9 episodes

Today, humans all over the world are armed with the brilliance of not only their own intelligence but that of machines as well. The question that is staring us in the face, however, is this: Imagine all that is possible when human talent meets technological prowess?

In this season of Paradigm Shift, you’ll hear eight fascinating stories that will tell you about the kind of metamorphosis that is possible at the intersection of human and artificial intelligence. The good that such game-changing technologies can inflict on our lives, our country and our society at large.

Paradigm Shift Microsoft India

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Today, humans all over the world are armed with the brilliance of not only their own intelligence but that of machines as well. The question that is staring us in the face, however, is this: Imagine all that is possible when human talent meets technological prowess?

In this season of Paradigm Shift, you’ll hear eight fascinating stories that will tell you about the kind of metamorphosis that is possible at the intersection of human and artificial intelligence. The good that such game-changing technologies can inflict on our lives, our country and our society at large.

    Episode 08 - Innovating Responsibly

    Episode 08 - Innovating Responsibly

    The world of AI is replete with innovation. But perhaps it is time to talk about that innovation. How can we innovate and be responsible at the same time? How can industry leaders in AI empower others through their innovations? How can we employ AI for public good and welfare?

    Credits:

    Narration: Harsha Bhogle
    Executive Producer: Gaurav Vaz
    Producer: Archana Nathan
    Research, Interviews and Script: Vinay Aravind
    Narrative overview: Charu Sharma and Shriram Parthasarathy
    Title track, sound design and background score: Nikhil Rao, Avyay Gujral and Abhijit Nath.

    All clips and voices used in this podcast are owned by the original creators

    We thank wholeheartedly all our guests who appeared on this episode


    Jean Philippe Courtois - Executive Vice President and President, National Transformation Partnerships at Microsoft
    Sriram Rajamani - Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director at Microsoft Research India
    Girish Nayak - Chief, Customer Service, Operations and Technology at ICICI Lombard
    Ganesh Shankar -  Founder and CEO, FluxGen

    Links to clips used in the episode and citations:


    History of the Electric Power Industry - History of the Electric Power Industry (archive.org)
    History of the World Wide Web - History of the Web – World Wide Web Foundation
    Share of IT in India’s GDP - India: IT-BPM industry share in GDP 2021 | Statista
    Microsoft’s Responsible AI Principles - Our approach to responsible AI at Microsoft
    About ICICI Lombard’s use of AI - ICICI Lombard bets big on AI to improve customer experience - Express Computer
    About HAMS by Microsoft - HAMS: Harnessing AutoMobiles for Safety - Microsoft Research
    About FluxGen’s AI based water monitoring system - Solution – FluxGen

    To learn how Microsoft is working to empower every developer to innovate, every organization to transform industries and every individual to transform society through its differentiated Microsoft AI & Innovation vision, please visit microsoft.com/ai

    • 28 min
    Episode 07 - Through the Time Machine

    Episode 07 - Through the Time Machine

    With its vastly rich history and culture, India is a heritage-lover’s paradise. But there’s a problem. A large number of monuments, museums and art is either badly maintained or looks unsalvageable. Solutions from the world of AI, however, argue that things need not be the way they are right now. AI can be used to travel in time to see how the object was originally and attempt to restore it to a large extent.

    Credits:

    Narration: Harsha Bhogle

    Executive Producer: Gaurav Vaz

    Producer: Archana Nathan

    Research, Interviews and Scripts: Prthvir Solanki

    Narrative overview: Charu Sharma and Shriram Parthasarathy

    Title track, sound design and background score: Nikhil Rao, Avyay Gujral and Abhijit Nath.

