14 episodes

With secret labs and expert guests, Sleepwalkers explores the thrill of the AI revolution hands-on, to see how we can stay in control of our future.

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    • 4.6 • 544 Ratings

With secret labs and expert guests, Sleepwalkers explores the thrill of the AI revolution hands-on, to see how we can stay in control of our future.

    Modern Alchemy

    Modern Alchemy

    We explore the hidden role of cobalt in the A.I. revolution. The element is a key ingredient of lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from cell phones to laptops to electric vehicles. But the way cobalt is mined is troubling. New Yorker journalist Nicolas Niarchos takes us to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which accounts for more than 70% of the world's cobalt supply. There, he exposes child labor in the supply chain and reveals a new frontier of competition with China. 

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    • 21 min
    Sleepwalkers at CES

    Sleepwalkers at CES

    In this special bonus episode, Oz and Karah share their trip to the Consumer Electronics Show. They present excerpts from a conversation with Matt Monahan of The Washington Post about how to best harness the power of AI, while avoiding common pitfalls. Matt is head of product for Arc Publishing, which began life as The Post's internal publishing suite, and is now licensed by hundreds of partner sites. Oz and Karah also discuss their highlights from the CES floor, including a device to track dogs' emotions. 

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    • 24 min
    AI & Us

    AI & Us

    In this special episode, Oz and Karah examine our evolving relationship with the technology we create. Karah meets Jason Cohen, CEO of Analytical Flavor Systems, to see if his team can hack her taste preferences, and use AI to create a new flavor of beverage that she will love. Oz and Karah also look ahead to Season 2, previewing stories they are excited to report, including algorithms that promise to optimize end-of-life conversations. And they share highlights from conversations with guests from Season 1 who shaped their thinking about AI: Yuval Noah Harari, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Regina Barzilay of MIT.  

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    • 26 min
    Deus Ex Machina

    Deus Ex Machina

    The rules are changing. At a time when technology promises to allow the lame to walk and the blind to see, we're forced to ask: what makes us uniquely human? In this final episode of Season 1, we speak with the so-called "sage of Silicon Valley," Yuval Noah Harari, about humanity's future. We try out technology that claims to deliver on a miracle, and we meet the source of several new innovations being created by people normally left out of the laboratory.  In this episode: Professor Yuval Noah Harari, Sebastian Thrun of Google X and Kitty Hawk, Bryony Cole of Future of Sex, musician Noe Socha, and Dr. Andy Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh.  Special thanks to The Forward, and Make It All Work. 

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
544 Ratings

544 Ratings

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Thought Provoking

Well thought out, researched, and presented. This podcast really makes me think about my relationship with technology.

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Reveals the subtlety of tech

Technology good or bad is not the question. Finally editors who understand the myths of value neutrality. Beautiful story telling, provocative metaphors, images that make the zeros and ones come to life. Excellent choices regarding what matters most and compelling reasons why. Thank you. A joy listening.

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The Telekom ad encouraging users to upgrade to the iPhone 12 that ran during the cobalt mining episode, transcended irony and sadly reeked of hypocrisy. Sigh.

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