AI in Business
The Kind of Artificial Intelligence That Google Doesn’t Care to Build - with Dr. Roger Shank

Dr. Roger Schank received his PhD from Stanford, taught at Yale, and altogether has spent around three decades attempting to solve the big problems of artificial intelligence.

In this interview, Dr. Schank talks about a kind of helpful “teaching” artificial intelligence that would go beyond Siri and help us to make the right decisions at the right times given our own objectives. He explains why he believes such a project is not on Google’s agenda, and what he believes might be required to create such an AI.

Direct download: Roger_Schank_Use.mp3
Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Computers Do Their Own Kind of “Creative,” Not Like Ours - with MIT’s Nick Montfort

Dr. Nick Montfort doesn’t hold Shakespeare and DaVinci as the high water mark of “creativity,” nor does he believe that human creative endeavor is the only worthwhile kind.


In this interview, Dr. Montfort shares some of his own examples of how computers can aide the creative process in ways that might result in “art” that humans aren’t capable of making alone. In addition, he provides his insight as to where the intersections of artificial intelligence and “creativity” might really lie.


Direct download: Nick_Montfort_Use.mp3
Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

How “Ordinary” Civilian Needs Drive “Extraordinary” Biotech Advancement - with UPENN’s Jonathan Moreno

Dr. Jonathan Moreno’s book “Mind Wars” has contributed to his current reputation as one of the most prominent bioethicists in America today.


In this interview, Dr. Moreno shares his thoughts about the government agencies like DARPA and the NIH are invested in and involved with the latest biotechnology initiatives, from neuro-prosthetics to psychedelics and beyond. He also shares with us his ideas about how civilian needs are often a prime driver of the direction of biotechnology development (even for behemoths like DARPA).

Direct download: Jonathan_Moreno_USe.mp3
Category:Ethics -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Inevitably Transhuman - Human Nature’s Momentum Beyond Itself - with Neuroscientist and Philosopher Nayef Al-Rodhan

Dr. Al-Rodhan spent decades studying the human mind, and it helped him form a theory of humanity, its nature, and its technological future. Namely, that our very nature will inevitably bring us to go beyond nature - not merely in the extension of our capacities through devices - but through a literal enhancement and extension of our bodies and minds.


In his belief, human beings are emotional creatures with a moral compass that exists for their own egotistical needs. Our desire for power, profit, pleasure, pride and permanency - says Neyef - will drive us beyond the bounds of our physical condition, and it's the role of governments (not corporations) to regulate that process of enhancement and experimentation for the good of humanity. If you're interested in human motivation and the next 20 years of enhancement technology, this is an interview you won't want to miss.

Direct download: Nayef_Al-Rodhan_Use.mp3
Category:Ethics -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT