTC - How Deep Learning Can Fight Cancer
Apr 3, 2018 • 27 min
We talk a lot about technology, and data, specifically, impacting all facets of modern life. In this episode we’re going to look at data’s role in addressing one of the biggest threats to life as we know it: cancer. We’ll talk to Dr. Richard Wender, chief…
Ep. 51: Live at GTC - Deep Learning Can Save Lives by Predicting Severe Weather
Mar 26, 2018 • 24 min
One of the things that makes the weather so dangerous is that it’s so hard to predict. Tornadoes, hail, high winds and flash floods cause billions of dollars worth of property damage, and injure or kill hundreds of people in the United States each year.…
Ep. 50: How Deep Learning Can Make Your Lawyer More Productive
Mar 20, 2018 • 35 min
Accountants have spreadsheets. Novelists have word processors. Now, deep learning promises to help take some of the grunt out of legal grunt work. Here’s how one startup is using deep learning to help lawyers get legal work done faster and more accurately.
Ep. 49: How GoDaddy Uses AI to Help You Master the Value of Your Domain Name
Mar 7, 2018 • 24 min
Ever since the internet went mainstream people have been struggling with perhaps the ultimate question: what do I call my web site? What domain name do I register? But almost as quickly as that became a question in people’s mind, a secondary question came…
Ep. 48: Sarcasm Detector Uses AI to Understand People at Their Funniest, Meanest
Feb 13, 2018 • 39 min
Sarcasm? On the Internet? You’re kidding. But sarcasm is no joke. Long before today’s sentiment analysis systems struggled to accurately understand human communication, people struggled to understand one another’s sarcasm. Now, thanks to the work of Dr.…
Ep. 47: How AI Can Improve Access to Palliative Care
Jan 31, 2018 • 27 min
AI is being used to enhance and improve life in varied and often incredible ways. But what if we could use AI to improve the end of our lives, too? Our guest today is Anand Avati, a graduate student in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford…
Ep. 46: When AI Meets Sci-Fi - A Talk with Award-Winning Author Ken MacLeod
Jan 6, 2018 • 31 min
AI is getting better, and it’s finding its way into more parts of our lives with each passing day. And talking about the future artificial intelligence has become a surefire way to spawn a thousand debates about the future, and nature, of humankind…
Ep. 45: How to Use AI, and Tinder, to Hack the Dating Scene
Dec 25, 2017 • 21 min
Love. The search for love. The search even for someone you just kind of like. It’s been the subject of poems, novels, songs, you name it. For as long as humans have been around, they’ve been looking for love. But what if you could use AI to automate the…
Ep. 44: Forget Polls, Here’s What Street View, and AI, Can Tell You About How People Will Vote
Dec 19, 2017 • 30 min
Election polling is an inexact science. If you’ve been paying attention to American politics at all over the past year or two, you don’t need us to tell you that. But what if instead of asking voters their opinions on the candidates or the issues you took…
Ep. 43: How Vincent AI Uses a Generative Adversarial Network to Let You Sketch Like Picasso
Dec 5, 2017 • 20 min
Think you’ve got no artistic talent? You do now. Vincent AI is an application that lets you pick up a stylus, sketch out a few lines on a screen, and watch as your scribbles are turned into a work of art inspired by one of seven artistic masters. We speak…
Ep. 42: AI Serves Up Feast of Recipes for Thanksgiving (and Beyond)
Nov 23, 2017 • 19 min
Ever see a photo of an amazing looking meal, maybe in a food magazine or an Instagram feed, and wish you had the recipe to make it yourself? Thanks to a project born out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory we’re a step closer…
Ep. 41: How Artomatix Uses AI to Generate Infinite Zombie Armies
Nov 4, 2017 • 26 min
Whether you’re wandering through the sprawling virtual worlds of Grand Theft Auto… or just trying out a new couch in Ikea’s virtual living room, virtual worlds are everywhere. But there’s as problem. There just aren’t enough artists to build all these…
