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Eye on A.I. is a biweekly podcast, hosted by longtime New York Times correspondent Craig S. Smith. In each episode, Craig will talk to people making a difference in artificial intelligence. The podcast aims to put incremental advances into a broader context and consider the global implications of the developing technology. AI is about to change your world, so pay attention.
 
Writer, comedian, and social gadabout Lucas Murphy sits down with friends and contemporaries to solve the New York Times crossword puzzle. Along the way he might just learn a little bit about life, love, and the meaning of archaic words.
 
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Automated machine-learning tools – or tools that automate the creation of machine-learning applications – are increasingly important in the current talent-scarce environment. Expensive ML engineers shouldn't spend their time doing stuff that machines can do quicker and cheaper. This week, we talk to Evan Sparks and Ameet Talwalkar, two of the f ...…
 
If Nathan sounds a little different it’s because his mustache is gone, folks. The boys are back at it again with the Labor Day puzzle from the Failing New York Times, as well as all the conversation about Cracker Barrel you’ve come to expect. Plus reviews of gum, putting stuff inside your pee hole, and stealing valor from pole dancers.…
 
This week, I talk to Brendan McCord, who wrote the Pentagon’s AI strategy and is now a Special Government Employee at the National Security Commission on AI. Brendan talks about what he believes the US needs to do to stay competitive with China and promote an alternative vision of AI-powered security and prosperity to the world.…
 
There's a mouse in the house and it's not the one shaking you down for a new subscription service! Nathan and Lucas discuss their political situations, plans for joining community theatre, redneck domestic partnerships, and cultures who use the wrong parts of the animals.All this and a Monday puzzle!…
 
This week I enter the ‘smelliverse,’ the dimension of odors, with Alexei Koulakov, a professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Alexei uses machine learning to explore the least understood of our senses: the sense of smell. He’s working to unlock the mechanism by which we perceive odors and to classify millions of volatile molecules by their s ...…
 
Lucas and Nathan are BACK, BABY! There's a solid half hour of very granular discussion about the production of booze, followed by the consumption of booze. We talk about the angry hot dog biker, Nathan's water park lifestyle, Boston Milkshakes, our complete and withering disdain for prestige television, invent scrabbilliards, and try to get to ...…
 
This week I talk to John Platt, a Distinguished Scientist at Google, about twin problems: finding cheap zero-carbon energy sources and mitigating global warming. John is a polymath, having discovered asteroids, helped put the touch in computer touchpads and even won an Academy Award for scientific and technical achievements in computer animatio ...…
 
This week we return to the world of thinking robots with Chelsea Finn, one of the youngest experts in the field, who talks about her journey, about her work in meta-learning and about lifelong learning for robots.By Craig S. Smith.
 
On The Cross is coming to you LIVE from Poorcastle Festival with our special guest Sean Cannon, here to help us solve the New York Times Crossword Puzzle in a tent full of confused music festival goers. We launch into the poopoo and peepee material pretty quickly and it devolves from there into a heated debate about what the best pizza buffet i ...…
 
This week, we look at AI in India. With its massive population, fast-growing economy, English-language education and large supply of brilliant researchers and engineers, it should be competing with China and the U.S. for dominance in the space. But it is not. I talk to Partha Talukdar, a professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, ...…
 
The Boys are back with another puzzling pod. Nathan’s working out the kinks on his bankruptcy scheme, Lucas hates youtube celebrities, there’s some discussion on where Geico fits into the classic structures of narrative conflict, and Nathan describes his ideal date with Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
 
Are the rumors true? Is On The Cross headed for a breakup? Nathan's been blocking Lucas's Words with Friends requests, Lucas has nothing but contempt for Nathan's love of 90's bands. Things seem pretty unstable. Still the boys have reunited, not unlike the Beatles, for a rooftop performance this week. Join them as they take on a "mini-marathon" ...…
 
This week I talk to Yann Lecun, one of the brightest minds in machine learning today. Yann's work lies behind some of the most critical AI applications, most notably computer vision systems that power everything from face recognition software to self-driving cars. He recently won the Turing Award, the highest prize in computer science. We talke ...…
 
This week I talk to Trae Stephens and Brian Schimpf from Anduril Industries, an AI defense contractor, about the current state of AI research and deployment for national security, including how the US stacks up against China. We also talked about the resistance among US engineers to work on defense applications and whether that hobbles the US i ...…
 
Comedian Misty Stine comes by the studio to help solve a "food and drink" themed crossword puzzle from the New York Times app. We discuss the worst stage in town, hipsters, alternate calendars as a tool of the bourgeoisie, stamp addiction, and that Game of Thrones. If you like the show please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a review! Let us k ...…
 
This week, I talk to Ken Church, a pioneer in Natural Language Processing, whose use of statistical models on part of speech tagging revolutionized the field and is what makes automatic dictation and machine translation so popular today. We talked about his early days at MIT, about explainable AI and about how the Holy See played a role in his ...…
 
Nathan's gone garden crazy. Lucas is just trying to keep up. There's mild spoilers about the fate of Hagar the Horrible in the new Avengers movie. Nobody is keeping the go kart cheaters in check. All this plus we read the minutes from the last meeting of the itty bitty titty committee.
 
