Cover image of Jacob Ward

Jacob Ward

17 Podcast Episodes

Latest 28 Jan 2023 | Updated Daily

Episode artwork

FBL67: Jacob Ward - How AI Shapes Our Choices & Bad Habits

The Feedback Loop by Singularity

This week our guest is NBC technology correspondent, Jacob Ward, who recently released his book, The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back. In this episode we focus broadly on the ways in which technology and AI are learning from the worst instincts of human beings, and then using those bad behaviors to shape our future choices. As a result, Jacob suggests this creates feedback loops of increasingly limited and increasingly short-sighted behavior. This conversation includes exploring topics such as big data, bad incentives for programmers, profit motives, historical bias reflected in data, system 1 vs system 2 thinking, and much more.  Find out more about Jacob at jacobward.com or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/byjacobward ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali


15 Aug 2022

Episode artwork

Jacob Ward on "Tavis Smiley"

Tavis Smiley

Jacob Ward - Science and technology journalist, on-air NBC News correspondent, and author of his new book “The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back.” He joins Tavis to unpack his book which “takes us on a world tour of the ongoing, real-world experiment of artificial intelligence and illuminates the dangers of writing dangerous human habits into our machines.” (Hour 3)


12 Jul 2022

Similar People

Episode artwork

Debiasing AI and Machine Learning With Journalist Jacob Ward and Kathy Baxter, Architect of Ethical AI Practice, Salesforce

IT Visionaries

As we train computers to complete repetitive tasks for us automatically, we need to be keenly aware of the biases we may be subconsciously programming. So, what questions should we be asking as consumers and employees in a world augmented by computer assistance? The Principle Architect of Ethical AI Practice at Salesforce, Kathy Baxter, and journalist Jacob Ward give guidance on creating a responsible AI ecosystem that prioritizes safety, privacy, and equality. This episode was published first by Blazing Trails, our sister podcast over at Salesforce, hosted by Michael Rivo.Tune in to learn:How is AI changing the way that we think? (3:41)How are companies changing the way they think about the ethics of AI? (8:06)Whose responsibility is it to regulate the ethics of AI? (11:25)What is the current regulatory landscape for AI? (16:07)How should employees think about correcting bias in AI? (19:07)How can you build AI ethical awareness into your organization? (27:03)How are we using AI to help the environment? (35:15)Mentions:The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight BackSalesforce AI Ethics ModelBenioff Ocean InitiativeOECD AI PrinciplesIT Visionaries is brought to you by Salesforce Platform. If you love the thought leadership on this podcast, Salesforce has even more meaty IT thoughts to chew on. Take your company to the next level with in-depth research and trends right in your inbox. Subscribe to a newsletter tailored to your role at Salesforce.com/newsletter.Mission.org is a media studio producing content for world-class clients. Learn more at mission.org.


17 May 2022

Episode artwork

Artificial Intelligence and its Perils with Jacob Ward


Artificial Intelligence algorithms are increasingly being used to make decisions for us. But, as NBC technology correspondent Jacob Ward argues, these are not necessarily the ones we want to perpetuate. Preying upon our brains' evolved shortcuts, biases, and hidden processes, they are becoming ever harder to escape.For this episode, David Priess spoke with Ward--author of the new book The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World Without Choices and How To Fight Back--about artificial intelligence and much more. They discussed Ward's previous roles as editor in chief of Popular Science magazine and as host of the PBS mini-series Hacking Your Mind, the importance of social psychology to many fields of study, the development of automated pattern-recognition systems that ultimately reduce human agency and choice, the ethics of working on algorithms without knowing their end uses, the challenges for reporters working on AI and related technologies, and how movies from Minority Report to Star Wars to WALL-E capture elements of AI.Chatter is a production of Lawfare and Goat Rodeo. This episode was produced and edited by Cara Shillenn of Goat Rodeo. Podcast theme by David Priess, featuring music created using Groovepad.Works discussed in this episode:Popular Science magazine’s announcement of its comments policy change (2013)Hacking Your Mind PBS miniseries (2020)The Loop by Jacob WardMovies mentioned include Minority Report, the Star Wars franchise, and WALL-E. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 34mins

