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Episode 4 Could AI prevent the next pandemic?

From detecting breast cancer in x-ray scans, to predicting emergency room volumes, to alerting governments to a potential pandemic, AI has become a critical tool in the healthcare industry. But how reliable is this technology, and how much should we depend on it when human lives are at risk?

Avery speaks with Microsoft's Chief Data Analytics Officer, John Kahan on whether the field of medicine can safely keep pace with the speed of technological innovation, and then talks with the Deputy Chief of Emergency Medicine, and Medical Director of Information and Technology at Toronto's St. Michael's hospital, Dr. Alun Ackery on how AI is being used day to day in a hospital setting.


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Episode 3 How can AI build more inclusive workplaces?

Over the last few years, countless companies and organizations are getting wise to the fact that diverse teams perform better, and that AI may have a role to play when it comes to dismantling bias, and building a more inclusive and equitable workforce. But what are the risks of trusting an algorithm to assemble a team?

Avery speaks with tech founder Sinead Bovell on whether it's actually possible to create neutral AI. She also speaks to Microsoft's Chief Diversity Officer, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre on the relationship between human judgment and technology when it comes to hiring, and then talks to the CEO and Founder of Plum.io, Caitlin MacGregor on how her company is using technology to help employers reach their diversity and inclusion goals.


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Episode 2 Is facial recognition technology trustworthy?

Whether it's unlocking your phone with your face, or sorting through pictures of your friends, chances are you've interacted with facial recognition technology over the last few years. And while facial recognition tech makes our lives more organized and convenient, it can also be used in concerning ways.

Avery speaks with Microsoft Canada's Chief Technology Officer, John Weigelt on Microsoft's principaled stance on the use of Facial Recognition Technology. She then chats with tech law expert Dr. Michael Geist on the consequences of "opting in" to photo apps, and finally talks with the Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Bianca Wylie on why "data trusts" could be the key to navigating complex issues of consent in the tech world.


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Episode 1 Can we afford not to trust AI?

According to a recent study by Deloitte, the majority of Canadians don’t trust AI But where does that distrust come from, and what are the repercussions of letting it stifle AI innovation?

To get the answers, Avery speaks with former co-CEO of Research In Motion Jim Balsillie about the social and economic consequences of Canadians failing to embrace AI, and then talks with the lead of Microsoft’s AI Policy and Ethics advocacy, Tim O’Brien to try and understand our inherent fear of artificial intelligence. And while we’re on topic, we also ask about one of the most infamous AI learning experiences in recent memory - what exactly happened with Tay in 2016?


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Episode 0 Coming soon: Season 2 of A.I. Meets World

In season 1 of A.I. Meets World, we explored the many ways that Artificial Intelligence is benefiting our society. But recent studies show that Canadians still have concerns.

Season 2 of A.I. Meets World is all about asking the experts the tough questions when it comes to AI and public trust: How will AI affect privacy? Is AI innovation at odds with public safety? Will AI help or hinder the shift to a more equitable society?

Join tech author and founder Avery Swartz as she guides listeners on a four-episode journey, examining the potential of AI, trying to understand why Canadians don’t trust it, and envisioning a society that leverages AI for good.


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Learn more about the host:
Avery Swartz

Avery Swartz is the founder and CEO of Camp Tech, the tech workshop company for non-technical people. She was ranked number 5 on Search Engine Journal's Top 50 Women in Marketing list. Avery is the resident tech expert on CTV Your Morning, highlighting the latest tech gadgets, apps, and tech news for a national audience. She writes for Chatelaine, Today's Parent and The Globe and Mail on tech topics for modern women, families, and small businesses. Avery is the author of the best-selling book See You on the Internet: Building Your Small Business with Digital Marketing. Avery has been a Professor at both Ryerson University and Humber College. She lives in Toronto.




About A.I. Meets World

In season 1 of A.I. Meets World, we explored the many ways that Artificial Intelligence is benefiting our society. But recent studies show that Canadians still have concerns.

Season 2 of A.I. Meets World is all about asking the experts the tough questions when it comes to AI and public trust: How will AI affect privacy? Is AI innovation at odds with public safety? Will AI help or hinder the shift to a more equitable society?

Join tech author and founder Avery Swartz as she guides listeners on a four-episode journey, examining the potential of AI, trying to understand why Canadians don’t trust it, and envisioning a society that leverages AI for good.