This week, I talk to Sergey Levine, one of the most prolific researchers in robot learning. We talked about developing a robot’s sense of touch and about robot dreams and whether he believes we know what’s happening in the field in Russia and China.By Craig S. Smith.
 
Lucious Williams is back for a New York Times Crossword mini-marathon! The boys bang out two mini puzzles, talk gardening, name problems, racism, Mini Kiss, preacher breathing, and which zoo animals we could beat in a fight.
 
We got a big, fat tiddy hit of a show! Hunter Roberts joins the boys for a comic themed edition of the New York Times Crossword. We talk about the Chinese jerkoff robot, Lake Poopyboobs, Garfield, faraway magic, and the dangers of vintage energy booze.
 
Thinking robots: that’s how much of the world envisions artificial intelligence and if there is one person on the planet who understands the limitations and promise of intelligence in robots, it's Pieter Abbeel, one of the world’s foremost experts on robotic learning systems. In this episode, Pieter talks about robot memories and the prospect o ...…
 
This week I talk to the Bengio brothers, Samy and Yoshua, in their first interview together. Yoshua recently won the Turing Award with Geoff Hinton and Yann Lecun, while Samy leads a team of researchers at Google Brain. The brothers are well known to people who work in machine learning, but few know how intertwined their professional lives have ...…
 
Lucas and Nathan go it alone this week with a full-blown Monday puzzle, and much like Icarus from the Led Zeppelin t shirt, their hubris was their undoing. It wasn't a particularly difficult puzzle, and they certainly got distracted talking about other things, but it took them a solid two hours to figure it out.…
 
This week, I talk to Richard Sutton, who literally wrote the book on reinforcement learning, the branch of artificial intelligence most likely to get us to the holy grail of human-level general intelligence and beyond. His work changed the course of machine learning and has become the standard model for reward learning in the brain.…
 
Return guest Eric Sorgel joins the boys for a New York Times crossword puzzle and somehow it becomes about Mister Noodle, opossum adjacent muggings, and driving your Ford to the fjord. Nathan offers a taste of the Nerd’s Rope, Eric has a doomsday posse put together, and Lucas owns what could be a lifetime supply of toilet paper.…
 
In this week's episode, I talk to Pedro Domingos, author of the bestselling book, The Master Algorithm, which is about the ongoing effort to unify machine-learning paradigms in a single model. But the conversation was much broader than that. Pedro believes strongly that the great powers are engaged in an AI arms race with America's Defense Adva ...…
 
Stephen Holthouser popped in at the studio and helped the boys solve a New York Times crossword puzzle. Nathan got crushed by a Maytag, Stephen explores the concept of the PC mafia, and Lucas finally gets to the bottom of one of the longest standing mysteries on the show.
 
David Britton joins the boys at the all new Devil Heaven studio for a wordplay puzzle from the New York Times. Along the way we talk about butthole eyes, deep fried memes, the dainty, midlife crisis penis piercings, shushing sports, and unintentionally killing it at an open mic. Thank you to our listeners who have been spreading the word, we lo ...…
 
Resurrecting the Tower of Babel with machine learning: In this week’s episode, we talk to Liang Huang, principal scientist at Baidu Research in Silicon Valley about his breakthrough in simultaneous translation technology, which promises to erase language barriers. Baidu’s system can already translate speech to text with as little as a three-sec ...…
 
In this episode of Eye on AI, I continue my review of AI research in different regions of the world with a focus on Europe. Europe, with its strong academic tradition, faces unique challenges in scientific research because of the continent's fragmentation and the weakening of the European Union. Given the growing dominance of North America and ...…
 
It's a live podcast crossover red carpet event! Nathan and Lucas teamed up with Sean and Patrick from Bout Time to cover the 8th annual Kent Carney Awards. If you don't listen to Bout Time already, head over there and give a listen to the other half of this insane podcast mashup. They released the pre-show interviews, we have the post-show roun ...…
 
It's award season, and during our recent recording session with Jake Reber we ended up talking in depth about Louisville's own Kent Carney Awards for Comedic Excellence with the creator, founder, and godfather of the prestigious-née-facetious award. Listen in on an unprecedented conversation about the most coveted fake award in comedy!…
 
The man behind Louisville's largest annual comedy event, The Kent Carney Awards, Jake Reber is back in the studio. We talk about music, racism, and the She-Hulk.
 
