AI NEWS: Podcasts

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Podcast: In Machines We Trust - When AI meets your wallet

18th May 2020

MIT Technology Review

Joy Xu

Cash in itself is worthless - it simply is a flimsy piece of paper that somehow, guarantees you anything from food and clothing to the ability to travel around the globe. In other words, the value of money comes from the trust that we place in it, and this is usually enforced by central banks, supported by their respective governments. However, in this day and age, a digital revolution is happening in your wallet: more and more companies are attempting to leverage AI to make payments, study spending habits, exchange funds, deal with cryptocurrencies and so much more. For example, you can now use contactless on your phone with Apple Pay, or decide to use an online bank rather than an established brick-and-mortar one for your daily expenses. The question is whether this is for the better, or for the worse.


Listen to what experts from Google, J.P. Morgan and more have to say about this in this episode from the podcast series In Machines We Trust, produced by the MIT Technology Review.

Podcast: Can you teach a machine to think?

9th December 2020

MIT Technology Review

Joy Xu

Currently, AI is advancing in leaps and bounds, yet some might wonder how close we are to a “general artificial intelligence” - one that is not limited to only text, like GPT-3 but can multitask and reason on their own via various modes of communication. This also raises a burning question: who really benefits from the replication of human intelligence in an artificial mind? Where is the incentive? Is it the Big Tech companies, who can then use it to generate more revenue? Is AI currently democratised enough so that ordinary people can access it and not only multi-billion-dollar companies? These interesting questions, and more, are raised in this episode of Deep Tech, MIT’s podcast on helping people understand and gain insight into the interlinking of technology and society.

But what is AI anyway?

This might help.

12th November 2020

MIT Technology Review

Joy Xu

The emerging field of artificial intelligence can be tricky to navigate, especially to newcomers who are not familiar with programming nor the buzzwords used. Even for experts in the field, defining what artificial intelligence truly and concretely means is not as simple as it sounds, and there is no clear-cut answer.

This short podcast explains what AI is (and isn’t) - a great listen to have as a pause between study sessions, or anytime just for fun!