This Week in Machine Learning & AI Podcast

This Week in Machine Learning & AI Podcast

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This Week in Machine Learning & AI is the most popular podcast of its kind. TWiML & AI caters to a highly-targeted audience of machine learning & AI enthusiasts. They are data scientists, developers, founders, CTOs, engineers, architects, IT & product leaders, as well as tech-savvy business leaders. These creators, builders, makers and influencers value TWiML as an authentic, trusted and insightful guide to all that’s interesting and important in the world of machine learning and AI. Technologies covered include: machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, natural language processing, neural networks, analytics, deep learning and more.

Episodes

Reinforcement Learning: The Next Frontier of Gaming with Danny Lange - TWiML Talk #24  

My guest on the show this week is Danny Lange, VP for Machine Learning & AI at video game technology developer Unity Technologies. Danny is well traveled in the world of ML and AI, and has had a hand in developing machine learning platforms at companies like Uber, Amazon and Microsoft. In this conversation we cover a bunch of topics, including How ML & AI are being used in gaming, the importance of reinforcement learning in the future of game development, the intersection between AI and AR/VR and the next steps in natural character interaction. The notes for this show can be found at twimlai.com/talk/24

Offensive vs Defensive Data Science with Deep Varma  

This week on the show my guest is Deep Varma, Vice President of Data Engineering at real estate startup Trulia. Deep has run data engineering teams in silicon valley for well over a decade, and is now responsible for the engineering efforts supporting Trulia’s Big Data Technology Platform, which encompasses everything from Data acquisition & management to Data Science & Algorithms. In the show we discuss all of that, with an emphasis on Trulia’s data engineering pipeline and their personalization platform, as well how they use computer vision, deep learning and natural language generation to deliver their product. Along the way, Deep offers great insights into what he calls offensive vs defensive data science, and the difference between data-driven decision making vs products. Another great interview, and i'm sure you’ll enjoy it. The notes for this show can be found at twimlai.com/talk/25 Subscribe! iTunes ➙ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/this-week-in-machine-learning/id1116303051?mt=2 Soundcloud ➙ https://soundcloud.com/twiml Google Play ➙ http://bit.ly/2lrWlJZ Stitcher ➙ http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=92079&refid=stpr RSS ➙ https://twimlai.com/feed Lets Connect! Twimlai.com ➙ https://twimlai.com/contact Twitter ➙ https://twitter.com/twimlai Facebook ➙ https://Facebook.com/Twimlai Medium ➙ https://medium.com/this-week-in-machine-learning-ai

Integrating Psycholinguistics into AI with Dominique Simmons - TWiML Talk #23  

I think you’re really going to enjoy today’s show. Our guest this week is Dominique Simmons, Applied research Scientist at AI tools vendor Dimensional Mechanics. Dominique brings an interesting background in Cognitive Psychology and psycholinguistics to her work and research in AI and, well, to this podcast. In our conversation, we cover the implications of cognitive psychology for neural networks and AI systems, and in particular how an understanding of human cognition impacts the development of AI models for media applications. We also discuss her research into multimodal training of AI models, and how our understanding of the human brain has influenced this work. We also explore the debate around the biological plausibility of machine learning and AI models. It was a great conversation.

Deep Neural Nets for Visual Recognition with Matt Zeiler  

Today we bring you our final interview from backstage at the NYU FutureLabs AI Summit. Our guest this week is Matt Zeiler. Matt graduated from the University of Toronto where he worked with deep learning researcher Geoffrey Hinton and went on to earn his PhD in machine learning at NYU, home of Yann Lecun. In 2013 Matt’s founded Clarifai, a startup whose cloud-based visual recognition system gives developers a way to integrate visual identification into their own products, and whose initial image classification algorithm achieved top 5 results in that year’s ImageNet competition. I caught up with Matt after his talk “From Research to the Real World”. Our conversation focused on the birth and growth of Clarifai, as well as the underlying deep neural network architectures that enable it. If you’ve been listening to the show for a while, you’ve heard me ask several guests how they go about evolving the architectures of their deep neural networks to enhance performance. Well, in this podcast Matt gives the most satisfying answer I’ve received to date by far. Check it out. I think you’ll enjoy it. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/22.

