Conversations about computation writ large, with Michael Littman and Dave Ackley.
Mike Lesk: Data Scientist OG
Rutgers Professor Michael Lesk talks to Michael and Dave about everything from computing and information retrieval in the 1960s, to railroad signaling and recognizing giraffes, to the difference between astronomers and computer scientists, to Colonial Pipeline and the real AI challenge.
[Title image courtesy of Mike Lesk]
Closing Triangles with Tina Eliassi-Rad
Professor Tina Eliassi-Rad of Northeastern's Network Science Institute talks with Michael and Dave about topics ranging from graph structures and machine learning to AI ethics and the nature of democracy.
Glum About Tech
Dave is feeling glum about technology -- and by extension about the impacts of computer science, the exploitation of science in general, and the hope for sustainability and truth in society. Michael helps sort it all out.
Computing Penguins with Heather Lynch
Michael and Dave talk to Heather J. Lynch, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, about awards and leaving physics, about saving penguins and the planet, and more.
Heather Lane, machine learning researcher and senior architect at athenahealth, joins Dave and Michael in a talk of many things, of the thermodynamics of life, of the US healthcare industry and life after academia, of coming out as transgender.
Fil Menczer: From Artificial Life To Social Bots
Fil Menczer, professor and director of the Observatory on Social Media at Indiana University, joined Michael and Dave on the day after the 2020 USA presidential election. Fil revealed how his 1990s Artificial Life research set the stage for his current work, focusing not just on the facts of disinformation and hoaxes and conspiracy theories and social bots, but also how to identify and fight them.
[Title image based on photograph licensed CC BY-SA 3.0 by Tracey Theriault]
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.