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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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