The show is produced by Kyle Fulton and its executive producers are Stephanie Chan and Kiran Rana. Sound design by Olivia Pasquarelli. Art was created by Jeanine Brito. Project management by Christina Lippa.

Have a question? Email the show at podcasts@globeandmail.com

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Episode 6 AI Next Gen

We talk about how millennials are technology-obsessed ‘digital natives’, but what will these advancements mean for the future generation of workers who are “AI natives”? Becky and Navneet talk to Navid Nathoo, of the Knowledge Society, an accelerator program for tech-savvy young people, and Marat Kristal, the soon-to-be head of Schulich’s Masters of Management in AI program. How do we support the current workforce in developing skills to keep up? And how do we prepare our young people for a future we can’t even imagine yet?


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Episode 5 AI, MD

When it comes to our biggest health challenges, we could use some help...enter, AI. This episode, Becky and Navneet talk to UHN cancer researcher Benjamin Haibe-Kains, and SickKids’ chair of AI, Anna Goldenberg and look at the ways AI is revolutionizing diagnostics, surgery, and even personalized cancer treatment. Plus, they dig into just when we can look forward to diagnostic tricorders at your local clinic.


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Episode 4 AI Talks Back

AI is already all around us - predicting that next word in your text or email and helping companies communicate with their customer base. Today, Becky and Navneet tackle AI and Communication, with help from Ken Kocienda, a developer of your friend-or-foe, autocorrect, and Arul Menezes, head of Microsoft’s revolutionary Machine Translation efforts. Is AI changing the way we communicate for better, or worse?


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Episode 3 AI on Guard

Movies like Robocop and Gattica paint AI a certain way, but in reality, the story is quite a bit more complex. Becky and Navneet talk hackers with Microsoft’s Alex Simons, biometric innovations with FIDO Alliance’s Stephanie Schuckers and imagine a world beyond the username and password.


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Episode 2 AI Goes Green

In sci-fi, AI is often a negative force - but what if reality is the opposite? In this episode, Becky and Navneet explore the ways scientists are using AI technology to innovate in the fight against climate change. We talk to scientist Curtis Berlinguette about his autonomous AI lab, “ADA,” and Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer, Lucas Joppa about the “AI for Earth” campaign and even chat with grantee Heather Lynch about the art of AI penguin tracking.


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Episode 1 AI at your Service

How is a Roomba like Rosie from the Jetsons? How close are we to using AI to help people with disabilities? And what does the future of business looks like when assistants are digital?

 

In the first episode of AI Meets World, hosts Becky Shrimpton and Navneet Alang explore the world of AI personal assistants. They hear from Microsoft’s Saqib Shaikh, a blind engineer who launched the app Seeing AI to help the visually impaired. They also speak to Roy Pereira, the CEO and founder of Zoom.ai about using AI to tackle administrative work.


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Episode 0 Coming Soon: A.I. Meets World

From the Jetsons to the Terminator, our expectations of AI looked very different 20 or even 10 years ago. Now that we’re starting to see some of the fruits of our AI labour, it’s time to ask: Are we achieving what we’ve set out to do? How has the technology pivoted over the years as our understanding of AI has changed? And is AI everything we wanted it to be?

 

Join pop culture aficionado Becky Shrimpton and tech journalist Navneet Alang as they attempt to understand AI, where it is today and imagine where it's going next.


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Learn more about the hosts:
Becky Shrimpton

Becky Shrimpton is a voice actor, podcaster and pop-culture commentator. She is also a host on The Royal Canadian Movie Podcast, where you can hear her talk Canadian film with industry experts from Academy Award Winners to Canadian Comedy Award winners. Contact: beckyshrimpton.com or on twitter @LeShrimpton.

Nanveet Alang

Navneet Alang is a technology and culture writer based in Toronto. His work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Atlantic, New Republic, and many other publications.




About A.I. Meets World

From the Jetsons to the Terminator, our expectations of AI looked very different 20 or even 10 years ago. Now that we’re starting to see some of the fruits of our AI labour, it’s time to ask: Are we achieving what we’ve set out to do? How has the technology pivoted over the years as our understanding of AI has changed? And is AI everything we wanted it to be?

Join pop culture aficionado Becky Shrimpton and tech journalist Navneet Alang as they attempt to understand AI, where it is today and imagine where it's going next.

The show is produced by Pippa Johnstone and the show’s executive producers are Kiran Rana and Stephanie Chan. Art was created by Jeanine Brito. Project management by Christina Lippa.

Have a question? Email the show at podcasts@globeandmail.com

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