• Algorithmic Detection of Fake News - Duration: 46 minutes.

    • 3 days ago
    The scale and frequency with which information can be distributed on social media makes the problem of fake news a rapidly metastasizing issue. To do any content filtering or labeling demands an al...
  • Ant Intelligence - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    If you prepared a list of creatures regarded as highly intelligent, it's unlikely ants would make the cut. This is expected, as on an individual level, ants do not generally display behavior that m...
  • Human Detection of Fake News - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 2 weeks ago
    With publications such as "Prior exposure increases perceived accuracy of fake news", "Lazy, not biased: Susceptibility to partisan fake news is better explained by lack of reasoning than by m...
  • Spam Filtering with Naive Bayes - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 3 weeks ago
    Today's spam filters are advanced data driven tools. They rely on a variety of techniques to effectively and often seamlessly filter out junk email from good email.

    Whitelists, blacklists, traf...
  • The Spread of Fake News - Duration: 45 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    How does fake news get spread online? Its not just a matter of manipulating search algorithms. The social platforms for sharing play a major role in the distribution of fake news. But how significa...
  • Fake News - Duration: 38 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    This episode kicks off our new theme of "Fake News" with guests Robert Sheaffer and Brad Schwartz.

    Fake news is a new label for an old idea. For our purposes, we will define fake...
  • Dev Ops for Data Science - Duration: 38 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    We revisit the 2018 Microsoft Build in this episode, focusing on the latest ideas in DevOps. Kyle interviews Cloud Developer Advocates Damien Brady, Paige Bailey, and Donovan Brown to talk abo...
  • First Order Logic - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    Logic is a fundamental of mathematical systems. It's roots are the values true and false and it's power is in what it's rules allow you to prove. Prepositional logic provides it's user variables. T...
  • Blind Spots in Reinforcement Learning - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    An intelligent agent trained in a simulated environment may be prone to making mistakes in the real world due to discrepancies between the training and real-world conditions. The areas where a...
  • Defending Against Adversarial Attacks - Duration: 31 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    In this week’s episode, our host Kyle interviews Gokula Krishnan from ETH Zurich, about his recent contributions to defenses against adversarial attacks. The discussion centers around his latest pa...
  • Transfer Learning - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    On a long car ride, Linhda and Kyle record a short episode. This discussion is about transfer learning, a technique using in machine learning to leverage training from one domain to have a head sta...
  • Medical Imaging Training Techniques - Duration: 25 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    Medical imaging is a highly effective tool used by clinicians to diagnose a wide array of diseases and injuries. However, it often requires exceptionally trained specialists such as radiologists to...
  • Kalman Filters - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    Thanks to our sponsor Galvanize

    A Kalman Filter is a technique for taking a sequence of observations about an object or variable and determining the most likely current state of that objec...
  • AI in Industry - Duration: 43 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    There's so much to discuss on the AI side, it's hard to know where to begin. Luckily,  Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of AI Business, and Carlos Pessoa, a software en...
  • AI in Games - Duration: 26 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    Today's interview is with the authors of the textbook Artificial Intelligence and Games.
  • game-theory - Duration: 24 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
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  • The Experimental Design of Paranormal Claims - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    In this episode of Data Skeptic, Kyle chats with Jerry Schwarz from the Independent Investigations Group (IIG)'s SF Bay Area chapter about testing claims of the paranormal. The IIG&n...
  • Winograd Schema Challenge - Duration: 37 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    Our guest this week, Hector Levesque, joins us to discuss an alternative way to measure a machine’s intelligence, called Winograd Schemas Challenge. The challenge was proposed as a possible al...
  • The Imitation Game - Duration: 1 hour.