14 Apr 2022

Most Popular

Episode artwork

Debiasing AI: Training Machines for Good with Jacob Ward and Kathy Baxter

Blazing Trails

Artificial Intelligence is all around us, shaping our world and experience, sometimes undetected. Inherent biases in machine learning have become apparent. Now is the time for proactive thinking, planning, and directing this useful tool for the good of society, rather than for the bad. Author Jacob Ward along with Kathy Baxter, Principal Architect of Ethical AI Practice at Salesforce, join Michael Rivo in this critical conversation around debiasing AI and ensuring it has a positive impact on our lives and world. Mentions: The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight BackSalesforce AI Ethics ModelBenioff Ocean InitiativeOECD AI Principles


6 Apr 2022

Episode artwork

Decision Making With Jacob Ward

POSTHOC Digital Salon With Susan MacTavish Best

Susan talks with Jacob Ward, author of “The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World without Choices and How to Fight Back” about how unconscious instincts drive our decision making process. This salon is part of a series we are producing with healthcare company GALILEO.  Who's Galileo? Many of you have met Galileo's founder Tom Lee at past salons. Galileo is a modern medical group operating across all 50 states, designed to improve the quality and affordability of care for diverse and complex populations. Galileo was founded by Tom Lee, MD, the physician and pioneer behind One Medical and Epocrates.


23 Mar 2022

Episode artwork

Jacob Ward on Artificial Intelligence and Its Threat to Humanity

Keen On

In this episode of “Keen On”, Andrew is joined by Jacob Ward, the author of “The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back”. Jacob Ward is an American science and technology journalist. He works at NBC as a technology correspondent. Previously, before joining NBC, journalist Ward worked at Al Jazeera America and Al Jazeera English as a science and technology correspondent. Visit our website: https://lithub.com/story-type/keen-on/ Email Andrew: a.keen@me.com Watch the show live on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajkeen Watch the show live on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ankeen/ Watch the show live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lithub Watch the show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LiteraryHub/videos Subscribe to Andrew’s newsletter: https://andrew2ec.substack.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


3 Feb 2022

Episode artwork

NBC's Jacob Ward: How Technology Shapes Our Thinking and Decisions

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

For nearly five years, NBC News technology correspondent Jacob Ward has reported on the unanticipated consequences of science and technology on our lives. His new book, The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back, builds on this work by exploring the ways artificial intelligence is beginning to curate our choices for us, and how capitalism packages those choices for our unconscious acceptance. The consequences for individuals and our society from this unseen "loop" are tremendous, and growing every day.Artificial intelligence is changing the world as we know it. But the real danger isn't some movie-style robot that's going to enslave us; it's actually our own brains that are being re-shaped by technology, according to Ward. He explores how our brains are constantly making decisions using shortcuts, biases, and hidden processes using technology built to reinforce those very same processes. In short, he says it is a feedback loop—that magnifies our worst instincts so that we have fewer choices, leading to a potentially dangerous future.At this important talk, Ward will discuss how our brains make decisions and how artificial intelligence in such areas of policing, entertainment, parenting, the military and more are shaped by algorithms, and then how patterns of behaviors are shaped further by those very algorithms, creating patterns that organize and manipulate our lives., often without us even knowing it. Please join us as we question the on-going impact of the machines that humans created.SPEAKERSJacob WardTechnology Correspondent, NBC News; Author, The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight BackDJ PatilFormer U.S. Chief Data Scientist; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—ModeratorIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on January 27th, 2022 by the Commonwealth Club of California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

2 Feb 2022

Episode artwork

Jacob Ward: Tech companies are ‘trying to reprogram your brain’

The Chuck ToddCast: Meet the Press

Jacob Ward, technology correspondent for NBC News and the author of a new book, “The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back,” joins Chuck to talk about artificial intelligence and the push to regulate tech companies. 


28 Jan 2022

Episode artwork

The Law After Sin Brother Jacob Ward

Brooks Blvd Godcast Along W/Alex & Jeff

If there are questions regards to any of my lessons I have taught please refer to my Email addressjacobward2@att.net


29 Jun 2021