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Talking Machines is your window into the world of machine learning. Your hosts, Katherine Gorman and Neil Lawrence, bring you clear conversations with experts in the field, insightful discussions of industry news, and useful answers to your questions. Machine learning is changing the questions we can ask of the world around us, here we explore how to ask the best questions and what to do with the answers.

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Talking Machines is your window into the world of machine learning. Your hosts, Katherine Gorman and Neil Lawrence, bring you clear conversations with experts in the field, insightful discussions of industry news, and useful answers to your questions. Machine learning is changing the questions we can ask of the world around us, here we explore how to ask the best questions and what to do with the answers.

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Frequent Deep Dives

By Toby Patterson - Aug 25 2016
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This is the most in-depth podcast on machine learning to date.

Fantastic show

By 01001011 01100110 - Jun 11 2016
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Gives insight not only to the new tech but the ideas behind machine learning and how it works.

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132 Ratings
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105
12
6
5
4

Frequent Deep Dives

By Toby Patterson - Aug 25 2016
Read more
This is the most in-depth podcast on machine learning to date.

Fantastic show

By 01001011 01100110 - Jun 11 2016
Read more
Gives insight not only to the new tech but the ideas behind machine learning and how it works.
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Talking Machines

Latest release on Jun 13, 2020

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Talking Machines is your window into the world of machine learning. Your hosts, Katherine Gorman and Neil Lawrence, bring you clear conversations with experts in the field, insightful discussions of industry news, and useful answers to your questions. Machine learning is changing the questions we can ask of the world around us, here we explore how to ask the best questions and what to do with the answers.

Rank #1: Debating Project Debater and Hello NeurIPS

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In our last episode for season five Katherine and Neil debate his debating project debater and talk about whats coming up at NeurIPS. Hope to see you there!

Nov 21 2019

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Rank #2: Common Sense Problems and Learning about Machine Learning

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On episode three of Talking Machines we sit down with Kevin Murphy who is currently a research scientist at Google. We talk with him about the work he’s doing there on the Knowledge Vault, his textbook, Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective (and its arch nemesis which we won’t link to), and how to learn about machine learning (Metacademy is a great place to start). We tackle a listener question about the dream of a one step solution to strong Artificial Intelligence and if Deep Neural Networks might be it. Plus, Ryan introduces us to a new way of thinking about questions in machine learning from Yoshua Bengio’s Lab at the University of Montreal out lined in their new paper, Identifying and attacking the saddle point problem in high-dimensional non-convex optimization, and Katherine brings up Facebook’s release of open source machine learning tools and we talk about what it might mean. If you want to explore some open source tools for machine learning we also recommend giving these a try:Super big list of ML Open Source Projects! Torch Gaussian Process Machine Learning ToolboxPyMCMalletStanWekaTheanoCaffeSpearmint

Jan 29 2015

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Rank #3: Gaussian Processes, Grad School, and Richard Zemel

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Aug 23 2018

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Rank #4: The Deep End of Deep Learning

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In this episode as we prep for ICLR we take a break from our usual format to bring you a talk from Hugo LaRochelle at TedX Boston on Deep Learning.

Apr 25 2019

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Rank #5: The Pace of Change and The Public View of ML

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In episode ten of season three we talk about the rate of change (prompted by Tim Harford), take a listener question about the power of kernels, and talk with Peter Donnelly in his capacity with the Royal Society's Machine Learning Working Group about the work they've done on the public's views on AI and ML.

Oct 05 2017

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Rank #6: Eric Lander and Restricted Boltzmann Machines

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In episode sixteen of season two, we get an introduction to Restricted Boltzmann Machines, we take a listener question about tuning hyperparameters,  plus we talk with Eric Lander of the Broad Institute.

Aug 18 2016

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Rank #7: Using Models in the Wild and Women in Machine Learning

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In episode four we talk with Hanna Wallach, of Microsoft Research. She's also a professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst and one of the founders of Women in Machine Learning (better known as WiML). We take a listener question about scalability and the size of data sets. And Ryan takes us through topic modeling using Latent Dirichlet allocation (say that five times fast).

Feb 12 2015

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Rank #8: Explainability and the Inexplicable

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In episode six of season four we chat about AI and religion, we take a listener question about personal bias checking and we hear from Been Kim of Google Brain.

Apr 19 2018

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Rank #9: The Bezos Paradox and Machine Learning Languages

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In episode two of season five we unpack the Bezos Paradox (TM Neil Lawrence) take a listener question about best papers and chat with Dougal Maclaurin of Google Brain.

