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Eye On A.I.

Eye on A.I. tracks new developments in artificial intelligence research, hosted by longtime New York Times journalist Craig S. Smith. In each episode, Craig will discuss aspects of AI with some of the people making a difference in the space, putting incremental advances into a broader context. AI is about to change your world, so pay attention.

Jan 7, 2020

We begin 2020 by looking back at some of the highlights from 2019 including conversations with Turing award winners, Yoshua, Bengio and Yann Lecun, as well as with the father of reinforcement learning, Rich Sutton. Our guests consider applying machine learning to the climate crisis; competition between the U S and China...


Dec 11, 2019

Daphne Koller, formerly at Stanford University and cofounder of the online education company, Coursera, talks this week about using machine-learning to develop new drugs. Her approach is to use machine learning to accuratley identify cellular or genetic targets for treatment. The field is just getting started but...


Nov 24, 2019

My guest this week, Aude Billard from Switzerland’s Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory, blends control theory with machine learning to build robotic systems that are both swift and precise but can handle some of the unpredictability of the real world. Her lab famously taught a robot arm to catch a tennis...


Nov 4, 2019

Former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt and former Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, co-chairs of the U.S. National Security Commission on AI, talk about the challenges the government faces in winning support from a skeptical private sector and in maintaining engagement with China while ensuring that that engagement...


Oct 24, 2019

The secret in much of artificial intelligence today is that it depends on hordes of unskilled workers to label the data used to train supervised learning models. But, in order for data science teams to work with labelers around the world, they need a platform. This week, in the second of a periodic series of...