    • 4 months ago
    This week on Data Skeptic, we begin with a skit to introduce the topic of this show: The Imitation Game. We open with a scene in the distant future. The year is 2027, and a company called Shamony i...
  • Eugene Goostman - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    In this episode, Kyle shares his perspective on the chatbot Eugene Goostman which (some claim) "passed" the Turing Test. As a second topic Kyle also does an intro of the Winograd Schema Challenge.
  • The Theory of Formal Languages - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    In this episode, Kyle and Linhda discuss the theory of formal languages. Any language can (theoretically) be a formal language. The requirement is that the language can be rigorously described as a...
  • The Loebner Prize - Duration: 33 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    The Loebner Prize is a competition in the spirit of the Turing Test.  Participants are welcome to submit conversational agent software to be judged by a panel of humans.  This episode inc...
  • Chatbots - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    In this episode, Kyle chats with Vince from iv.ai and Heather Shapiro who works on the Microsoft Bot Framework. We solicit their advice on building a good chatbot both creatively and technically.
  • The Master Algorithm - Duration: 46 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    In this week’s episode, Kyle Polich interviews Pedro Domingos about his book, The Master Algorithm: How the quest for the ultimate learning machine will remake our world. In the book, Domingos...
  • The No Free Lunch Theorems - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    What's the best machine learning algorithm to use? I hear that XGBoost wins most of the Kaggle competitions that aren't won with deep learning. Should I just use XGBoost all the time? That might wo...
  • ML at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Duration: 38 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    For a long time, physicians have recognized that the tools they have aren't powerful enough to treat complex diseases, like cancer. In addition to data science and models, clinicians also needed ac...
  • Optimal Decision Making with POMDPs - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    In a previous episode, we discussed Markov Decision Processes or MDPs, a framework for decision making and planning. This episode explores the generalization Partially Observable MDPs (POMDPs) whic...
  • AI Decision-Making - Duration: 43 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    Making a decision is a complex task. Today's guest Dongho Kim discusses how he and his team at Prowler has been building a platform that will be accessible by way of APIs and a set of pre-made scri...
  • [MINI] Reinforcement Learning - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    In many real world situations, a person/agent doesn't necessarily know their own objectives or the mechanics of the world they're interacting with. However, if the agent receives rewards which are ...
  • Evolutionary Computation - Duration: 24 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    In this week’s episode, Kyle is joined by Risto Miikkulainen, a professor of computer science and neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin. They talk about evolutionary computation, its ap...
  • [MINI] Markov Decision Processes - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    Formally, an MDP is defined as the tuple containing states, actions, the transition function, and the reward function. This podcast examines each of these and presents them in the context of simple...
  • Neuroscience Frontiers - Duration: 29 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    Last week on Data Skeptic, we visited the Laboratory of Neuroimaging, or LONI, at USC and learned about their data-driven platform that enables scientists from all over the world to share, transfor...
  • Neuroimaging and Big Data - Duration: 26 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    Last year, Kyle had a chance to visit the Laboratory of Neuroimaging, or LONI, at USC, and learn about how some researchers are using data science to study the function of the brain. We’re going to...
  • The Agent Model of Artificial Intelligence - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    In artificial intelligence, the term 'agent' is used to mean an autonomous, thinking agent with the ability to interact with their environment. An agent could be a person or a piece of software. In...
  • Artificial Intelligence a Podcast Approach - Duration: 33 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    This episode kicks off the next theme on Data Skeptic: artificial intelligence.  Kyle discusses what's to come for the show in 2018, why this topic is relevant, and how we intend to cover it.
  • Holiday reading 2017 - Duration: 12 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    We break format from our regular programming today and bring you an excerpt from Max Tegmark's book "Life 3.0".  The first chapter is a short story titled "The Tale of the Omega Team".  A...
  • Complexity and Cryptography - Duration: 35 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    This week, our host Kyle Polich is joined by guest Tim Henderson from Google to talk about the computational complexity foundations of modern cryptography and the complexity issues that underlie th...
  • Mercedes Benz Machine Learning Research - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    This episode features an interview with Rigel Smiroldo recorded at NIPS 2017 in Long Beach California.  We discuss data privacy, machine learning use cases, model deployment, and end-to-end ma...
  • [MINI] Parallel Algorithms - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    When computers became commodity hardware and storage became incredibly cheap, we entered the era of so-call "big" data. Most definitions of big data will include something about not being able to p...
  • Quantum Computing - Duration: 47 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    In this week's episode, Scott Aaronson, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, explains what a quantum computer is, various possible applications, the types of problems they are goo...
  • Azure Databricks - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    I sat down with Ali Ghodsi, CEO and found of Databricks, and John Chirapurath, GM for Data Platform Marketing at Microsoft related to the recent announcement of Azure Databricks.

    When I heard a...
  • [MINI] Exponential Time Algorithms - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    In this episode we discuss the complexity class of EXP-Time which contains algorithms which require $O(2^{p(n)})$ time to run.  In other words, the worst case runtime is exponential in some po...
  • P vs NP - Duration: 38 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    In this week's episode, host Kyle Polich interviews author Lance Fortnow about whether P will ever be equal to NP and solve all of life’s problems. Fortnow begins the discussion with the example qu...
  • Sudoku \in NP - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    Algorithms with similar runtimes are said to be in the same complexity class. That runtime is measured in the how many steps an algorithm takes relative to the input size.

    The class P contains ...
  • The Computational Complexity of Machine Learning - Duration: 47 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    In this episode, Professor Michael Kearns from the University of Pennsylvania joins host Kyle Polich to talk about the computational complexity of machine learning, complexity in game theory, and a...
  • Turing Machines - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    TMs are a model of computation at the heart of algorithmic analysis.  A Turing Machine has two components.  An infinitely long piece of tape (memory) with re-writable squares and a read/w...
  • The Complexity of Learning Neural Networks - Duration: 38 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    Over the past several years, we have seen many success stories in machine learning brought about by deep learning techniques. While the practical success of deep learning has been phenomenal, the f...
  • Big Oh Analysis - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    How long an algorithm takes to run depends on many factors including implementation details and hardware.  However, the formal analysis of algorithms focuses on how they will perform in the wo...
  • Data science tools and other announcements from Ignite - Duration: 31 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    In this episode, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Cloud Artificial Intelligence, Joseph Sirosh, joins host Kyle Polich to share some of the Microsoft's latest and most exciting innovations ...
  • Generative AI for Content Creation - Duration: 34 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    Last year, the film development and production company End Cue produced a short film, called Sunspring, that was entirely written by an artificial intelligence using neural networks. More spec...
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