Feb 01 2019

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Rank #10: De-Enchanting AI with the Law

Nov 07 2019

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Rank #11: Getting a Start in ML and Applied AI at Facebook

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In episode five of season three we compare and contrast AI and data science, take a listener question about getting started in machine learning, and listen to an interview with Joaquin Quiñonero Candela.

For a great place to get started with foundational ideas in ML, take a look at Andrew Ng’s course on Coursera. Then check out Daphne Kohler’s course.


Talking Machines is now working with Midroll to source and organize sponsors for our show. In order find sponsors who are a good fit for us, and of worth to you, we’re surveying our listeners.

If you’d like to help us get a better idea of who makes up the Talking Machines community take the survey at http://podsurvey.com/MACHINES.

Jul 13 2017

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Rank #12: Machine Learning and Society

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Episode seven of season two is a little different than our usual episodes, Ryan and Katherine just returned from a conference where they got to talk with Neil Lawrence of the University of Sheffield about some of the larger issues surrounding machine learning and society. They discuss anthropomorphic intelligence, data ownership, and the ability to empathize. The entire episode is given over to this conversation in hopes that it will spur more discussion of these important issues as the field continues to grow.

Apr 08 2016

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Rank #13: Jupyter Notebooks and Modern Model Distribution

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In episode four of season five we talk about Jupyter Notebooks and Neil's dream of a world craft software and devices, we take a listener question about the conversation surrounding Open AI's GPT-2 its announcement and the coverage and we hear an interview with Brooks Paige of the Alan Turing Instiute

Feb 28 2019

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Rank #14: OpenAI and Gaussian Processes

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In episode two of season two Ryan introduces us to Gaussian processes, we take a listener question on K-means. Plus, we talk with Ilya Sutskever the director of research for OpenAI. (For more from Ilya, you can listen to our season one interview with him.)

Jan 28 2016

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Rank #15: ANGLICAN and Probabilistic Programming

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In episode seventeen of season two we get an introduction to Min Hashing, talk with Frank Wood the creator of ANGLICAN, about probabilistic programming and his new company, INVREA, and take a listener question about how to choose an architecture when using a neural network.

Sep 01 2016

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Rank #16: Not What But Why

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In this episode of Talking Machines we take a listen to Professor Engelhardt's TedX Boston talk, Not What But Why: Machine Learning for Understanding Genomics

Aug 15 2019

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Rank #17: Good Data Practice Rules

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In episode five of season four we talk about the GDPR or as we like to think of it Good Data Practice Rules. (If you actually read it, you move to expert level!) We take a listener question about the power of approximate inference, and we hear from our guest Andrew Blake of The Alan Turing Institute.

Apr 05 2018

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Rank #18: The Long View and Learning in Person

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In episode nine of season three we chat about the difference between models and algorithms, take a listener question about summer schools and learning in person as opposed to learning digitally, and we chat with John Quinn of the United Nations Global Pulse lab in Kampala, Uganda and Makerere University's Artificial Intelligence Research group.

Sep 21 2017

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Rank #19: Spark and ICML

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In episode eleven of season two, we talk about the machine learning toolkit  Spark, we take a listener question about the differences between NIPS and ICML conferences, plus we talk with Sinead Williamson of The University of Texas at Austin.

Jun 02 2016

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Rank #20: The Automatic Statistician and Electrified Meat

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In episode seven of Talking Machines we talk with Zoubin Ghahramani, professor of Information Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. His project, The Automatic Statistician, aims to use machine learning to take raw data and give you statistical reports and natural languages summaries of what trends that data shows. We get really hungry exploring Bayesian Non-parametrics through the stories of the Chinese Restaurant Process and the Indian Buffet Process (but remember, there’s no free lunch). Plus we take a listener question about how much we should rely on ourselves and our ideas about what intelligence in electrified meat looks like when we try to build machine intelligences.

Mar 26 2015

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Let's Reflect

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We're not bringing you an episode this week. We're taking some time to think about the systems we take part in and how those perpetuate anti black racism and the effects of that on the work in this field. We'd like to bring you meaningful conversations around those systems and how we can change them and ourselves.  We encourage everyone to explore the amazing work of Black in AI, Data Science Africa and Shut Down STEM. 


Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, and stay tuned.

Jun 13 2020

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Predicting Floods and Really Doing Good

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In this episode of Talking Machines we talk with Sella Nevo of Google Research about the Google Flood Forecasting Project, what they've been doing, and what is means to really move the needle on AI for Good. 

