AI and Us - what Artificial Intelligence means for our lives

Artificial intelligence is already controlling washing machines and translation assistants and helping doctors reach a diagnosis. It is changing our working lives and our leisure time. AI is making our lives easier and, ideally, even better! AI raises expectations, fears and hopes. And it involves risks. It’s all about personal autonomy and freedom, about security as well as sustainability and even global equity. AI between a promising future and a brave new world. Leading AI experts talk about their research field: What can AI already do? How does it learn? And will it outstrip us one day? Everything you need to know about artificial intelligence in a 10-part podcast by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/ai-and-us

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 12m. Bisher sind 11 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 2 hours 9 minutes

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How is AI changing our lives?


If AI is to be better utilised in medicine, the machines would have to be fed individual datasets. But especially with regard to health data, many people are hesitant. So, AI forces us to think about our relationship with data protection and with individuals’ rights.  In Episode 10 of “AI and Us”, we also ask whether we can and should leave moral decisions to an AI – in the company of Christian Becker-Asano, Martin Butz, Milica Gaši?, Tobias Matzner, Daniel Rückert and Aimée van Wynsberghe...


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episode 9: Can AI make the world a better place?


No technology is inherently all good or all bad. It depends how we use it. AI helps some global players to increase their turnover. In the service of autocratic regimes, it could monitor entire societies. But it can also be used to control power and water supplies more efficiently. That’s why we should agree whom AI is supposed to benefit and how it can be regulated...


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Will AI outstrip us?


Recently, an AI completed Ludwig van Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony. Experts and listeners were enthusiastic. Will AI soon outstrip us, at least in some fields? It is certainly indisputable that AI can process far, far more data than a human.  In Episode 8 of “AI and Us”, Humboldtians Martin Butz, Tobias Matzner and Daniel Rückert discuss whether it is conceivable that an AGI, an artificial general intelligence, will be developed in the foreseeable future...


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episode 7: Can AI be like us?


An AI that is so like us that we can’t tell it apart from a human being is a scary thought. The idea is sinister, but a long way from reality. At least, at the moment. Because today’s AI still has problems holding a targeted conversation. Even when AI is embedded in an artificial body it lacks the emotions and knowledge of the world to be able to behave as we do...


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episode 6: Can we rely on AI?


Time and again, AI hits the headlines for making mistakes. In some cases, they are very minor, and the consequences are not usually serious. But when fatal accidents are caused by AI-controlled, autonomous vehicles, confidence in artificial intelligence dwindles. Can we rely on AI?  In Episode 6 of “AI and Us”, we explore the tests and examinations artificial intelligence has to undergo before being used in the health service, for example, or in a self-driving car...


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 2022-04-18  13m
 
 

episode 5: How does AI think?


Essentially, artificial neural networks are based on the human brain. Artificial neurons “fire” and respond to stimuli. But unlike us, AI has no understanding of the world. It can’t explain the meaning of its “perceptions”, i.e., the “input”. And it doesn’t have an emotional relationship with the world either...


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 2022-04-12  12m
 
 

episode 4: Do we know what AI is doing?


Banks get computer programmes to assess whether their clients are credit worthy. Computer software helps to select personnel. How and why the AI makes an assessment or recommendation is, however, often not transparent. When it comes to artificial neural networks, even experts can’t unscramble what’s going on inside the black box and how the AI comes to its conclusions...


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 2022-04-04  12m
 
 

How do machines learn?


In 2016, the South Korean Go player Lee Sedol lost four out of five matches against the computer programme AlphaGo. The 37th move of the second meeting is regarded as a milestone in machine learning – because the AI applied its knowledge creatively and amazed the community with an unprecedented move. But how exactly do machines learn?  In Episode 3 of “AI and Us”, we investigate the difference between classic AI and self-learning machines...


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 2022-03-25  14m
 
 

episode 2: Where does AI kick in?


Voice assistants like Siri or Alexa know where the nearest Italian restaurant is. But are they really intelligent? In Episode 2, “AI and Us” looks at the history of artificial intelligence: Eliza, the world’s first chatbot, was a sensation in the 1960s and was even supposed to be used in psychotherapy. But even today, machines still have difficulty holding a meaningful conversation...


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 2022-03-21  13m
 
 

episode 1: How is AI benefitting us today


In medicine, artificial intelligence is an important aid. Amongst other things, it helps to identify tumours. AI quickly and reliably translates from foreign languages, but not from all of them. On the internet, algorithms determine our image of reality...


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 2022-03-14  11m
 
 
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