In Machines We Trust

MIT Technology Review

A podcast about the automation of everything. Host Jennifer Strong explores what it means to entrust AI with our most sensitive decisions.

  • 26 minutes 42 seconds
    In Machines We Trust: That's a wrap!

    Three years ago this week we launched this podcast on a mission to show the world how AI touches our everyday lives. It's been our great honor and privilege to make it through three seasons, a global pandemic, an unbelievable nineteen (19!!) award nominations, and a whole lot of tests and demos.


    Goodbyes are very hard to say, so instead we'll leave you with some of the show's highlights and an invitation to follow us as we continue our journey with a new show called SHIFT. Sign up for updates at shiftshow.ai and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.


    Credits:

    This series was created by Jennifer Strong and Emma Cillekens with the support of Gideon Lichfield and Michael Reilly. Its producers have been Emma Cillekens and Anthony Green. The editors have included Gideon Lichfield, Michael Reilly and Mat Honan with support from Karen Hao and Tate Ryan Mosley. You can thank Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski for the original music and excellent sound design. The weekly art was from Stephanie Arnett with album art from Eric Mongeon. 


    Thanks for listening.

     

    14 August 2023, 3:08 pm
  • 32 minutes 1 second
    In Machines We Trust: When AI hears a problem

    Hidden away in our voices are signals that may hold clues to how we’re doing, what we’re feeling and even what’s going on with our physical health. Now, AI systems tasked with analyzing these signals are moving into healthcare.


    We meet:

    Lina Lakoczky-Torres, student at Menlo College

    Angela Schmiede, Vice President of Menlo College.

    Grace Chang, CEO of Kintsugi

    David Liu, CEO of Sonde Health

    Liam Kaufman, former CEO of Winterlight Labs. 

    Margaret Mitchell, Chief Ethics Scientist of Hugging Face

    Bjoern Schuller, professor of artificial intelligence at Imperial College London


    Credits:

    This episode was reported by Hilke Schellmann, produced by Jennifer Strong, Emma Cillekens and Anthony Green, edited by Mat Honan and mixed by Garret Lang with original music by Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski. Artwork by Stephanie Arnett. Special thanks to the Knight Science folks at MIT for their support with this reporting. 

    17 May 2023, 4:05 am
  • 20 minutes 13 seconds
    In Machines We Trust: Harvesting the future with AI and satellites (Encore)

    AI is used in farming in some ways you might not expect, like for tracking the health of crops—from space. We travel from test farms to labs in the second installment of our series on agriculture, AI, and satellites. 


    We Meet:

    Joseph Liefer, senior product manager of autonomy at John Deere

    Julian Sanchez, director of emerging technology at John Deere

    Shely Aranov, CEO of InnerPlant

    Rod Kumimoto, CSO of InnerPlant


    Credits:

    This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong, Emma Cillekens and Anthony Green. It was edited by Mat Honan, and mixed by Garret Lang, with original music by Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski. Artwork by Stephanie Arnett.

    10 May 2023, 4:05 am
  • 39 minutes 26 seconds
    In Machines We Trust: A conversation with Geoffrey Hinton (Live)

    In this special episode we bring you a live taping between the "Godfather of AI" Geoffrey Hinton and MIT Technology Review's Senior Editor for AI Will Douglas Heaven. This conversation was recorded at EmTech Digital, our signature AI event, in the MIT Media Lab.


    Credits:

    This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in Cambridge, Massachusetts with special thanks to Will Douglas Heaven, Amy Lammers and Brian Bryson. It was produced by Jennifer Strong and Emma Cillekens, directed by Erin Underwood, and edited by Mat Honan.

    6 May 2023, 4:13 am
  • 20 minutes 58 seconds
    In Machines We Trust: The Chip War (Live)

    This episode, we get an insider's look at the ongoing chip war from the person who wrote the book on it, Chris Miller, professor at Tufts University and the author of Chip War. Join us for a live conversation from the MIT Media Lab at Tech Review’s Future Compute conference.


    Credits:

    This episode was recorded and produced by Jennifer Strong with help from Emma Cillekens and Anthony Green. We’re edited by Mat Honan and mixed by Garret Lang, with original music from Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski. Artwork from Stephanie Arnett.

    3 May 2023, 5:31 am
  • 13 minutes
    In Machines We Trust: I Was There When... AI reached a crossroads

    I Was There When is an oral history project that’s part of the In Machines We Trust podcast. It features stories of how breakthroughs and watershed moments in artificial intelligence and computing happened, as told by the people who witnessed them.

    In this episode we meet Cognitive Scientist Gary Marcus.


    CREDITS:

    This project was produced by Jennifer Strong, Emma Cillekens, and Anthony Green. It was edited by Mat Honan and mixed by Garret Lang with original music by Jacob Gorski. The art is from Eric Mongeon and Stephanie Arnett. It was recorded at the TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada.


    LINKS:

    https://blog.ted.com/the-astounding-new-era-of-ai-notes-on-session-2-of-ted2023/

    https://www.technologyreview.com/topic/artificial-intelligence/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/humans-vs-machines-with-gary-marcus/id1532110146

    26 April 2023, 4:05 am
  • 26 minutes 26 seconds
    In Machines We Trust: When AI watches the streets

    The term ‘smart city’ paints a picture of a tech-enabled oasis—powered by sensors of all kinds. But we’re starting to recognize what all these tools might mean for privacy. In this episode, we meet a researcher studying how this is being applied in Iran and visit one of the nation’s top smart cities, to learn how its efforts there have evolved over time.