Engineering the Future of AI with Ruchir Puri - TWiML Talk #21  

Today we bring you the second of three interviews we did backstage from the NYU FutureLabs AI Summit, this time with Ruchir Puri. Ruchir is the Chief Architect at IBM Watson as well as an IBM Fellow. I caught up with Ruchir after his talk on “engineering the Future of AI for Businesses”. Our conversation focused on cognition and reasoning, and we explored what these concepts represent, how enterprises really want to consume them, and how IBM Watson seeks to deliver them. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/21.

Selling AI to the Enterprise with Kathryn Hume - TWiML Talk #20  

This week's guest is Kathryn Hume. Kathryn is the President of Fast Forward Labs, which is an independent machine intelligence research company that helps organizations accelerate their data science and machine intelligence capabilities. If Fast Forward Labs sounds familiar, that's because we had their founder, Hilary Mason on a few months ago. We’ll link to that in the show notes. My discussion with Kathryn focused on AI adoption within the enterprise. She shared several really interesting examples of the kinds of things she’s seeing enterprises do with machine learning and AI, and we discussed a few of the various challenges enterprises face and some of the lessons her company has learned in helping them. I really enjoyed our conversation and I know you will too! You can find the notes for todays show here: https://twimlai.com/talk/20

From Particle Physics to Audio AI with Scott Stephenson - TWiML Talk #19  

This week my guest is Scott Stephenson. Scott is co-Founder & CEO of Deepgram, which has developed an AI-based platform for indexing and searching audio and video. Scott and I cover a ton of interesting topics including applying machine learning techniques to particle physics, his time in a lab 2 miles below the surface of the earth, applying neural networks to audio, and the Deep Learning Framework Kur that his company open-sourced. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/19.

(1/5) HelloVera - AI-Powered Customer Support  - TWiML Talk #18  

This week I'm on location at NYU/ffVC AI NexusLab startup accelerator, speaking with founders from the 5 companies in the program's inaugural batch. This interview is with HelloVera, a company applying artificial intelligence to the challenge of automating customer support experiences. The notes for this series can be found at https://twimlai.com/nexuslab. Thanks to Future Labs at NYU Tandon and ffVenture Capital for sponsoring the series!

(2/5) Klustera - Location-Based Intelligence for Smarter Marketing - TWiML Talk #18  

This week I'm on location at NYU/ffVC AI NexusLab startup accelerator, speaking with founders from the 5 companies in the program's inaugural batch. This interview is with Klustera, a company applying location-based intelligence and machine learning to help brands execute smarter marketing campaigns. The notes for this series can be found at twimlai.com/nexuslab. Thanks to Future Labs at NYU Tandon and ffVenture Capital for sponsoring the series!

(3/5) Cambrian Intelligence - Using AI to Simplify the Programming of Robots - TWiML Talk #18  

This week I'm on location at NYU/ffVC AI NexusLab startup accelerator, speaking with founders from the 5 companies in the program's inaugural batch. This interview is with Cambrian Intelligence, a company using AI to simplify the programming of industrial robots for the automotive industry. The notes for this series can be found at twimlai.com/nexuslab. Thanks to Future Labs at NYU Tandon and ffVenture Capital for sponsoring the series!

(4/5) Behold.ai - Increasing Efficiency of Healthcare Insurance Billing with NLP - TWiML Talk #18  

This week I'm on location at NYU/ffVC AI NexusLab startup accelerator, speaking with founders from the 5 companies in the program's inaugural batch. This interview is with Behold.ai, which uses computer vision and natural language processing techniques to bring efficiencies to the world of healthcare insurance billing. The notes for this series can be found at twimlai.com/nexuslab. Thanks to Future Labs at NYU Tandon and ffVenture Capital for sponsoring the series!

(5/5) AlphaVertex - Creating a Worldwide Financial Knowledge Graph - TWiML Talk #18  

This week I'm on location at NYU/ffVC AI NexusLab startup accelerator, speaking with founders from the 5 companies in the program's inaugural batch. This interview is with AlphaVertex, a FinTech startup creating a worldwide financial knowledge graph to help investors predict stock prices. The notes for this series can be found at twimlai.com/nexuslab. Thanks to Future Labs at NYU Tandon and ffVenture Capital for sponsoring the series!

Interactive Machine Learning Systems with Alekh Agarwal - TWiML Talk #17  

This week my guest is Alekh Agarwal. Alekh is a researcher with Microsoft Research whose research is focused on Interactive Machine Learning. In our discussion, Alekh and I discuss various aspects of this exciting area of research such as active learning, reinforcement learning, contextual bandits and more.

