The AI Podcast

The AI Podcast
AI has been described as “Thor’s Hammer“ and “the…
23: How Airbus A³ Plans to Bring Autonomous Air Taxis to Urban Skies
May 21 • 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…
22: Co-Founder on How AI Lets Us Talk with Our Machines
May 15 • 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.
21: Live at GTC - How AI and VR Intersect
May 11 • 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.
20: Live at GTC - How AI Will Bring More Joy to Your Cooking
May 11 • 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…
19: AI Food Delivery Bots Rolling Through San Francisco
May 3 • 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.
18: How AI Learns Racism, Sexism
Apr 22 • 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…
17: Training an AI to Play Mario Kart 64
Apr 6 • 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.
16: Growth Opportunity - How AI Puts Lettuce in Your Salad Bowl
Apr 3 • 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,…
15: How AI Beat the Pros at Texas Hold’em, and Why It Matters
Mar 24 • 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…
14: AI Takes Wing – Deep Learning Hears Once Extinct Bird
Mar 19 • 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…
13: How AI Can Improve Brain Tumor Treatment
Mar 15 • 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…
12: How AI Can Improve the Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases
Mar 6 • 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…
11: How a Computer Scientist Uses AI to Read Lost Literature
Feb 27 • 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 —…
10: Turning AI Loose on the Track with Roborace
Feb 21 • 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…
9: Winning the Cybersecurity Cat and Mouse Game with AI
Feb 7 • 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…
8: Better Beer Through AI
Jan 30 • 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…
7: How Humans Bias AI - Narrative Science Chief Scientist Kris Hammond
Jan 21 • 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.
6: How AI Turns Kiddie Cars Into Autonomous Racers
Jan 17 • 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…
5: How Deep Learning Will Reshape Our Cities
Jan 7 • 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…
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.
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.
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.
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…