Ep. 40: Using Deep Learning to Scan Your Shopping Basket
Oct 24, 2017 • 26 min
Tired of waiting in checkout lines? Malong Technologies offers technology that may one day let you grab what you want and go. We spoke to this startup about how it’s turning its prowess in some of the world’s top image recognition contests into a service…
Ep. 39: How Tattoodo Uses AI to Help You Find Your Next Tattoo
Sep 27, 2017 • 20 min
Picture this, you find yourself in a tattoo parlor. But none of the dragons, flaming skulls, or gothic font lifestyle mottos you see on the wall seem like something you want on your body. So what do you do? You turn to AI, of course. We spoke to two…
Ep. 38: Spoiler Alert! AI Predicts Next Chapter in Game of Thrones Saga
Sep 13, 2017 • 18 min
This might be the first time we’ve been able to say this, but we might have spoilers ahead on this episode. Joining us we have Zack Thoutt, a data scientist and a developer from Boulder, Colorado. Zack has done something we’ve all wanted to have done:…
Ep. 37: Sergey Levine on How Deep Learning Will Unleash a Robotics Revolution
Aug 29, 2017 • 24 min
The robots that have taken on tasks in the real world - which is to say the world where physics apply - are primarily programmed to do a specific job, such as welding a joint in a car or sweeping up cat hair. So what if robots could learn, and take it a…
Ep. 36: How AI Is Reshaping the Payments Industry
Aug 22, 2017 • 22 min
The next time you don’t recognize a transaction listed on your monthly Paypal statement, rest assured: AI will likely identify the culprit and help ensure it won’t happen again. With advances in machine learning and the deployments of neural networks,…
Ep. 35: Jetson Interns Assemble! Interns Discuss Amazing AI Robots They’re Building
Aug 16, 2017 • 25 min
We are here at the mothership of NVIDIA with this summer’s Jetson interns. And Mokshith Voodarla, Mark Thies, Isaac Wilcove — all recruited at top robotics competitions — are building some amazing things with our Jetson embedded computing platform and…
Ep. 34: Pierre Barreau Explains How Aiva Uses Deep Learning to Make Music
Aug 7, 2017 • 21 min
AI systems have been trained to take photos and transform them into the style of great artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, or J.M.W. Turner. Take a photo, pick a style, and what emerges looks kind of like the lost work of an artistic master. Now, AI is…
Ep. 33: Why Warehouses Could Be the Sweet Spot for Flying Robots
Aug 1, 2017 • 19 min
We’ve heard of robots working in warehouses, picking the right windshield or a box of wiring harnesses from shevles. But what about making sure those shelves are stocked with the right stuff, in the right place, at the right time? Marc Gyongosi thinks…
Ep. 32: Deep Learning Pioneer Andrew Ng on AI as the New Electricity
Jul 25, 2017 • 31 min
Purple shirts, haircuts, and cats. How are these three all related? According to deep learning pioneer Andrew Ng, they all played a part in AI’s growing presence in our lives. Ng, formerly of Google and Baidu, and the founder of his new company,…
Ep. 31: Could an AI Win the Nobel Prize?
Jul 17, 2017 • 19 min
Our guest on this segment, Paul Wigley, of the Australian National University, was part of a team of scientists who applied AI to an experiment to create a Bose-Einstein condensate. And in doing so they had a question: if we can use AI as a tool in this…
Ep. 30: Not Hotdog, When Ridiculous AI Fiction Becomes Hilarious Reality
Jul 12, 2017 • 31 min
Tim Anglade, a consultant with HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” has engineered an app that solves an important problem for all of us: is that a hot dog… or not? The app was dreamed up by the writers and producers of HBO’s hit comedy and brought to the real world…
Ep. 29: TuSimple’s Xiaodi Hou Talks About Bringing Driverless Trucks to Highways
Jul 5, 2017 • 14 min
We all know about driverless cars, driverless cars get all the love and all the attention, because we don’t want to drive. But we’re going to talk in this segment about autonomous trucks, how and why we need autonomous trucks in many ways just as much as…