    All clips and voices used in this podcast are owned by the original creators

    We thank wholeheartedly all our guests who appeared on this episode


    Benoy K. Behl, art historian, filmmaker and photographer
    Ashwin Srivastava, CEO of Sapio Analytics
    Professor Ronojoy Adhikari, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at University of Cambridge
    Fabin Rasheed, Creator of Auria Kathi
    Sahej Rahal, Digital Artist

    Links to clips used in the episode and citations:


    The Arctic World Archives website: https://arcticworldarchive.org/
    Mann Ki Baat Episode where Narendra Modi mentions the Sapio Analytics Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7gEx18Zw98
    Explore the ancient city of Olympia through Microsoft’s project: https://inculture.microsoft.com/arts/ancient-olympia-common-grounds/
    A short article about the AI painting sold at Christie’s: https://www.christies.com/features/a-collaboration-between-two-artists-one-human-one-a-machine-9332-1.aspx
    Auria Kathi’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6vR2kaFXSd/

    To learn how Microsoft is working to empower every developer to innovate, every organization to transform industries and every individual to transform society through its differentiated Microsoft AI & Innovation vision, please visit microsoft.com/ai

    • 31 min
    Episode 06 - Life Saving Algorithms

    Episode 06 - Life Saving Algorithms

    AI may not be able to cure diseases, well, at least not yet. But it could help identify a problem well in advance and much before it becomes too late. How? By helping doctors, hospitals, trawl through massive data and images and thereby efficiently screening patients that need immediate care. In other words, AI can make diagnosis faster and in healthcare, time is hope and hope is everything.

    Credits:

    Narration: Harsha Bhogle
    Executive Producer: Gaurav Vaz
    Producer: Archana Nathan
    Research, Interviews and Script: Vinay Aravind
    Narrative overview: Charu Sharma and Shriram Parthasarathy
    Title track, sound design and background score: Nikhil Rao, Avyay Gujral & Abhijit Nath.

    All clips and voices used in this podcast are owned by the original creators

    We thank wholeheartedly all our guests who appeared on this episode


    Gabriel Vaz, a retired journalist based in Bangalore
    Prashant Gupta, program director for Microsoft Cloud
    Dr. Sujoy Kar, the Chief Medical Information Officer of the Apollo Hospitals group
    K Chandrasekhar, Founder and CEO of Forus Health
    Subadra Kalyanaraman, Manager with a consulting firm based in Chennai

    Links to clips used in the episode and citations:


    Cardiovascular disease in India: A 360 degree overview - PMC (nih.gov)
    General cardiovascular risk profile for use in primary care: the Framingham Heart Study
    Apollo Hospitals has launched an Artificial Intelligence tool to predict the risk of cardiovascular disease
    3nethra classic | Forus Health
    e-Eye Kendram | Tele-Ophthalmology centres | Apollo Tele Health
    Microsoft uses AI to diagnose cervical cancer faster in India
    Quest Global Enhances its Lung Nodule Detection Solution Using Microsoft Azure IoT Central, Azure IoT Edge and Azure Machine Learning

    To learn how Microsoft is working to empower every developer to innovate, every organization to transform industries and every individual to transform society through its differentiated Microsoft AI & Innovation vision, please visit microsoft.com/ai

    • 34 min
    Episode 05 - Scanning the Skies

    Episode 05 - Scanning the Skies

    Over the years, the protection of India’s biodiversity and the conservation of nature has been hit by a severe lack of funding and personnel, not to mention the sheer scale of the challenges they have to encounter - from man-made threats to climate change. There is a promise that artificial intelligence and machine learning offers though and this includes scanning our surroundings to identify the species that need to be protected and setting up social networks but for birds.

    Credits:

    Narration: Harsha Bhogle
    Executive Producer: Gaurav Vaz
    Producer: Archana Nathan
    Research, Interviews and Script: Vinay Aravind
    Narrative overview: Charu Sharma and Shriram Parthasarathy
    Title track, sound design and background score: Nikhil Rao, Avyay Gujral and Abhijit Nath.

