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Host Jennifer Strong thoughtfully examines the far-reaching impact of artificial intelligence on our daily lives. Produced by MIT Technology Review, the podcast explores the rise of AI through the voices of people reckoning with the power of the technology, and by taking listeners up close with the inventors and founders whose ambitions are fueling the development of new forms of AI.

In Machines We Trust MIT Technology Review

    • Technology
    • 3.9 • 24 Ratings

Host Jennifer Strong thoughtfully examines the far-reaching impact of artificial intelligence on our daily lives. Produced by MIT Technology Review, the podcast explores the rise of AI through the voices of people reckoning with the power of the technology, and by taking listeners up close with the inventors and founders whose ambitions are fueling the development of new forms of AI.

    How pricing algorithms learn to collude

    How pricing algorithms learn to collude

    Algorithms now determine how much things cost. It’s called dynamic pricing and it adjusts according to current market conditions in order to increase profits. The rise of ecommerce has propelled pricing algorithms into an everyday occurrence—whether you’re shopping on Amazon, booking a flight, hotel or ordering an Uber. 

    We Meet: 

    Lisa Wilkins, UX designer 

    Gabe Smith, chief evangelist, Pricefx

    Aylin Caliskan, assistant professor, University of Washington

    Joseph Harrington, professor of business, economics and public policy, University of Pennsylvania

    Maxime Cohen, Scale AI Chair professor, McGill University 


    Credits:
    This episode was reported by Anthony Green and produced by Jennifer Strong and Emma Cillekens. We’re edited by Mat Honan and our mix engineer is Garret Lang, with sound design and music by Jacob Gorski.

    • 25 min
    Encore: Want a job? The AI will see you now.

    Encore: Want a job? The AI will see you now.

    In the past, hiring decisions were made by people. Today, some key decisions that lead to whether someone gets a job or not are made by algorithms. The use of AI-based job interviews has increased since the pandemic. As demand increases, so too do questions about whether these algorithms make fair and unbiased hiring decisions, or find the most qualified applicant. In this second episode of a four-part series on AI in hiring, we meet some of the big players making this technology including the CEOs of HireVue and myInterview—and we test some of these tools ourselves.

    We Meet: 

    Kevin Parker, Chairman & CEO, HireVue

    Shelton Banks, CEO, re:work

    Mark Adams, Vice President of North America, Curious Thing AI

    Benjamin Gillman, Co-Founder and CEO, myInterview

    Fred Oswald, Psychology Professor, Rice University 

    Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Computer Science Professor, Brown University

    Clayton Donnelly, industrial-organizational psychologist, myInterview


    We Talked To: 

    Kevin Parker, Chairman & CEO, HireVue

    Lindsey Zuloaga, Chief Data Scientist, HireVue

    Nathan Mondragon, Chief IO Psychologist, HireVue

    Shelton Banks, CEO, re:work

    Lisa Feldman Barrett, Psychology Professor, Northeastern University

    Cathy O’Neil, CEO, O'Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing

    Mark Adams, Vice President of North America, Curious Thing AI

    Han Xu, Co-founder & CTO, Curious Thing AI

    Benjamin Gillman, Co-founder & CEO, myInterview 

    Fred Oswald, Psychology Professor, Rice University 

    Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Computer Science Professor, Brown University

    Clayton Donnelly, industrial-organizational psychologist, myInterview

    Mark Gray, Director of People, Proper

    Christoph Hohenberger, Co-founder and Managing Director, Retorio

    Derek Mracek, Lead Data Scientist, Yobs

    Raphael Danilo, Co-founder & CEO, Yobs

    Jonathan Kestenbaum, Co-founder & Managing Director of Talent Tech Labs

    Josh Bersin, Global Industry Analyst

    Students and Teachers from the Hope Program in Brooklyn, NY

    Henry Claypool, policy expert and former Director of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office on Disability


    Sounds From: 

    Curious Thing AI 

    myInterview 

    Dolly Parton - 9 To 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbxUSsFXYo4


    Arirang News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30oCHwwLxy4


    CBS News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbRBCU6SHHo 

    CBS Philly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wiPoCsZFFs 


    Credits:
    This miniseries on hiring was reported by Hilke Schellmann and produced by Jennifer Strong, Emma Cillekens, Karen Hao and Anthony Green with special thanks to James Wall. We’re edited by Michael Reilly. Art direction by Stephanie Arnett.

    • 29 min
    Farming a war zone

    Farming a war zone

    Shortages of everything from seeds to fertilizer might accelerate the adoption of technologies that can help supplies go further in war-torn Ukraine.

    We meet: 
    Roman Tarasevich, Farmer, Ukraine
    Morten Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, OneSoil
    Inbal Reshef, Program Director, NASA Harvest
    Olekssi Misiura, Head of Research and Development, IMC

    Credits: This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong, Emma Cillekens and Anthony Green. It was edited by Mat Honan and contains original music from Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski. Our mix engineer is Garret Lang. We had field production help in Ukraine from Orysia Khimiak. Special thanks this week to Max Furman, Ty Walrod, Antonio Regalado and Megan Zaroda Mullenioux. Our artwork is by Stephanie Arnett.

    • 17 min
    EmTech MIT: What’s next for space research?

    EmTech MIT: What’s next for space research?

    The International Space Station hosts scores of experiments that can’t be done on Earth. But it’s also showing its age—with repairs and safety concerns becoming increasingly common as it draws nearer to its end of life. In this episode, we bring you a conversation with Astronaut Michael López-Alegría about the path forward for research in low Earth orbit, from MIT Technology Review’s flagship conference, EmTech MIT.

    CREDITS:
    This episode was created by Jennifer Strong, Anthony Green and Emma Cillekens. It was edited by Mat Honan, directed by Erin Underwood and mixed by Garret Lang. Episode art by Stephanie Arnett and special thanks this week to Amy Lammers and Brian Bryson from our events team.

    SOUNDS: 
    What the next space station might look like, CNBC
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRcNxPCC9_A

    International space station removed from orbit 2031, NBC
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My_mUGfc418

    Space Station to retire in 2031, NASA says, Fox 35 Orlando
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFN9CJGa2TQ    

    • 23 min
    Decoding a future of fire

    Decoding a future of fire

    A look at how AI and other tech is being used to help predict, detect, and pinpoint the location of wildfires in the second of a two-part series.

    We Meet:
    Tricia Small, Television Producer, Small Fox Films
    George Whitesides, Space Executive
    Brittany Zajic, Disaster Response, Planet Labs
    Dave Winnacker, Fire Chief, Moraga-Orinda Fire District
    Arvind Satyam, Chief Commercial Officer, Pano

    Credits:
    This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong, Anthony Green and Emma Cillekens. It was edited by Mat Honan and contains original music from Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski. Our mix engineer is Garret Lang and our artwork is by Stephanie Arnett.

    • 19 min
    How AI watches wildfires

    How AI watches wildfires

    A look at how AI and other tech is being used to help predict, detect, and pinpoint the location of wildfires in the first of a two-part series.

    We meet: 
    Dustin Tetrault, Deputy Fire Chief, Big Sky Fire Department
    Sankar Narayanan, Chief Practice Officer, Fractal Analytics

    Credits:
    This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong, Anthony Green and Emma Cillekens. It was edited by Mat Honan and contains original music from Garret Lang and Jacob Gorski. Our mix engineer is Garret Lang and our artwork is by Stephanie Arnett.

    • 17 min

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