    We Meet:

    University of Oxford and Article19 Human Rights Researcher Mahsa Alimardani

    City of Las Vegas Chief Innovation Officer Michael Sherwood

    City of Hope Director of Campus Support Operations Mark Reed


    Sounds:

    How will artificial intelligence change the cities we live in? - BBC Ideas via YouTube 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXxyCBimRyM 


    ‘Smart’ cities promise economic and environmental benefits to the developing world - CBC News via YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u08A7yiTmu4 


    Singapore is building a city in China - CNBC via YouTube 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP11XeIV1ZA 


    Global Smart Cities - The China Current via YouTube 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qmiqHWD6Uc 


    Footage appears to show Iranian riot police confronting students at university in Tehran - The Guardian via YouTube 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgQshPJohmg 


    China: facial recognition and state control - The Economist via YouTube 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH2gMNrUuEY 


    Facial recognition: Concerns over China's widespread surveillance

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT6KEy_QXvM


    Credits:

    This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong and Anthony Green with help from Emma Cillekens. It was edited by Mat Honan, and mixed by Garret Lang, with original music by Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski. Artwork by Stephanie Arnett.

    19 April 2023, 6:38 am
  • 20 minutes 36 seconds
    In Machines We Trust: Concerning AI ethics

    The best definitions of AI are vague, largely lack consensus and represent a huge challenge for lawmakers and legal scholars looking to regulate it. But back to back breakthroughs and rapid adoption of generative AI tools are making it feel a lot more real to everybody else. We examine how it’s possible that alone might be enough to push conversations about ethics further into focus.


    We Meet:

    MIT Technology Review Senior AI Reporter Melissa Heikkilä

    Mozilla President Mark Surman

    IBM Chief Privacy Officer Christina Montgomery

    United Nations AI Advisor Neil Sahota


    Sounds:

    Advances in artificial intelligence raise new ethics concerns - PBS NewsHour via YouTube https://youtu.be/l5nTlHeqYOQ

    He loves artificial intelligence. Hear why he is issuing a warning about ChatGPT - CNN via YouTube https://youtu.be/THJysHMi81c  


    Credits:

    This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong and Anthony Green with help from Emma Cillekens and Melissa Heikkilä. It was edited by Mat Honan, and mixed by Garret Lang, with original music by Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski. Artwork by Stephanie Arnett.

    12 April 2023, 4:05 am
  • 18 minutes 1 second
    In Machines We Trust: Generating creativity

    This episode we meet people building next generation tools for creativity who are thinking about how these AI models should be trained and deployed in order to be both useful and fair to artists.


    We hear from:

    Artist Holly Herndon

    Adobe CTO Digital Media Ely Greenfield

    Soundful CEO Diaa El All


    Links:

    https://www.ted.com/talks/holly_herndon_what_if_you_could_sing_in_your_favorite_musician_s_voice

    https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/02/03/1067786/ai-models-spit-out-photos-of-real-people-and-copyrighted-images/

    https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/12/16/1065247/artists-can-now-opt-out-of-the-next-version-of-stable-diffusion/


    Credits: This episode was produced by Anthony Green with help from Emma Cillekens. It was edited by Jennifer Strong and Mat Honan, mixed by Garret Lang, with original music from Jacob Gorski.

    5 April 2023, 4:05 am
  • 18 minutes 58 seconds
    In Machines We Trust: AI births digital humans (Encore)

    We're so excited this episode has been selected as a New York Festivals finalist! Please enjoy this encore edition and we'll see you back next week!


    Digital twins of humans capture the physical look and expressions of real humans. Increasingly these replicas are showing up in the entertainment industry and beyond and it gives rise to some interesting opportunities as well as thorny questions. 


    We speak to:

    Greg Cross, CEO and co-founder of Soul Machines


    Credits: This episode was produced by Anthony Green with help from Emma Cillekens. It was edited by Jennifer Strong and Mat Honan, mixed by Garret Lang, with original music from Jacob Gorski.

    29 March 2023, 4:05 am
  • 15 minutes 30 seconds
    In Machines We Trust: I Was There When... Robots Learned to Run

    I Was There When is an oral history project that’s part of the In Machines We Trust podcast. It features stories of how breakthroughs and watershed moments in artificial intelligence and computing happened, as told by the people who witnessed them.


    In this episode we meet Marc Raibert, the founder and chairman of Boston Dynamics.


    CREDITS: This project was produced by Jennifer Strong, Anthony Green and Emma Cillekens. It was edited by Mat Honan and mixed by Garret Lang, with original music by Jacob Gorski. Artwork by Eric Mongeon.


    VIDEOS:


    Spot 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7atZfX85nd4&t=17s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VUQHrWhoqg


    Atlas

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e1_QhJ1EhQ&t=5s


    Big Dog

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqMVg5ixhd0


    One Legged Robot (Hopping robot)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd5iEke6UlE&t=16s


    22 March 2023, 6:33 am
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