    All clips and voices used in this podcast are owned by the original creators

    We thank wholeheartedly all our guests who appeared on this episode


    Ashwin Viswanathan, a research associate at the Nature Conservation Foundation
    Tom Auer, a GIS Developer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    Drew Weber, the Merlin Project Co-ordinator at the Cornell Lab
    Jason Holmberg, the founder of WildMe

    Links to clips used in the episode and citations:


    India’s species diversity - India Biodiversity Awards, 2018 | UNDP in India
    India’s threatened species - India has lost 90 per cent of the area under its biodiversity hotspots, says CSE’s new statistical analysis (cseindia.org)
    The ebird project - About eBird - eBird
    Merlin - The Story – Merlin Bird ID – Free, instant bird identification help and guide for thousands of birds (allaboutbirds.org)
    WildMe - What we do | Wild Me
    Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Machines - Virtual Machines (VMs) for Linux and Windows | Microsoft Azure
    ATREE’s biodiversity Atlas project - ATREE_India_Bio_AI4E Grantee Profile.pdf (windows.net)

    To learn how Microsoft is working to empower every developer to innovate, every organization to transform industries and every individual to transform society through its differentiated Microsoft AI & Innovation vision, please visit microsoft.com/ai

    • 28 min
    Episode 04 - Green Revolution 2.0

    Episode 04 - Green Revolution 2.0

    Agriculture is complicated. The landscape is changing, there’s climate change and there are a million other factors that affect the farmer’s yield. But it’s what our entire population’s hunger and health depends on. Recent initiatives in AI are finding ways to get the crop to talk to the farmer about what it needs.

    Credits:

    Narration: Harsha Bhogle

    Executive Producer: Gaurav Vaz

    Producer: Archana Nathan

    Research, Interviews and Scripts: Prthvir Solanki

    Narrative overview: Charu Sharma & Shriram Parthasarathy

    Title track, sound design and background score: Nikhil Rao, Abhijit Nath & Avyay Gujral

    All clips and voices used in this podcast are owned by the original creators

    We thank wholeheartedly all our guests who appeared on this episode


    Ananda Verma, Co-founder at Fasal
    Ranveer Chandra, Managing Director, Research for Industry and CTO, Agri-Food at Microsoft Research
    Vikram Kumar, Associate Director at Wadhwani AI
    Jibu Elias, AI Ethicist, Senior Researcher and Lead at INDIAai
    Ram Dhulipala, Senior Scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute and Former Scientist at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

    Links to clips used in the episode and citations:


    Fasal Website and information about their IoT device
    FarmBeats
    News Reports on Locust Attacks in India
    Brittanica Entry on the Pink Bollworm
    Punjab Records 34% Cotton Crop Loss After Pink Bollworm Attack

    To learn how Microsoft is working to empower every developer to innovate, every organization to transform industries and every individual to transform society through its differentiated Microsoft AI & Innovation vision, please visit https://microsoft.com/ai

    • 36 min
    Episode 03 - Pitches and Pawns

    Episode 03 - Pitches and Pawns

    In competitive sport, today, players don’t have the luxury of time to fix a problem in their technique or a strategic flaw in their approach. Time is of the essence here and AI is trying its best to conserve time. Both with its innate technology to predict and identify the problem and by becoming a tool that can help improve a player’s game.

    Credits:

    Narration: Harsha Bhogle
    Executive Producer: Gaurav Vaz
    Producer: Archana Nathan
    Research, Interviews and Scripts: Prthvir Solanki
    Narrative overview: Charu Sharma and Shriram Parthasarathy
    Title track, sound design and background score: Nikhil Rao and Abhijit Nath.

    All clips and voices used in this podcast are owned by the original creators

    We thank wholeheartedly all our guests who appeared on this episode


    Abhishek Binaykia, the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer at SpektaCom
    Dr. Siddhartha Sen, a Principal Researcher in the Microsoft Research New York City lab
    Kruttika Nadig, a Woman GrandMaster in the game of chess
    Ashok Karanth is the Co-Founder and CEO of Edisn
    Siddhartha Sen, Principal Researcher in the Microsoft Research New York City lab.

    Links to clips used in the episode and citations:


    Highlights of the Tendulkar inning
    Interview with Tendulkar about the inning
    Deep Blue vs Garry Kasparov
    Cricket and AI (use in DRS and ball-tracking tech) 
    Project Maia

    • 35 min

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