If this is your first time listening to On The Cross, you should know in all the earlier episodes Nathan wasn’t a big fat guy. From now on, it seems he will be. Also, he’s probably gonna get into jewelry. We talk sneakers, VR pornography, whisper secrets about a dead guy, jape battles, and STELMO. All the while solving the New York Times Crossw ...…
 
In this episode of Eye on AI, I talk to Ben Rosman, who runs Africa’s largest machine learning lab at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is focused on reinforcement learning. Ben has been instrumental in unifying and upgrading the continent’s machine-learning capabilities in hopes of making Africa a player i ...…
 
The holidays are almost here and you know what that means: we're gonna talk about the safety of consuming street fudge. Friend and comedian Sara Butryn joins the boys for a New York Times crossword puzzle, Lucas makes eye contact with a salacious chimp, and Nathan finds out there's different holes for pee and poo.…
 
Lucas and Nathan sit down without any distractions and tear ass through the Monday puzzle. So it's like 8 minutes of talk about vitamins right at the top, then they get convinced they can predict the future for a minute, then some talk about whipping it out on a date, a discussion of candy... Long story short it still took them an hour. PLUS! B ...…
 
Comedian Lucious Williams visits the show for another New York Times crossword puzzle! We kick things off with a neighborhood-specific discussion of local diners that's sure to appeal to listeners everywhere, Lucas has more infections than ears, Lucious fights a kangaroo, and Nathan gets a joke stolen by Dane Cook. All this plus a review of the ...…
 
In this episode of Eye on AI, I talk to Julian Togelius, perhaps the most prolific researcher at the intersection of video games and artificial intelligence. Julian works on AI for games and games for AI. Some of his most significant work is in training deep neural networks to play video games and generalize what they have learned, a critical s ...…
 
Friend of the show C. Charles is back with for another round of New York Times crossword puzzle madness. We review some pickles, talk about eating gross foods as a goof, discuss caveman related music, rock and roll baby names, dentistry, and pity date tattoos.
 
In this episode of Eye on AI, I talk to Miles Brundage, who studies the societal impacts of artificial intelligence and works on the policy team of OpenAI, the nonprofit A.I. research company founded by Elon Musk. When I spoke to Miles, he was a research fellow at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, where he remains an asso ...…
 
It's a Halloween fright fest full of spooks and scares! But mostly full of film and literature critiques. The boys talk about movies that actually scare them. Lucas is gearing up to write a novel. Nathan is adjusting to being a pub trivia host. We all feel old going to punk shows. It's BONE CHILLING!…
 
Howell Dawdy is here to help us with this New York Times Crossword puzzle this week! Lucas invents the open face hot dog chili sandwich, Nathan gives his top yolk tips, and Howell pitches a movie for the whole juggalo family. And if you don’t know who Howell Dawdy is, do yourself a favor and look it up!…
 
In this episode of Eye on AI, I talk to Kaifu Lee, a thought leader on AI in China. Kaifu just published the book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. We talked about the premise of the book, which is that China has already caught up with the US in the field of AI and is poised to surpass it. While China may lag on b ...…
 
Our old friend Tyler Jackson visits all the way from Hollywood just to help us solve a New York Times Crossword Puzzle featuring all of your favorite superheroes! Along the way we talk uncle stuff, band names, steakhouses, body swap spray for bros, and Nathan tries to take the red pill.
 
Our good buddy Rob Montage is back for another go at the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. Nathan ponders doing his own dental work, Rob attempts to delineate the definition of Butt Rock vs Dolt Rock, and Lucas porns out with his bros. Along the way there’s a lot of discussion about meat, what it truly means to be “on butt”, and what the Purge w ...…
 
In Episode 3 of Eye on AI, I talk to Misha Bilenko, head of AI at Yandex, the Google of Russia, about Vladimir Putin’s claim that whomever dominates AI will rule the world; about Yandex’s chatty virtual assistant, Alice; and how AI has made the dead poet Pushkin relevant today.By Craig S. Smith.
 
In Episode 2 of Eye on AI, I talk to Jack Clark, Strategy and Communications Director at OpenAI, a nonprofit A.I. research company, in a wide-ranging conversation off of things highlighted in Jack’s popular Import AI newsletter. Topics include whether A.I. will be used to trade cryptocurrencies; about A.I. used to speed up the creation of A.I. ...…
 
In Episode 1 of Eye on AI, I talk to Jack Clark, Strategy and Communications Director at OpenAI, a nonprofit A.I. research company, in a wide-ranging conversation off of things highlighted in Jack’s popular Import AI newsletter. Topics include Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s comment that the advent of artificial intelligence to man’s discovery of fi ...…
 
Comedian/actress Holly Lynnea paid us a visit, and helped us solve a booze-themed New York Times Crossword. We talk a lot about food even for us, break down the finer points of comedian stage names, talk even more about food, and share stories about getting whooped. All this plus the royal wedding and Chuck Berry's sex tape. Check out Holly's w ...…
 
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