Conversations about computation writ large, with Michael Littman and Dave Ackley.
Vukosi Marivate: Deep Learning Africa
Vukosi Marivate, Associate Professor of Computer Science and ABSA UP Chair of Data Science at the University of Pretoria (🔗, 🔗, 🔗), joins Michael and Dave for a discussion of AI and machine learning research across Africa and around the world, and the challenges of centralization and efficiency versus diversification at the edge, and what each can learn from the other.
[Title card based on image courtesy of Vukosi Marivate]
Andrew Davison's grand SLAM
Andrew Davison is Professor of Robot Vision (🔗) at Imperial College London, and leads the Dyson Robotics Laboratory (🔗). Andrew invented the SLAM algorithm for robot mapping and navigation, and as this fast conversation makes clear, Dave and Michael are both big fans.
[Thumbail based on image courtesy of Andrew Davison]
John Twelve Hawks
Reclusive New York Times best-selling author John Twelve Hawks (🔗, 🔗 , 🔗) joins Michael and Dave to discuss problems of the world today and possibilities of the world tomorrow -- including AI risks, technological centralization, machines acting like people and people acting like machines, sex drives for sexbots, and the question of unintended consequences.
Peter Norvig: AI Then And Now
Peter Norvig 🔗, who literally (co)wrote the book 🔗 on Artificial Intelligence in the 1990s, talks with Michael and Dave about how the field has changed over the years, AI fairness and ethics, what is a symbol, and much more.
[Cover image based on "Peter Norvig in 2019 at the Interval" 🔗 , licensed CC BY-SA 4.0 by Christopher Michel (Cmichel67 🔗 on Wikipedia)]
Minds, Brains, & Morals with Oriel FeldmanHall
Oriel FeldmanHall, Brown University assistant professor and director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab (🔗, 🔗), joins Michael and Dave in a wide-ranging discussion starting with what reinforcement learning does and doesn't mean -- and she turns the tables to ask what computer scientists do and don't get wrong about mind and brain and learning in general.
Agency IoT Loyalty1
Michael and Dave tackle the big questions and settle two of them: Is Agency A Zero Sum Game? Why Do (Internet of) Things Suck? How Can We Turn Computation Away From Centralization?
[Image of ancient Philips Hue Controller operating without internet access, used by permission of Dave the owner]
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.