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Each episode, host Nikita Aggarwal goes between the covers with authors of books about technology. New episodes every second Thursday. Follow us on Twitter @TechnologyProse @nikitaggarwal

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Each episode, host Nikita Aggarwal goes between the covers with authors of books about technology. New episodes every second Thursday. Follow us on Twitter @TechnologyProse @nikitaggarwal

    Nick Diakopoulos on Automating the News

    Nick Diakopoulos on Automating the News

    Nick Diakopoulos discusses his latest book, Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media.


    On this episode of Technology & Prose, Nick Diakopoulos, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Computer Science at Northwestern University, joins host Nikita Aggarwal to talk about how AI is being used in the news media (1:43) the use of AI for story discovery and the Lead Locator project (5:15) hybrid human-AI journalism (8:23) defining “newsworthiness” and the risk of selection bias in data-driven journalism (10:53) data science skills and the need for more interdisciplinary journalism education (14:54) the impact of social media platforms and search engines on news curation and journalistic values (16:58) regulating social media platforms and the use of AI in the news (20:38) clickbait, virality and the values embedded in news algorithms (24:11) advertising versus subscription news business models (26:06) the opportunities of newsbots (27:56) mis/disinformation and the risks of newsbots (34:28) algorithmic accountability reporting, website scraping under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, platform APIs (38:09) the newsroom of the future and the impact of automation on jobs in the media (40:00).
     
     
    References
    The Computational Journalism Lab @ Northwestern https://cj-lab.org/ 
    Northwestern University Knight Lab https://knightlab.northwestern.edu/ 
    Newsbots: @AnecbotalNYT ; @TrumpsAlert 
    Bandy and Diakopoulos, Auditing News Curation Systems: A Case Study Examining Algorithmic and Editorial Logic in Apple News
    Bandy and Diakopoulos, #TulsaFlop: A Case Study of Algorithmically-Influenced Collective Action on TikTok 
    Diakopoulos et al, Generating Location-Based News Leads for National Politics Reporting (The Lead Locator Project)
     
     
    Recorded on February 4th 2021

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    Gary Marcus on Rebooting AI

    Gary Marcus on Rebooting AI

    Gary Marcus, Professor Emeritus at NYU and co-founder of Robust.ai, discusses his recent book Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust.


     


    On this episode of Technology & Prose, Gary Marcus joins host Nikita Aggarwal to talk about the “AI chasm”— the gap between the goals and reality of artificial intelligence (1:40) GPT-3 and the limits of deep learning (4:38) how to build AI systems that have knowledge, reasoning and understanding (9:14) the politics of AI research (and more on the limits of GPT-3) (16:00) innate knowledge in machines and the need for a hybrid approach to building AI (33:25) the Montreal AI Debates, the System 1/ System 2 analogy and lessons from developmental psychology (37:04) and Gary's new venture, Robust.ai (43:15) .


     


    References


    Marcus, Deep Learning: a Critical Appraisal 


    Goyal and Bengio, Inductive Biases for Deep Learning of Higher-Level Cognition  


    LeCun, Hinton, Bengio, Deep Learning


    Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow 


    Montreal AI debates https://montrealartificialintelligence.com/aidebate/ ; https://montrealartificialintelligence.com/aidebate2.html 


    Marcus, Guitar Zero: The Science of Learning to be Musical 


    GPT-3


    Open AI’s GPT-3 model 

    Marcus and Davis on GPT-3 in MIT Tech Review 

    Guardian article ‘written’ by GPT-3 

    Yann LeCun on GPT-3 


    DeepMind 


    Alphafold 

    Mastering the game of Go in the absence of human knowledge 


     


    Recorded on January 28th 2021

    • 44 min
    Ben Green on The Smart Enough City

    Ben Green on The Smart Enough City

    Ben Green joins host Nikita Aggarwal to discuss The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in its Place to Reclaim our Urban Future.

    • 44 min
    Ryan Abbott on The Reasonable Robot

    Ryan Abbott on The Reasonable Robot

    Professor of law and medicine Ryan Abbott discusses The Reasonable Robot, his new book on artificial intelligence and the law.

    • 47 min
    Tim Hwang on Subprime Attention Crisis

    Tim Hwang on Subprime Attention Crisis

    Lawyer, writer and researcher Tim Hwang discusses his provocative new book, Subprime Attention Crisis: Advertising and the Time Bomb at the Heart of the Internet.

    • 42 min
    Introducing Technology & Prose

    Introducing Technology & Prose

    Introducing Technology & Prose, a new podcast in which authors join host Nikita Aggarwal to discuss the latest books about technology and society.

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