Hello, World. Princeton and WHYY launch new podcast “A.I. Nation”

Decisions as soon as made by persons are more and more being made by machines, usually with out transparency or accountability. In “A.I. Nation,” a brand new podcast premiering on April 1, Princeton University and Philadelphia public radio station WHYY have partnered to discover the omnipresence of synthetic intelligence (A.I.) and its implications for our on a regular basis lives.

“A.I. Nation” is co-hosted by Ed Felten, the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs and founding director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and WHYY reporter Malcolm Burnley. Over the course of 5 episodes, the pair will examine how synthetic intelligence is affecting our lives proper now, and the affect that applied sciences like machine studying, automation and predictive analytics may have on our future.

The podcast may also take into account how we, as digital residents, can defend ourselves from the inherent biases of synthetic intelligence, and work in direction of equity and social justice.

“We spent a long time figuring out how to make a podcast that is compelling without being superficial, and connects everyday life to the deep and important issues raised by the A.I. and computing revolution,” stated Felten. “There were several false starts and some pilots that got progressively closer to the vision. Then we connected to the team at WHYY, and found the recipe.

“This partnership with WHYY is the first of its kind for Princeton, and we couldn’t be more excited,” stated Brent Colburn, vice chairman for communications and public affairs at Princeton. “As Philadelphia’s neighbor to the north, we share an intellectually curious community that is craving insightful audio content. Princeton’s cutting-edge research, together with WHYY’s world-class reporting and production, has resulted in a podcast that is timely, engaging and forward-thinking.”

Felten and Burnley will discover the unimaginable advances A.I. has engendered, together with the fast growth of the COVID-19 vaccine. They may also delve into its darker sides, uncovering how A.I. may be “human in all the wrong ways” and exhibit biases that result in wrongful arrests or political misinformation.

In the primary two episodes, which launch immediately, Felten and Burnley examine pure language processing and automatic autos. Natural language processing, or NLP, is a pc’s potential to speak utilizing human language versus laptop code, and is answerable for issues we use day-after-day, like autocorrect or Google’s predictive search. In episode one, Felten and Burnley experiment with GPT3, an NLP expertise developed by Open AI, a analysis lab based by Elon Musk and funded by Microsoft. While GPT3’s capabilities are unimaginable — it may well write every little thing from novels to information tales — it will also be inconsistent. What is extra alarming, nevertheless, is that the expertise is able to spreading misinformation. This, as Felten and Burnley focus on, is likely one of the the reason why Open AI believed its earlier model of the mannequin, GPT2, was too harmful to launch to most of the people.

Anirudha Majumdar

Anirudha Majumdar, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, pictured with an autonomous plane. 

In episode two, “A.I. in the Driver’s Seat,” Burnley and Felten take into account the protection, safety and moral implications of automated machines. Burnley excursions a Princeton drone lab with Anirudha Majumdar, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, to witness the A.I. behind drones in motion.  Felten and Burnley additionally focus on a number of the the reason why self-driving autos, a expertise that has been in growth for many years, are nonetheless not out there to the general public and the way they may be used within the close to future. 

New episodes ­­— on “The Next Pandemic” (April 15), “Biased Intelligence” (April 22) and “Echo Chambers” (April 29) — might be launched all through the month.

“A.I. Nation” is offered wherever you get your podcasts.


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