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In each episode of The Robot Brains podcast, renowned artificial intelligence researcher, professor and entrepreneur Pieter Abbeel meets the brilliant minds attempting to build robots with brains. Pieter is joined by leading experts in AI Robotics from all over the world as he explores how far humanity has come in its mission to create conscious computers, mindful machines and rational robots. Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo
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In each episode of The Robot Brains podcast, renowned artificial intelligence researcher, professor and entrepreneur Pieter Abbeel meets the brilliant minds attempting to build robots with brains. Pieter is joined by leading experts in AI Robotics from all over the world as he explores how far humanity has come in its mission to create conscious computers, mindful machines and rational robots. Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo
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    Charles Isbell makes the case for more ethical AI

    Charles Isbell makes the case for more ethical AI

    In episode twelve of The Robot Brains Podcast we are joined by Charles Isbell Jr, professor and Dean of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After starting his career as an industrial researcher at the legendary Bell Labs, and a long research career in Interactive and Human-Centric AI, Charles has more recently turned his attention to the major issues of ethics, fairness and diversity that are becoming ever more important as AI is being deployed in the real world. Speaking with Pieter Abbeel, Charles explains why researchers can find making ethical AI challenging, his fascinating keynote speech at NeurIPS, and how more diversity in academic admissions can help to improve AI research. Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo
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    Alison Gopnik on the different (and similar) ways robots and children learn

    Alison Gopnik on the different (and similar) ways robots and children learn

    In episode eleven of The Robot Brains Podcast we are joined by Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and author of the "Mind and Matter" science column for the Wall Street Journal. She has written numerous books about developmental psychology and researching the ways children learn. Her TED Talk: "What do babies think?" has been seen over 4.2 million times. During her conversation with our host, Pieter Abbeel, we discussed the similarities and differences between the way robots and human children learn. We also covered some the methods for testing what a child and a robot actually knows, the theory of the mind, and whether a robot can ever truly be curious? Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo


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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Mike Schuster on whether AI can help hedge fund investors to beat the market?

    Mike Schuster on whether AI can help hedge fund investors to beat the market?

    Episode ten of The Robot Brains Podcast investigates how hedge funds are using AI to find competitive advantages for their investments. Joining us to explain how AI is starting to be used for pure profit is Mike Schuster Managing Director and Head of AI Core Team at the New York-based Financial Sciences firm: Two Sigma. With decades of experience working in AI (including Google where he pioneered the ML technology that became Google Translation), when Mike first joined Two Sigma he was described as potentially being the “hedge fund’s last human employee”. In his chat with our host Pieter Abbeel, Mike explains that it actually takes a team to bring AI to banking, as well as explaining how working for a hedge fund is like working for a tech company and the future potential of AI robot investors.
    Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Simon Knowles on pushing AI computing to the limit by rethinking chips

    Simon Knowles on pushing AI computing to the limit by rethinking chips

    In the latest episode of The Robot Brains Podcast, we meet Graphcore's CTO, EVP of engineering and co-founder, Simon Knowles. Simon has had a long and illustrious career creating computer processors that have been used all over the world and in practically every industry. At Graphcore, he and his team have created the IPU, the world's first computer chip specifically designed to handle AI compute. In his chat with our host Pieter Abbeel, Simon discusses the history of AI compute, offers business advice from his experience as a tech startup founder and why we, if we want AI to change the world, we'll need a new breed of computer chips. Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo
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    Peter Chen on building brains for robots in the real world

    Peter Chen on building brains for robots in the real world

    In episode seven of The Robot Brains Podcast, our guest is Covariant CEO and co-founder Peter Chen. Peter is one of Pieter Abbeel's closest collaborators for the past five years, with Peter having studied for his PhD in Pieter's lab in Berkley before then working together at OpenAI. Now they are co-founders of Covariant, which they started back in 2017 with Peter as the CEO. On this episode we explore the future of AI-powered robotics, looking at what happens when you teach industrial robots to "think" and "learn" from their environment. Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo
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    Marc Segura talks about the millions of robots already changing industries around the world

    Marc Segura talks about the millions of robots already changing industries around the world

    In episode seven of The Robot Brains Podcast, our guest is ABB's Marc Segura. Marc is the Managing Director of consumer segments and service robotics at ABB. Founded in 1988, ABB is one of the largest producers and installers of robots around the world and Marc has been leading the charge on many of the company's efforts for 20+ years. He has seen the introduction of game-changing robots in practically every major industry, from car manufacturing in Germany to restaurants in China. On this week's show, he and Pieter Abbeel discuss the history of robotic automation and how AI is starting to really change where robotic automation is headed. Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

Leebus productions ,

Finally, the AI podcast I’ve been waiting for!

Thank you Pieter for creating a podcast that’s intelligent and insightful for ordinary listeners. Your guests are great and your interview style lends itself to nicely flowing conversations about the current state of AI. Your personal inside scoop also adds to the validity of the ideas you present. It’s educational but not extremely technical so followers like me can enjoy while learning. Please continue with this. We’re super appreciative of your efforts!

Adhesive woman ,

Has connections to top data science experts

Host is above average in questions but really shines with his personal connections to top minds in the fields. The pace of the show is nice and pleasant to listen to while still very informative.

Oz81dog ,

Great show

This show has been great so far, really interesting guests. I’m looking forward to more shows!

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