In Machines We Trust

by MIT Technology Review
Host Jennifer Strong thoughtfully examines the far-reaching impact of artificial intelligence on our daily lives. Produced by MIT Technology Review, the podcast explores the rise of AI through the voices of people reckoning with the power of the technology, and by taking listeners up close with the inventors and founders whose ambitions are fueling the development of new forms of AI.

Live: Automating Agriculture

We're joined on stage by two startup founders working to bring automation to smaller scale farms. A live conversation from Lisbon, Portugal taped at one of the world's largest tech conferences, Web Summit. We meet:Praveen Penmetsa, CEO of Monarch TractorBarry Lunn, CEO of Provizio AI Credits:This episode was recorded and produced by Jennifer Strong with help from Emma Cillekens and Anthony Green. We’re edited by Mat Honan and mixed by Garret Lang, with original music from Garret Lang and Jac...

House training a robot

A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?This episode we go behind the scenes of an investigation that uncovered how sensitive photos taken by an AI powered vacuum were leaked and landed on the internet. Reporting:A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?Roomba testers feel misled after intimate images ended up on FacebookWe Meet:Eileen Guo, MIT Technology ReviewAlbert Fox Cah...

Audio Postcard: How to test a satellite

Our reporting about farming, AI and satellites turned into three episodes of this podcast, which you can find linked here in the show notes, and as part of this reporting we also toured a satellite factory in downtown San Francisco, called Planet Labs. This week we bring you along for one of our audio postcards to hear how these satellites are built and tested.We meet: Jacob Stern, director of test engineering at Planet LabsCredits:This episode was produced by Jennifer Strong …

Live: Exploring AI's evolution

A panel of luminaries join us live on stage at MIT Technology Review’s flagship conference, EmTech MIT, and discuss the path forward for AI research.We Meet:Will Douglas Heaven, Senior Editor of AI at MIT Technology ReviewAshley Llorens, Vice President & Managing Director at Microsoft ResearchRaia Hadsell, Senior Director of Research and Robotics at DeepMindYann LeCun, NYU Professor, VP & Chief AI Scientist at MetaCredits:This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at...

Update: How games teach AI to learn for itself

From chess to Jeopardy to e-sports, AI is increasingly beating humans at their own games. But that was never the ultimate goal. In this episode we dig into the symbiotic relationship between games and AI. We meet the big players in the space, and we take a trip to an arcade.We Meet: Julian TogeliusWill Douglas-HeavenDavid Silver David Fahri We Talked To: Julian TogeliusWill Douglas-HeavenK...

Harvesting the future with AI and satellites

AI is used in farming in some ways you might not expect, like for tracking the health of crops—from space. We travel from test farms to labs in the second installment of our series on agriculture, AI, and satellites. We Meet:Joseph Liefer, senior product manager of autonomy at John DeereJulian Sanchez, director of emerging technology at John DeereShely Aranov, CEO of InnerPlantRod Kumimoto, CSO of InnerPlantCredits:This episode was reported and produced by Jen...

The future of farming lies in space

AI is used in agriculture to precisely target weeds and optimize irrigation practices. It’s also being used in ways you might not expect, like for tracking the health of cow pastures—from space. We travel from test farms to orchards in the first of a two-part series on agriculture, AI, and satellites. We Meet: Greg Brickner, Veterinarian and grazing specialist at Organic ValleyGeoff Klein, irrigation manager of Bullseye FarmsJohn Bourne, SVP Ceres ImagingDeanna Kovar, VP of Production and Precision Ag Production …

Optimizing for convenience

We’re in the middle of another major disruption in retail—one that’s been accelerated by the pandemic, and looks to take the convenience of e-commerce and apply it to physical environments. In this episode, we examine how AI is at the center of this transition.We meet:Prakhar Mehrotra, VP, Machine Learning, Walmart Global TechJordan Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Standard AITerrence Griffin, Quality Control Specialist, Standard AISuresh Kumar, Global Chief Technology Officer and CDO, WalmartThis episod...

Encore: When Your Face is Your Ticket

Face mapping and other tracking systems are changing the sports experience in the stands and on the court. In part-three of this latest series on facial recognition, Jennifer Strong and the team at MIT Technology Review jump on the court to unpack just how much things are changing. This episode was originally published December 8, 2020.We meet: Donnie Scott, senior vice president of public security, IDEMIAMichael D'Auria, vice president of business development, Second SpectrumJason Gay, sports columnist, The Wall Street …

Update: How pricing algorithms learn to collude

Algorithms now determine how much things cost. It’s called dynamic pricing and it adjusts according to current market conditions in order to increase profits. The rise of ecommerce has propelled pricing algorithms into an everyday occurrence—whether you’re shopping on Amazon, booking a flight, hotel or ordering an Uber. We Meet: Lisa Wilkins, UX designer Gabe Smith, chief evangelist, Pricefx Aylin Caliskan, assistant professor, University of Washington Joseph Harrington, professor of business, economics and public policy, University of Pennsylvania Maxime Cohen, …