RADIO AI - A Public Resource for AI Literacy (for Everyone)

RADIO AI - A Public Resource for AI Literacy (for Everyone)

Radio AI is an AI public literacy series for all ages. Have fun listening to AI experts talking in a friendly way about topics like undersea robotics, software agents, and machine learning. Each light hearted podcast gives easy to understand short question and answer formats that make learning about AI a snap. There are 12 Radio AI episodes, each hosted by Radio AI Director Cindy Mason, who has 14 nieces and nephews! Dr. Mason trained in AI and Machine Learning at UC Berkeley and Stanford, and worked with Dr. John McCarthy, father of AI, and Prof. Lotfi Zadeh, father of fuzzy sets.

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June 3, 2021 13 min

"RADIO AI's AI and Environment series continues with Part 2 - Its not "all about the data"!  When it comes to AI projects that work with environmental problems, there is a big deal about the people who use them!   And, unlike the rest of AI that is still struggling with the people factor, when it comes to Environmental systems the AI systems have always been about the people.   From explaining how a decision is made...

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 In Radio AI Episode 3.5, Dr. Cindy Mason shares why AI is a SUPER TOOL for working on the environment.   In the episode you find out why.   Dr. Mason proposed the first U.S. and first international AI gathering of AI and Environmental scientists while working at NASA Ames and   she has just completed a book, "Artificial Intelligence and The Environment", on Amazon.    While working on the book she discovered that although ...

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In this Radio AI Episode 3.4, Dr. Emily Ury, an ecologist from Duke University, is haunted by ghost forests.   Using big rubber waders, insect protection and AI, Dr. Ury  and a team of ecologists   investigate these ghost forests  using AI to go back through time and space to find the patterns and extent of ghost forests.   Dead trees with pale trunks, devoid of leaves and limbs are the tell tale sign of saltwater.   Scientists cal...

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 RADIO AI Episode 3.3 discusses the problem of algorithmic justice with Henry Lieberman, an AI machine learning expert at MIT .  Machine learning algorithms and models can be found across many many apps.  They have become institutionalized, making life impacting decisions like hiring and firing or prision sentences. Staggering errors with this technology mostly affect women and minorities.  Joy Buolamwini at MIT found this out the ...

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In this RADIO AI Episode, we travel to India to find out about AI and Common Sense.  AI researcher, Pushkar Sawant, explains the AI problem of common sense.   People find common sense easy, but its one of THE hardest unsolved problems in AI.   Pushkar explains that we need common sense for life and that in India, grandmothers hold the treasure of common sense.   When it comes to common sense, your grandmother may be smarter than Ei...

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We depend more and more on AI programs in critical systems and in our lives - from military weaponry and healthcare to employment and mortgages.  But what if those programs have "bugs" or errors?  In this RADIO AI Episode 3.1, MIT AI research scientist, Henry Lieberman, talks about the process of building a computer program and getting it to run without  bugs.  He proposes the radical idea of using AI to debug our computer ...

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RADIO AI presents part II of the Artificial Compassion podcast series.   Part II lecture is delivered by Cindy Mason, an AI researcher who invented Artificial Compassion after recognizing that scientific discoveries about compassion can rub off on us through our own digital devices.   In this podcast we learn how to achieve artificial compassion using cognitive architectures.     We look at 3 increasingly sophisticated cognitive ar...

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RADIO AI Episode 2.5  opens up a whole new world of AI to us  with Compassionate Intelligence.    In this episode we  discover how our own biology depends on kindness and compassion to function and explore some of the human sciences discoveries  that inspired inventor  Cindy Mason to create it.  Part I  takes  us on a journey of building a system with Artificial Compassion.  What is Artificial Compassion?   Why build it?    How mig...

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RADIO AI Episode 2.4  is a continuation of Episode 2.3 on AI and Social Issues
Description: Prof. Peter Sincak, head of Cybernetics and AI at Kosice University in Slovakia of Central Europe collaborates with roboticists in Japan, China and other places around the world.   He continues sharing his world perspective on AI and  raises many important issues about AI, from media hype to the singularity.  He also  covers some of the AI li...

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RADIO AI Episode 2.3 features a special guest Prof. Peter Sincak, head of Cybernetics and AI at Kosice University in Slovakia of Central Europe, who shares important ideas on the social impacts and isssues of AI on the public.   Prof Sincak collaborates with roboticists in Japan, China and other places around the world.   He shares his world perspective on AI and  raises many important issues about the AI media hype  vs. reality of...

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How does an AI system organize information?  The say way the brain does!  Machine Learning, Robotics, Natural Language Processing, and all branches of AI, organize the world as Concepts and Categories!    In Part II (Ep. 2.2) we continue our exploration of AI's use of Concepts and Categories to organize and understand the objects in the world with RADIO AI Director Cindy Mason and answer the big question:    How does an AI syst...

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Season 2 kicks off with Episode 1 - Concepts and Categories Part I with RADIO AI, Director Cindy Mason who reveals  AI's hidden key to 'making sense' of the world - Concepts and Categories.   People name and organize everything in the world this way,  and  AI systems do, too.  Some neuroscientists even think our physical brain is organized around Concepts and Categories. And its not just one kind of AI that does this, b...

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Can AI systems solve problems the way Sherlock Holmes does? Yes, it’s elementary! with deductions.  This kind of AI is called “cognitive AI” systems because it imitates some of the ways we think about the world using symbols.  A cognitive AI system uses symbols not only to communicate with people but it represents a problem with symbols and solves it similar to the way that mathematicians and physicists do.  If you think about how ...

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How do you make an AI system mimic human curiosity?  What an amazing idea! Join Professor Mary Lou Maher on Episode Five of RADIO AI to find out what it means to make an AI system “curious”!  What might happen?!    You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out more!  Be curious!

Mary Lou Maher is the Chair of the Department of Software and Information Systems, College of Computing and Informatics, University of North Carolina, Ch...

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“C3P0” “BB8”  When someone says, “Artificial Intelligence,” we usually think about ROBOTS!  In episode four, RADIO AI Director Cindy Mason, invites us to learn more about the robots we find in our world - from the shopping mall to outer space missions.  Robots have many kinds of sensors and some can even fly or go underwater!  In this podcast we learn the answers to 3 big questions: 1) What is a robot?  2) How do we interact with i...

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 “Hey SIRI!”, “Alexa…” These and other "Software agents" or  "bots" are everywhere now - on our phones, in our cars, in our homes and they are partnering with us to get things done.   We owe it to ourselves to know more about them.  Join us in Episode 3  with RADIO AI host, Cindy Mason,  as we explore the inside world of an  AI technology called "software agents".    Dr. Mason has an in-depth background in b...

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Join Henry Lieberman, an MIT machine learning expert, and Cindy Mason, Radio AI Director, as they talk about the A, B, C's of machine learning in six minutes.   Find out about  Supervised learning, Unsupervised learning, and the  Machines that learn by discovery and interact with us!   Season 1.  Episode 2.   For the full season of podcast episodes  check out https://www.academia.edu/s/cfdfba6691?source=news        For more...

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Radio AI is a collection of podcasts for public literacy on AI and is for all ages.
In this episode, AI researcher and Radio AI host, Dr. Cindy Mason, talks with Undersea Robotics specialist Hans Thomas live from  research vessel off the coast of California.
Hans and his crew along with 2 cranes and 3 robots are on a 3 week expedition at sea  mapping and exploring the sea floor to find out if it  will support a new kind of energy wit...

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