Online life is real life, and with artificial intelligence it’s getting even more real. In Season 6, IRL zooms in on data, machine learning and algorithms, as host Bridget Todd shares real life stories about AI from around the world. This season doubles as Mozilla’s 2022 Internet Health Report, which explores who is reclaiming power to make online life healthier for everyone.
The AI Medicine Cabinet
Life, death and data. AI’s capacity to support research on human health is well documented. But so are the harms of biased datasets and misdiagnoses. How can AI developers build healthier systems? We take a look at a new dataset for Black skin health, a Covid chatbot in Rwanda, AI diagnostics in rural India, and elusive privacy in mental health apps.
The Truth is Out There
Murky political groups are exploiting social media systems to spread disinformation. With important elections taking place around the world this year, who is pushing back? We meet grassroots groups in Africa and beyond who are using AI to tackle disinformation in languages and countries underserved by big tech companies.
AI from Above
An aerial picture can tell a thousand stories. But who gets to tell them? From above the clouds, our world is surveilled and datafied. Those who control the data, control the narratives. We explore the legacy of spatial apartheid in South Africa’s townships, and hear from people around the world who are reclaiming power over their own maps.
When an Algorithm is Your Boss
Gig workers around the world report directly to algorithms in precarious jobs created by secretive corporations. We take you to the streets of Quito, Ecuador where delivery workers are protesting against artificial intelligence, and we hear solutions from people in several countries on how to audit the algorithms and reclaim rights.
The Tech We Won’t Build
Where should tech builders draw the line on AI for military or surveillance? Just because it can be built, doesn’t mean it should be. At what point do we blow the whistle, call out the boss, and tell the world? Find out what it’s like to sound the alarm from inside a big tech company.
Introducing IRL Season 6: AI in Real Life
Meet IRL’s new host, Bridget Todd, who is on a journey to meet people around the world who are making AI more trustworthy in real life. AI is everywhere now. It’s part of healthcare, social media, maps, and even killer robots. But who has power over AI? And who is shifting that power? Join Bridget Todd as she talks to technology builders and policy folks from around the world who are developing more trustworthy AI that puts people over profits.
IRL is an original podcast from the non-profit Mozilla.
IRL is back?!
I’ve been missing this podcast and all the good privacy advice it offers. Now I hear that they have a new season coming out with Bridget Todd hosting. This is excellent news and they could not have found a better host to keep this podcast going!
Essential listening for the privacy wonks, of the sort who use Firefox as their browser. It’s a good fit for a tech-skeptic like me, and a complement to shows like Reset, and Your Undivided Attention.
I just wish they produced episodes more often.
The very best in tech/life
Unique and compelling information that will leave you craving for more. It balances so well the relationship between technology and everyday life, how it affect us and how the future is developing. It is one of my favorite podcasts of all time.