33 episodes

Artificial Intelligence has too much hype. In this podcast, linguist Emily M. Bender and sociologist Alex Hanna break down the AI hype, separate fact from fiction, and science from bloviation. They're joined by special guests and talk about everything, from machine consciousness to science fiction, to political economy to art made by machines.

Mystery AI Hype Theater 3000 Emily M. Bender and Alex Hanna

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    • 4.4 • 22 Ratings

Artificial Intelligence has too much hype. In this podcast, linguist Emily M. Bender and sociologist Alex Hanna break down the AI hype, separate fact from fiction, and science from bloviation. They're joined by special guests and talk about everything, from machine consciousness to science fiction, to political economy to art made by machines.

    Episode 33: Much Ado About 'AI' 'Deception', May 20 2024

    Episode 33: Much Ado About 'AI' 'Deception', May 20 2024

    Will the LLMs somehow become so advanced that they learn to lie to us in order to achieve their own ends? It's the stuff of science fiction, and in science fiction these claims should remain. Emily and guest host Margaret Mitchell, machine learning researcher and chief ethics scientist at HuggingFace, break down why 'AI deception' is firmly a feature of human hype.Reference:Patterns: "AI deception: A survey of examples, risks, and potential solutions"Fresh AI Hell:Adobe's 'ethical' image gene...

    • 1 hr
    Episode 32: A Flood of AI Hell, April 29 2024

    Episode 32: A Flood of AI Hell, April 29 2024

    AI Hell froze over this winter and now a flood of meltwater threatens to drown Alex and Emily. Armed with raincoats and a hastily-written sea shanty*, they tour the realms, from spills of synthetic information, to the special corner reserved for ShotSpotter.**Lyrics & video on Peertube.*Surveillance:*Public kiosks slurp phone dataWorkplace surveillanceSurveillance by bathroom mirrorStalking-as-a-serviceCops tap everyone else's videosFacial recognition at the doctor's office*Synthetic info...

    • 57 min
    Episode 31: Science Is a Human Endeavor (feat. Molly Crockett and Lisa Messeri), April 15 2024

    Episode 31: Science Is a Human Endeavor (feat. Molly Crockett and Lisa Messeri), April 15 2024

    Will AI someday do all our scientific research for us? Not likely. Drs. Molly Crockett and Lisa Messeri join for a takedown of the hype of "self-driving labs" and why such misrepresentations also harm the humans who are vital to scientific research.Dr. Molly Crockett is an associate professor of psychology at Princeton University.Dr. Lisa Messeri is an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University, and author of the new book, In the Land of the Unreal: Virtual and Other Realities in ...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 30: Marc's Miserable Manifesto, April 1 2024

    Episode 30: Marc's Miserable Manifesto, April 1 2024

    Dr. Timnit Gebru guest-hosts with Alex in a deep dive into Marc Andreessen's 2023 manifesto, which argues, loftily, in favor of maximizing the use of 'AI' in all possible spheres of life.Timnit Gebru is the founder and executive director of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR). Prior to that she was fired by Google, where she was serving as co-lead of the Ethical AI research team, in December 2020 for raising issues of discrimination in the workplace. Timnit also ...

    • 1 hr
    Episode 29: How LLMs Are Breaking the News (feat. Karen Hao), March 25 2024

    Episode 29: How LLMs Are Breaking the News (feat. Karen Hao), March 25 2024

    Award-winning AI journalist Karen Hao joins Alex and Emily to talk about why LLMs can't possibly replace the work of reporters -- and why the hype is damaging to already-struggling and necessary publications.References:Adweek: Google Is Paying Publishers to Test an Unreleased Gen AI PlatformThe Quint: AI Invents Quote From Real Person in Article by Bihar News Site: A Wake-Up Call?Fresh AI Hell:Alliance for the FutureVentureBeat: Google researchers unveil ‘VLOGGER’, an AI that can bring still ...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 28: LLMs Are Not Human Subjects, March 4 2024

    Episode 28: LLMs Are Not Human Subjects, March 4 2024

    Alex and Emily put on their social scientist hats and take on the churn of research papers suggesting that LLMs could be used to replace human labor in social science research -- or even human subjects. Why these writings are essentially calls to fabricate data.References:PNAS: ChatGPT outperforms crowd workers for text-annotation tasksBeware the Hype: ChatGPT Didn't Replace Human Data AnnotatorsChatGPT Can Replace the Underpaid Workers Who Train AI, Researchers SayPolitical Analysis: Out of ...

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Infini19A0 ,

This helps (CS) people

This podcast helps people including this skeptical Computer Scientist (CS) student and professional. More importantly it is accessible to all by educating about facts rather than marketing jargon. It is informative and recent episodes have improved greatly. Cutting through AI-hype trends is increasingly important. Please keep doing this brilliant work!

pengcognito ,

An oasis of knowledge in a sea of manufactured (generated?) existential dread.

If you are still afraid of the stochastic parrots, listen.

If you already know, and are exasperated by otherwise sensible people convinced they’re on the verge of being replaced in all areas of life with some grinning robot, have them listen.

This is both vaccine and antidote.

hobbieunicorn ,

Excellent podcasts for AI-maxis & AI-skeptics alike!

Whether you are an AI-maximalist, AI-skeptic, or somewhere in between, this podcast is a must-listen to understand the concerns around the 2023 AI hype and that “AI” critics are not simply luddites or party poopers.

Note that the first 3 episodes are just audio exports from live video streams and so are not as polished as podcasts you may be used to.

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