Conversations about computation writ large, with Michael Littman and Dave Ackley.
James Tompkin Does Visual Computing Research
James Tompkin 🔗, assistant Professor of Computer Science at Brown University 🔗, joins Michael and Dave to talk about visual computing research writ large, with topics ranging from the relevance of traditional computer graphics in the era of machine learning, to differentiable rendering and neural radiance fields, to DALL-E 2 and remixing Hitchcock's "Rear Window" at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Ellie Pavlick: As Artificial Intelligence Meets Natural Language
Ellie Pavlick, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Brown University (🔗) and Research Scientist at Google AI (🔗), joins Michael and Dave in a quick discussion of the remarkable new large AI language models. Topics range from what is and isn't known about the models, and by them, to if or how scared should we be of them, to what 'traditional' sciences like linguistics bring to artificial intelligence research and engineering.
[Image courtesy of Ellie Pavlick]
Andrew Critch on AI
Andrew Critch (🔗), a mathematician, AI researcher, organizer and activist (cofounder 🔗, researcher 🔗, cofounder 🔗), joins Michael and Dave for a fast-moving fifty minutes about existential risks (and opportunities) of AI and other technologies, the limits of intelligence, and the importance of structure at all scales and having a good spirit.
What is the Self Image?
Dave tries to explain why he thinks the best way to understand people and other living things is via computation and programming languages, via codebases and code transmissions. Michael tries to help Dave sound slightly sane.
[Image based on still frame from "We Are Coders"]
Bad Ideas and Dangerous Thoughts with Fiery Cushman
Fiery Cushman @fierycushman, professor of psychology at Harvard University 🔗, joins Michael and Dave in a wonderful conversation about morality seen both cognitively and computationally, with topics ranging from trolley problems and fake guns to the wisdom of the ancestors and the hubris of science to what makes moral thinking special.
[Title image courtesy of Fiery Cushman]
Neil Lawrence All Over the Map
Neil Lawrence (home, @lawrennd), the DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge, joins Michael and Dave for a rollicking hour discussing everything from cybernetics to machine learning, from oil rigs to New Jersey shopping malls, from inconsistent scientific reviewing to gods and robots and much more.
Talking Machines podcast
[Image courtesy of Neil Lawrence]
Incredible, insightful, nerdy conversations!
This is an absolutely wonderful computer science podcast like no other I’ve ever come across. Insightful and often funny conversations between Dave and Michael. They manage to mix ideas of philosophy and software perfectly, offering delightfully refreshing points of view across the landscape of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Systems.