Episodes

6 episodes
  • Ep. 1: Origins of Artificial Intelligence

    May 2 2019

    What do we mean when we say Artificial Intelligence? Geoff White (The Dark Web) kicks off with a look at what AI is, and what it isn’t. We learn how AI emerged as part of the Second World War arms race. Given its military origins, how might AI affect conflict in the near future?

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    24 mins
  • Ep. 2: The Machines Are Coming for Your Jobs

    May 2 2019

    What happens to people whose jobs will be taken over by AI? Journalist Geoff White asks if our increased reliance on computers is leading us on a path towards increased unemployment, poverty and social inequality. Some experts predict that AI innovations will evoke a golden age of new career opportunities, but what happens when an algorithm decides who gets the jobs?

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    21 mins
  • Ep. 3: Health

    May 2 2019

    Technology journalist Geoff White reveals some of the fascinating real-world uses of AI that are already being applied to improve our health. Physical and mental health alike, AI technologies are helping researchers to make big improvements to medical diagnosis and treatment. But should code ever be trusted with life and death decisions?

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    17 mins
  • Ep. 4: Broken News - AI in Journalism

    May 2 2019

    Algorithmically generated news is already here. Geoff White asks if allowing computers to exert more control over the information we see will mean more fake news, which can spread even faster than if stories are written, or curated, by humans. Can we trust journalism that is generated by machines, and who is really pulling the strings?

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    23 mins
  • Ep. 5: Computer Generated Arts

    May 2 2019

    From high art to Hollywood, artistic expression has traditionally been synonymous with capturing what it means to be human. But is it possible to create art without people? Geoff White asks if unfeeling computers can create poems, novels, movies, TV shows, paintings and songs that stir the soul? Or should researchers goal be to build feeling into the AI creators of the future?

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    19 mins
  • Ep. 6: Real Money, Artificial Banking

    May 2 2019

    Algorithmic trading is already one of the biggest and most profitable uses of artificial intelligence. AI can monitor markets and make decisions to buy or sell stocks at speeds no human can match, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for its owners in the process. But, such is our reliance on these systems, that any problems could have very real consequences for the economy and society. Technology journalist Geoff White asks if there is a limit to just how intelligent this technology can get and what this means for the future of humanity?

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    20 mins