Machine Learning in Cybersecurity with Evan Wright - TWiML Talk #16  

This week my guest is Evan Wright, principal data scientist at cybersecurity startup Anomali. In my interview with Evan, he and I discussed about a number of topics surrounding the use of machine learning in cybersecurity. If Evan’s name sounds familiar, it’s because Evan was the winner of the O’Reilly Strata+Hadoop World ticket giveaway earlier this month. We met up at the conference last week and took advantage of the opportunity to record this show. Our conversation covers, among other topics, the three big problems in cybersecurity that ML can help out with, the challenges of acquiring ground truth in cybersecurity and some ways to accomplish it, and the use of decision trees, generative adversarial networks, and other algorithms in the field. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/16.

Domain Knowledge in Machine Learning Models for Sustainability with Stefano Ermon - TWiML Talk #15  

My guest this week is Stefano Ermon, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, and Fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. Stefano and I met at the Re-Work Deep Learning Summit earlier this year, where he gave a presentation on Machine Learning for Sustainability. Stefano and I spoke about a wide range of topics, including the relationship between fundamental and applied machine learning research, incorporating domain knowledge in machine learning models, dimensionality reduction, and his interest in applying ML & AI to addressing sustainability issues such as poverty, food security and the environment. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/15.

Scaling Deep Learning: Systems Challenges & More with Shubho Sengupta — TWiML Talk #14  

This week my guest is Shubho Sengupta, Research Scientist at Baidu. I had the pleasure of meeting Shubho at the Rework Deep Learning Summit earlier this year, where he delivered a presentation on Systems Challenges for Deep Learning. We dig into this topic in the interview, and discuss a variety of issues including network architecture, productionalization, operationalization and hardware. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/14.

Understanding Deep Neural Nets with Dr. James McCaffrey - TWiML Talk #13  

My guest this week is Dr. James McCaffrey, research engineer at Microsoft Research. James and I cover a ton of ground in this conversation, including recurrent neural nets (RNNs), convolutional neural nets (CNNs), long short term memory (LSTM) networks, residual networks (ResNets), generative adversarial networks (GANs), and more. We also discuss neural network architecture and promising alternative approaches such as symbolic computation and particle swarm optimization. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/13.

TWiML Talk #12 - Brendan Frey - Reprogramming the Human Genome with AI  

My guest this week is Brendan Frey, Professor of Engineering and Medicine at the University of Toronto and Co-Founder and CEO of the startup Deep Genomics. Brendan and I met at the Re-Work Deep Learning Summit in San Francisco last month, where he delivered a great presentation called “Reprogramming the Human Genome: Why AI is Needed.” In this podcast we discuss the application of AI to healthcare. In particular, we dig into how Brendan’s research lab and company are applying machine learning and deep learning to treating and preventing human genetic disorders. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/12

TWiML Talk #11 - Hilary Mason - Building AI Products  

My guest this time is Hilary Mason. Hilary was one of the first “famous” data scientists. I remember hearing her speak back in 2011 at the Strange Loop conference in St. Louis. At the time she was Chief Scientist for bit.ly. Nowadays she’s running Fast Forward Labs, which helps organizations accelerate their data science and machine intelligence capabilities through a variety of research and consulting offerings. Hilary presented at the O'Reilly AI conference on “practical AI product development” and she shares a lot of wisdom on that topic in our discussion. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/11.

TWiML Talk #10 - Francisco Webber - Statistics vs Semantics for Natural Language Processing  

My guest this time is Francisco Webber, founder and General Manager of artificial intelligence startup Cortical.io. Francisco presented at the O’Reilly AI conference on an approach to natural language understanding based on semantic representations of speech. His talk was called “AI is not a matter of strength but of intelligence.” My conversation with Francisco was a bit technical and abstract, but also super interesting. The show notes can be found at twimlai.com/talk/10.

TWiML Talk #9 - Pascale Fung - Emotional AI: Teaching Computers Empathy  

My guest this time is Pascale Fung, professor of electrical & computer engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Pascale delivered a presentation at the recent O'Reilly AI conference titled "How to make robots empathetic to human feelings in real time," and I caught up with her after her talk to discuss teaching computers to understand and respond to human emotions. We also spend some time talking about the (information) theoretical foundations of modern approaches to speech understanding. The notes for this show can be found at twimlai.com/talk/9.

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