Ep. 28: How Syed Ahmed Taught AI to Translate Sign Language
Jun 27, 2017 • 13 min
We all know how far AI, and in particular deep learning, have pushed speech recognition, whether that is with Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant, Our guest on this segment, Syed Ahmed, is directing the power of AI towards another form of…
Ep. 27: Danny Lange, of Unity Technologies, on How AI Can Enhance Gaming, and Gaming Can Enhance AI
Jun 20, 2017 • 14 min
Over the last few years data intensive machine learning solutions have supplanted rule-based software systems at many technology-based companies. Think about Amazon, Netflix, and Uber. But the gaming world hasn’t exactly followed suit, at least not as…
Ep. 26: Deep Learning Promises to Bring Algorithmic Investing Smarts to the Rest of Us
Jun 13, 2017 • 22 min
In recent years hedge funds have taken the lead in algorithmic investing - or robo-trading as it’s sometimes called. But there’s no reason the hedge fund world should have all the good stuff. In this episode of the AI Podcast, we speak with Gaurav…
Ep. 25: Google’s Ian Goodfellow on How an Argument in a Bar Led to Generative Adversarial Networks
Jun 7, 2017 • 23 min
How an argument in a bar led Google’s Ian Goodfellow to create Generative Adversarial Networks - deep learning systems that argue with each other - an AI breakthrough that promises to help researchers build systems that can learn with less human…
Ep. 24: How Yahoo Uses AI to Create Instant eSports Highlight Reels
May 30, 2017 • 22 min
Whatever sport we follow, we all love a good highlight reel - and we want those highlights now. And whether they’re following StarCraft II, League of Legends, or Heroes of the Storm, eSports fans are no different. To highlight the kills, and thrills, of a…
Ep. 23: How Airbus A³ Plans to Bring Autonomous Air Taxis to Urban Skies
May 21, 2017 • 18 min
With self-driving cars generating so much buzz, it’s hard to believe that a self-piloting air taxi is, err, flying under the radar. But not for long. We spoke with Arne Stoschek, head of autonomous systems at Airbus A3 (pronounced “A-cubed”), the Silicon…
Ep. 22: Co-Founder on How AI Lets Us Talk with Our Machines
May 15, 2017 • 23 min
We spoke with Xuchen Yao, co-founder of, a startup using AI to build better chat experiences, about how voice and chat are turning into rich, interactive interfaces for a new generation of AI-powered services.
Ep. 21: Live at GTC - How AI and VR Intersect
May 11, 2017 • 8 min
Are AI and VR the peanut butter and chocolate of computing? Are they a match made in heaven? We spoke with Michael Ludden, who heads up IBM Watson’s AI and VR labs, about how these two technologies intersect at this week’s GPU Technology Conference.
Ep. 20: Live at GTC - How AI Will Bring More Joy to Your Cooking
May 11, 2017 • 21 min
We spoke with Innit Chief Technology Officer Hristo Bojinov about all the surprising ways deep learning can help us better manage the very personal relationship we all have with food — from meal planning to kitchen inventory to cooking the perfect roast…
Ep. 19: AI Food Delivery Bots Rolling Through San Francisco
May 3, 2017 • 22 min
We spoke with the team at Marble, which has turned AI loose on the streets of San Francisco delivering food in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District.
Ep. 18: How AI Learns Racism, Sexism
Apr 22, 2017 • 20 min
We spoke with Princeton researcher Aylin Caliskan, co-author of a headline-grabbing paper published in Science magazine earlier this month. Her paper details how learning machines can sometimes learn all too well, picking up our biases as well as our…
Ep. 17: Training an AI to Play Mario Kart 64
Apr 6, 2017 • 19 min
Previous episodes discussed deep learning systems trained to master games like Chess, Go, and even Texas Hold ‘Em. But training a deep neural net on a racing game like Mario Kart 64? What can you learn from that? A lot, it turns out, explains Kevin Hughes.
