57 episodes

Some people can see things that nobody else can. They seem to be able to peer around corners and into the future. These seemingly super powers come from being able to synthesize the data all around us. They approach problems with a curious and rational mind. They think differently and encourage others to embrace data culture.

We call them “data radicals” because they transform themselves and the world around them

In this podcast, we talk to these Data Radicals to understand what makes their approach so unique and how it can be replicated.

Data Radicals Alation

    • Technology
    • 4.6 • 21 Ratings

Some people can see things that nobody else can. They seem to be able to peer around corners and into the future. These seemingly super powers come from being able to synthesize the data all around us. They approach problems with a curious and rational mind. They think differently and encourage others to embrace data culture.

We call them “data radicals” because they transform themselves and the world around them

In this podcast, we talk to these Data Radicals to understand what makes their approach so unique and how it can be replicated.

    The AI Echo of Saul Alinsky's Legacy

    The AI Echo of Saul Alinsky's Legacy

    Saul Alinsky's book Rules for Radicals held significant lessons for grassroots movements and political activism when it was published in 1971. It also inspired the title and theme of this podcast. In his book, Saul outlines approaches for unifying people and motivating them to work toward a common goal. Today, these same strategies can be used for data culture change management, triggering transformative action within organizations.

    Saul was an American activist and political theorist who lived from 1909 to 1972. His work organized impoverished communities and gave them tools to drive social change, and won him national attention and notability. In the final episode of the season, Satyen sits down with a ChatGPT-infused version of Saul to discuss the role of data in driving social change, the application of community organization tactics in corporate settings, and the key principles from Rules for Radicals.

    • 29 min
    Vector Databases 101 with Edo Liberty, CEO & Founder of Pinecone

    Vector Databases 101 with Edo Liberty, CEO & Founder of Pinecone

    The rapid progress in AI technology has fueled the evolution of new tools and platforms. One such tool is a vector search. If the function of AI is to reason and think, the key to achieving this is not just in processing data, but also in understanding the relationships among data. Vector databases provide AI systems with the ability to explore these relationships, draw similarities, and make logical conclusions. Understanding and harnessing the power of vector databases will have a transformative impact on the future of AI.

    Edo Liberty is optimistic about the future where knowledge can be accessed at any time. Edo is the CEO and Founder of Pinecone, the managed database for large-scale vector search. Previously, he was a Director of Research at AWS and Head of Amazon AI Labs, where he built groundbreaking machine learning algorithms, systems, and services. He also served as Yahoo's Senior Research Director and led the research lab building horizontal ML platforms and improving applications. Satyen and Edo give a crash course on vector databases: what they are, who needs them, how they will evolve, and what role AI plays.

    • 41 min
    Meshy Data Orgs: Data Teams in a Product-Thinking World with Sanjeevan Bala, Group Chief Data & AI Officer at ITV

    Meshy Data Orgs: Data Teams in a Product-Thinking World with Sanjeevan Bala, Group Chief Data & AI Officer at ITV

    Folks in the data space are familiar with the concept of data literacy. However, a new idea is on the rise: business literacy. Whether folks sit in product, marketing, or commercial, there needs to be a productive balance between understanding business context and technical expertise of each department. This shared comprehension means ideas are more likely to be deployed and productionalized because everyone has deeper domain knowledge and business understanding.

    Sanjeevan Bala is making business literacy a top priority at his organization. He is the Group Chief Data and AI Officer at ITV, an Alation customer. There, he is responsible for driving the digital data and AI transformation and leading an offensive growth strategy that enhances how they produce, promote, distribute, and monetize content. Sanjeevan is an international thought leader, has won numerous awards for his work, and was named the most influential person in data by DataIQ. Satyen and Sanjeevan discuss the idea of a Data Product Manager, the importance of business literacy, and the power of experimentation.

    • 46 min
    The Impact of Analytics in a Zero-Sum Game with Ari Kaplan, Head of Evangelism at Databricks

    The Impact of Analytics in a Zero-Sum Game with Ari Kaplan, Head of Evangelism at Databricks

    Whether you work in retail, healthcare, or CPG, data analytics is key to making your business stand out. You’re able to find new sources of data, synthesize them, and then work with business folks to get better and better insights. Even with all of the advantages analytics offers us, sometimes there’s hesitancy to invest in data. In sports, it’s the exact opposite. The use of data is felt immediately in game wins, player selection, and gate revenue.

    Known as “The Real Moneyball guy,” Ari Kaplan has revolutionized sports through analytics and is a leading influencer in the area, as well as in AI and data. He helped create analytics departments for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Baltimore Orioles. Ari is now Head of Evangelism at Databricks where his team helped the Texas Rangers clinch their first World Series title. Satyen and Ari discuss data analytics in sports, how data intelligence platforms are shifting the landscape, and the concept of generation AI.

    • 43 min
    Beyond Frictionless Living with Nate Anderson, Deputy Editor at Ars Technica

    Beyond Frictionless Living with Nate Anderson, Deputy Editor at Ars Technica

    When it comes to our relationship with technology, be like philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and practice mindfulness. We usually think mindfulness means setting boundaries like screen time limits. However, we should think about the goals and values we want from technology, like greater human connection, improving efficiency, or driving knowledge. This introspective thinking enables us to be intentional about how and why we’re using technology. Without mindfulness, instead of you driving the tech, the tech may be driving you.

    Nate Anderson lives by and continues to share Nietzsche’s philosophies today. Nate is the Deputy Editor at Ars Technica, where he covers technology law, politics, and culture. He combined his high-tech background with a love of writing to freelance at publications like The Economist and Foreign Policy. Nate is also the author of In Emergency, Break Glass: What Nietzsche Can Teach Us About Joyful Living in a Tech-Saturated World. Satyen and Nate discuss forming positive connections with technology, saying “yes” to life, and what Nietzsche would have to say about tech.

    • 40 min
    AI Supply & Demand with Guy Scriven, U.S. Technology Editor at The Economist

    AI Supply & Demand with Guy Scriven, U.S. Technology Editor at The Economist

    Thanks to GenAI, we have an overabundance of tools, models, and capabilities. However, the use and impact of these advancements is yet to be known. That’s why in the age of technological innovation, traditional skills like fact-checking are more important than ever to ensure that the technology and predictions are correct.

    Guy Scriven, U.S. Technology Editor at The Economist, is on the frontlines of the AI explosion. In his tenure at the publication, he has served as a researcher and climate risk correspondent, and has grown his affinity for telling data-driven stories. Satyen and Guy discuss the role of data in journalism, instilling a culture of debate, and the unsexy – but critical – side of AI.

    • 47 min

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