The ConversAItion

A podcast airing viewpoints on the impact of AI on business and society.

How should kids learn about AI? Jim is joined by Dave Touretzky, professor of computer science and researcher on AI in education, to explore the history of AI in education and the process of introducing AI to K-12 curriculum.

Smarter parking, data-driven pricing, industry transformation—Jim speaks with Elan Mosbacher, SVP of Strategy and Operations at SpotHero, about how AI adoption is transforming the parking industry for consumers and garage operators alike. 

People analytics, personality profiling, overcoming biases—Jim discusses AI in hiring with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a professor and Chief Talent Scientist at staffing firm ManpowerGroup. They delve into how AI is changing the way companies evaluate and manage top talent.

Smart homes, IoT education, sustainable living—Jim is joined by IoT expert and entrepreneur Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino to talk about all things “living with tech.” Specifically, they unpack the history and future of technology in the home. 

How can robots can work best with humans? Jim and guest Dr. Michael Littman discuss everything from robotics design to how humans can play a role in teaching robots socially acceptable behavior, informed by Michael’s work as a co-director and researcher at Brown University’s Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative. You can find Michael on Twitter at @mlittmancs.

Jim is joined by Louis Rosenberg, prolific inventor and the founder and CEO of Unanimous AI, a company that uses AI to amplify the intelligence of human groups. They discuss how an approach called swarm intelligence can be used to forecast everything from the Kentucky Derby to medical diagnoses, with surprising accuracy. You can find Unanimous AI on Twitter @UnanimousAI.

Season two kicks off with Karen Hao, Senior AI Reporter at MIT Technology Review. In this episode, Karen and Jim explore the role of the media in educating the public on AI. They also discuss what it’s like for reporters who are now faced with the challenge of reporting on AI during the coronavirus pandemic. You can find Karen on Twitter @_KarenHao.

Jim explores ethical robot design with Thomas Arnold of the Tufts University Human-Robot Interaction Lab. Recorded in front of a live audience, they discuss the research around moral, ethical and logistical considerations when designing for human-robot interactions. With a background in theological studies, Professor Arnold offers a unique perspective on how humans respond to robots in social settings, and how interacting with these autonomous systems will, in turn, impact humans. Follow Thomas on twitter @Thomas__Arnold.

Jim speaks with a renowned expert on digital business, Tom Davenport, about everything from AI and the fear of job displacement to employability in an AI-driven world. A prolific author, senior advisor to Deloitte Analytics and the President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, Tom is always thinking about enterprise technology and its impact on the future of work. He regularly writes for publications like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Follow Tom on Twitter @TDav.

In this episode, Jim explores the role of AI in voice casting with Jim Kennelly, owner of Lotas Productions, an audio recording studio that offers services in casting, directing and recording. They discuss everything from finding the right voice for all kinds of media to the growing importance of voice in creating meaningful connections between people and technology. Follow Jim on Twitter @VO_Kennelly. 

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