Ep. 16: Growth Opportunity - How AI Puts Lettuce in Your Salad Bowl
Apr 3, 2017 • 23 min
If you’re looking for the impact of deep learning, look to the end of your fork. We spoke with Blue River Technology co-founder and CTO Lee Redden about how the startup put deep learning to work tending 10% of the lettuce produced in the United States,…
Ep. 15: How AI Beat the Pros at Texas Hold’em, and Why It Matters
Mar 24, 2017 • 39 min
We spoke with Michael Bowling, a professor at the University of Alberta whose team of researchers created a GPU-trained AI that has defeated professional poker players at heads-up no-limit Texas hold’em. The work promises to yield applications in the real…
Ep. 14: AI Takes Wing – Deep Learning Hears Once Extinct Bird
Mar 19, 2017 • 23 min
We speak with Matthew McKown, CEO of Conservation Metrics, about how deep learning techniques helped rediscover a bird that was once thought extinct, and how GPU-powered AI now helps biologists crunch vast quantities of data to spot trends that would have…
Ep. 13: How AI Can Improve Brain Tumor Treatment
Mar 15, 2017 • 26 min
We talk with Dr. Bradley Erickson, a Mayo Clinic neuroradiologist, who uses AI to predict tumor genomics using MRIs. His method could give doctors easier access to invaluable genetic information. Information that could predict how quickly a tumor will…
Ep. 12: How AI Can Improve the Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases
Mar 6, 2017 • 23 min
Medicine — particularly radiology and pathology — have become more data-driven. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science — led by Mark Michalski — promises to accelerate that, using AI technologies to spot patterns that can…
Ep. 11: How a Computer Scientist Uses AI to Read Lost Literature
Feb 27, 2017 • 17 min
University of Kentucky Computer Science Professor Brent Seales caused a worldwide sensation when he and his team were able to use non-invasive scans to unlock writings on the ancient En-Gedi scroll to reveal the earliest copy of a Pentateuchal book —…
Ep. 10: Turning AI Loose on the Track with Roborace
Feb 21, 2017 • 16 min
If you want to bring autonomous vehicles to the mainstream, fast, first you’ve got to go fast. We spoke with Jonathan Cooke, chief marketing officer of Roborace, the first ever driverless electric racing championship, who wants to turn autonomous racing…
Ep. 9: Winning the Cybersecurity Cat and Mouse Game with AI
Feb 7, 2017 • 22 min
Cybersecurity is a cat-and-mouse game where the mouse always has long had the upper hand because it’s so easy for new malware to go undetected. Dr. Eli David, an expert in computational intelligence and CTO of Deep Instinct, wants to use AI to change…
Ep. 8: Better Beer Through AI
Jan 30, 2017 • 23 min
Whether brewing hearty stouts or crisp lagers, flavor is a fickle thing. Not only is it hard to create consistently good brew, as humans our ability to identify - and remember - flavors is flawed. Yet brands worth billions rely on creating consistent…
Ep. 7: How Humans Bias AI - Narrative Science Chief Scientist Kris Hammond
Jan 21, 2017 • 31 min
It’s easy to think of AI as cold, unbiased, objective. Not quite, suggests Narrative Science Chief Scientist Kris Hammond explains, because we never know when AI will repeat our biases back to us.
Ep. 6: How AI Turns Kiddie Cars Into Autonomous Racers
Jan 17, 2017 • 25 min
Take brains, a few hundred bones and a pink Barbie jeep. What have you got? For inventive hackers, a new sport filled with f-words — fast, furious, frugal. Founder of the Power Racing Series Jim Burke talks about why he’s bringing autonomous vehicles to a…
Ep. 5: How Deep Learning Will Reshape Our Cities
Jan 7, 2017 • 40 min
Deep learning promises to do more than just reshape city streets. We talked to Lynn Richards, president and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism and Charles Marohn, president and co-founder of Strong Towns, about how. AI will do much more than automate…
Ep. 4: How AI Will Revolutionize Driving — Danny Shapiro, NVIDIA
Dec 17, 2016 • 24 min
Autonomous vehicles will need to do much more than master object detection. Self-driving vehicles will need technology able to integrate visual computing, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing, NVIDIA’s Danny Shapiro explains.
Ep. 3: Deep Learning DIY - NVIDIA Engineer Bob Bond, Make: Magazine Executive Editor Mike Senese
Dec 10, 2016 • 21 min
Deep learning isn’t just for research scientists anymore. Hobbyists can use consumer grade GPUs and open-source DNN software to tackle common household tasks from ant control to chasing away stray cats.
Ep. 2: Where Deep Learning Goes Next - Bryan Catanzaro, NVIDIA Applied Deep Learning Research
Nov 30, 2016 • 32 min
Bryan Catanzaro, vice president for applied deep learning research at NVIDIA, talks about how we know an AI technology is working, the potential for AI-powered speech, and where we’ll see the next deep learning breakthroughs.
Ep. 1: Deep Learning 101 - Will Ramey, NVIDIA Senior Manager for GPU Computing
Nov 30, 2016 • 34 min
Think of our inaugural episode of The AI Podcast as a guide for the perplexed. Host Michael Copeland speaks with NVIDIA’s Will Ramey about the history behind today’s AI boom and the key concepts you need to know to get your head around a technology that’s…