What Now? AI

What Now? AI

What Now? AI is a University of Toronto podcast series that dives into the world of artificial intelligence. Join hosts Beth Coleman and Rahul Krishnan as they explore – and demystify – the transformative potential of AI and its impact on society with the help of leading experts from the university. Coleman is an associate professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at U of T Mississauga and U of T’s Faculty of Information. She is also a research lead on AI policy and praxis at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. Krishnan is an assistant professor in U of T’s department of computer science in the Faculty of Arts & Science and department of laboratory medicine and pathobiology in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. He is also a Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the Vector Institute and Canada Research Chair in computational medicine.


May 23, 2024 25 mins

AI is poised to impact the political process in profound ways. How do we navigate this uncharted territory? Hosts Beth Coleman and Rahul Krishnan are joined by experts Peter Loewen and Harper Reed to unravel the potential influence of AI on democracy and the spread of misinformation.  

About the hosts:

Beth Coleman is an associate professor at U of T Mississauga’s Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and ...

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The rapid advance of AI writing tools, image generators and text-to-video models opens a new world for creative possibilities. It also raises questions about the role of the artist, the nature of creativity – and ethics.

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April 18, 2024 21 mins

While a lot of the news around AI is doom and gloom, the potential for positive innovation in health care offers a hopeful perspective. Hosts Beth Coleman and Rahul Krishnan are joined by University of Toronto experts Christine Allen and Andrew Pinto to talk about the transformative power of AI in health care, from revolutionizing primary care to advancing drug development.

About the hosts:

Beth Coleman is an associate professor at...

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April 11, 2024 24 mins

Safe and Accountable  

Hosts Beth Coleman and Rahul Krishnan navigate the challenging terrain of AI safety and governance. In this episode, they are joined by University of Toronto experts Gillian Hadfield and Roger Grosse as they explore critical questions about AI’s risks, regulatory challenges and how to align the technology with human values.


Beth Coleman is an associate professor at U of T Mississauga’s Institute of Comm...

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April 4, 2024 9 mins

University of Toronto researchers Rahul Krishnan and Beth Coleman dive into the world of AI – how far we’ve come, where we are heading and the potentially profound impact for society. 

01:24 Geoffrey Hinton's warning about AI
03:21 Regulating a multi-billion dollar industry
04:50 How is AI ...

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September 14, 2022 18 mins

Director of the Citizen Lab, Ron Deibert sits down with Randy to breakdown everything from privacy and propaganda, to how to solve marital problems and intricacies of being a Libra.

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September 7, 2022 14 mins

Jeffrey Rosenthal, Professor of Statistics, was born on Friday the 13th. He joins Randy to talk about luck, chance, Markov's chain - and no that’s not a 90's band - and play a round of rock, paper, scissors!

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August 31, 2022 14 mins

Beth Coleman, Associate Professor of Data & Cities joins Randy to dive into “smarter cities” and what a more human-centered city could be.

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August 24, 2022 16 mins

Edward Jones-Imhotep, is a historian of the social and cultural life of machines. He and Randy talk tech, Black androids, social order and slow disasters.

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August 17, 2022 15 mins

Randy Boyagoda and Clémentine Van Effenterre dive deep into economic policies and protests, privilege and class divisions, and the new shape of work across the globe.

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August 10, 2022 14 mins

Randy meets Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández at his OISE office for the first time since the pandemic, as they talk about whether schools have changed for the worse (or the better) since March 2020.

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August 3, 2022 16 mins

Maydianne Andrade is a Jamaican-born Canadian ecologist and (UTSC) professor known for her work on the mating habits of a variety of widow spiders. During the pandemic, she hosted The New Normal, a podcast about our steps into the unknown and how we as a community are getting through it. She pursues research, teaching, service, and public engagement in a variety of ways, including as a Canada Research Chair and as president of the ...

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July 27, 2022 1 min

A podcast about the post pandemic world: how we live together, work together, recover, thrive, teardown, and rebuild. What has changed? Are we ready for the next challenges? Climate change, inequality, identity, housing, healthcare, supply chain, technology, community.

Season one host – author and professor Randy Boyagoda – explores our city and ideas, talking with members of the U of T community and its neighbors about this brand-...

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