May 29 2020

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ICLR: accessible, inclusive, virtual

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In episode eight of season six we talk with Alexander Rush and Shakir Mohamed about their work on ICLR this year which was first to take place in Ethiopia and then became totally virtual! 

May 14 2020

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Humans in the Loop and Outside of the Classroom

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In episode seven of season six we talk with Michael Littman about his work in reinforcement learning, on scientific communication, and in the classroom. 

May 01 2020

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The Evolution of ML and Furry Little Animals

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In episode six of season six we chat with Professor Terry Sejnowski about his work, the evolution of the field, and the development of the NeurIPS conference. We taped this episode live and took questions from the audience. Want to join our "studio audience"? Check out @tlkngmchns on Twitter.

Apr 16 2020

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Talking Machines Live and Understanding Modeling Viruses

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Episode five of season six is our first live episode! We talk with Elaine Nsoesie of Boston University about modeling disease and Covid 19 in the African context. plus we take listen questions live! Want to join our "studio audience" check out our twitter feed for how to sign up! 

Apr 03 2020

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Prioritizing Problems and 100 episodes

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Episode four of season six is our 100th episode! (Well it's Katherine's). We take a break from our regular format for Neil and Katherine to chat about the current situation around Covid-19, understanding exponentials, and what impact this might have on how problems get prioritized. 

Mar 20 2020

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The Great AI Fallacy

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In this episode we talk about the Great AI Fallacy, take a listener question about Federated Learning, and catch up with Ross Goodwin and Oscar Sharp 

Mar 05 2020

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If a Machine Could Predict Your Death, Should it?

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in episode two of season six we hear Ziad Obermeyer's talk from TedX Boston entitled If a Machine Could Predict Your Death, Should it?

Feb 20 2020

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Predicting the Decade and Distributing Conferences

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In episode one of season six we make some predictions about what will happen in the field in the next decade and talk with Margot Gerritsen about her work and WiDS  You can listen to the WiDS podcast here!

Feb 06 2020

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Debating Project Debater and Hello NeurIPS

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In our last episode for season five Katherine and Neil debate his debating project debater and talk about whats coming up at NeurIPS. Hope to see you there!

Nov 21 2019

41mins

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De-Enchanting AI with the Law

Nov 07 2019

20mins

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How to Ask an Actionable Question

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In Episode 21 of Season five we sit down with Marzyeh Ghassemi to talk about her work and how she's refined her focus.

Oct 25 2019

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Children are the Future and Ada Lovelace Day

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In episode twenty of season five we talk with Neil about a discussion he had about the impact of ML tools on children talk about the new Diversity Dashboard from the Turing Institute in response to a question about cool things for Ada Lovelace day plus we sit down with Corinna Cortes of Google AI

Oct 10 2019

54mins

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News from Neil and Updates from DALI

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In episode eighteen of season five we talk about DALI, get some big news about the next thing for Neil and talk with Benjamin Akera.

Sep 26 2019

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A Cooperative Path to Artificial Intelligence

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In episode eighteen of season five we hear Michael Littman's talk A Cooperative Path to Artificial Intelligence

Sep 13 2019

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What Does Red Sound Like

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In episode seventeen of season five we talk about Why Red Doesn't Sound Like a Bell, take a listener question about our Turing brackets (and Invent the Very Good Sort Awards) and listen to a chat with Tewodros Abebe

Aug 30 2019

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Not What But Why

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In this episode of Talking Machines we take a listen to Professor Engelhardt's TedX Boston talk, Not What But Why: Machine Learning for Understanding Genomics

Aug 15 2019

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Idea Pandemics and Workshop Walkthrough

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in episode 15 of season five of Talking Machines we' chat about the recently announced workshops at NeurIPS 2019, find ourselves in the middle of an I Love Lucy Episode about technical term usage and talk with Randy Goebel of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

Aug 01 2019

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PosterSession.ai and Deep Quaggles

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In episode 14 of season five we talk about On the marginal likelihood and cross-validation, Katherine is STILL excited about PosterSession.ai, we invent Deep Quaggles and listen to a conversation with professor Elaine Nsoesie of BU

Jul 18 2019

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iTunes Ratings

132 Ratings
Average Ratings
105
12
6
5
4

Frequent Deep Dives

By Toby Patterson - Aug 25 2016
Read more
This is the most in-depth podcast on machine learning to date.

Fantastic show

By 01001011 01100110 - Jun 11 2016
Read more
Gives insight not only to the new tech but the ideas behind machine learning and how it works.