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Mar 21, 2020

This has been a wild few weeks: COVID-19 has spread around the world, people are getting shelter in place orders, and the markets are reacting violently to the news. Last October, we recorded an episode predicting this bubble would pop soon. Here, we explain why we saw that coming and how you can educate yourself to be prepared for what's coming next.

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Episode 87: The Coming Crash of Tech Bubble 2.0

Dao of Capital, Mark Spitznagel

Incerto, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The (Mis)behavior of Markets, Benoit Mandelbrot

Choice, Bob Murphy

Human Action, Ludwig von Mises

Mystery of Banking, Murray Rothbard

Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles, Jesus Huerta de Soto

Big Debt Crisis, Ray Dalio

Mastering the Market Cycle, Howard Marks

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Mar 19, 2020

We talk with CEO and founder of Spell, Serkan Piantino. Spell is a New York-based startup that is making AI better and easier for everyone involved by automating your experiments, deployment, and resources. We discuss his past experience at Facebook and get his thoughts on the future development of the field.

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Spell

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Mar 2, 2020

The coronavirus is inescapable - at least if you're watching the news. It is spreading around the world and worrying travelers, markets, and governments. Advances in machine learning, however, may help combat the spread and potentially offer paths towards a cure. We dig into the coronavirus mayhem and try to find AI's role in the mess.

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Death by Regulation: How we're Robbed of a Golden Age of Health

An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus

How AI is Battling the Coronavirus Outbreak

Two Groups use AI to find Compounds that Could Fight the Coronavirus

Artificial Intelligence Could Fight a Future Corona Virus

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Feb 17, 2020

Fresh off a decisive debate victory over Martin Ford, Antony and I discuss the debate, future of work, and some of the great things about an automated society. Also, Antony issues the challenge to others (*Andrew Yang*) who want to debate the topic of automation and AI's impact on jobs.

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Universal Basic Income: For and Against

SOHO Forum Debate: Will Robots Cause Mass Unemployment?

Ep 94: The AI Future is Bright!

Ep 78: UBI with Antony Sammeroff

Procrastination Annihilation

Be Yourself and Love It

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Feb 10, 2020

A recent NIST study investigates the bias in many commercially available facial-recognition algorithms. They results provide very interesting findings that challenge the dominant narrative surrounding AI and bias.

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NIST Face Vendor Recognition Test

The Critics Were Wrong: NIST Data Shows that the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms Are Neither Racist Nor Sexist

77: The State and Facial Recognition

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Jan 7, 2020

A new decade is upon us, but the future of AI and work is still being debated. We review a recent debate in New York between Antony Sammeroff and Martin Ford on whether or not we should prepare for a coming jobs apocalypse.

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Ep 78: UBI with Antony Sammeroff

Ep 54: The Local Maximum with Max Sklar

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Dec 9, 2019

The AI hype train rolls on through 2019 with trumpeted breakthrough's in autonomous vehicles, natural language processing, robotics, and more. We take a look at some of the most outlandish stories and reports of the year to try to bring some balance and much-needed nuance to the discussion of AI development.

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Magic Leap Glasses: Funding Woes and Staff Exits

The Economist Interviews GPT-2

Episode 87: The Coming Crash of Tech Bubble 2.0

Episode 31: The Magic Leap of AI Investment

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Dec 2, 2019

Renaissance Technology has returned an incredible amount of cash to its investors over the years - far outperforming all other hedge funds in the industry. Their secret has been the early adoption of machine learning and hiring talents from IBM and elsewhere with computer science and mathematical backgrounds to build algorithms to beat the market.

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The Man Who Solved the Market

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Nov 18, 2019

Whether Epstein killed himself or not, his death has brought a number of AI companies focused on data collection and predictive policing to the public's attention. He was an investor in Carbyne911 - an Israeli company offering next gen 911 response technology that also collects all of the data on your phone. Carbyne911 isn't alone in this as Palantir has been piloting predictive policing efforts in major cities around the US and the attorney general has stepped up his calls for this new technology.

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Barr's Orwellian Pre-Crime Program

Can 'predictive policing' prevent crime before it happens?

 

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Nov 11, 2019

You could get thousands of dollars for your face being used in a data set published by the University of Washington to train facial recognition algorithms. MegaFace is the data set in question, which was put together by Yahoo and Flickr in 2014 before being used by UW (with some changes) in a facial recognition competition. Now a lawsuit is being brought forward under an old Illinois privacy law to go after the companies who took part in this.

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How Photos of Your Kids Are Powering Surveillance Technology

Episode 80: Data Privacy with Peter Klein

Episode 77: The State of Facial Recognition

Elon Musk and David Einhorn Fraud Accusation 

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Nov 4, 2019

OpenAI recently announced a new achievement, solving a Rubik's Cube with a one-handed robot using reinforcement learning! After all of the fanfare, a lot of people are pushing back on their paper and results, arguing that the claims are highly misleading.

On top of that we talk about Tesla's recent return to profitability and reveal a new change to the show!

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OpenAI  Solving a Rubik's Cube

Episode 84: OpenAI's Emergent Agents

Episode 58: Beaten at our Own Games

Gary Marcus' Response

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Oct 14, 2019

2019 has been the worst year for IPO's and more companies that rely on technology and AI have been struggling. Is this the coming of AI Winter III and the end of the tech bubble? What can you do if you're working as a data scientist or machine learning engineer to protect yourself?

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2019 Tesla Crash Compilation

75: Tesla's Autonomy Day

49: Tesla's New Discovery - Humans are Underrated

31: The Magic Leap of AI Investment

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Oct 7, 2019

Siraj Raval, a prominent YouTuber and AI educator has come under fire for allegedly plagiarizing code across his popular YouTube channel and on a course that he offered through the AI School. Siraj isn't alone in this. Many AI "gurus" lack the technical competency to teach what they claim. More importantly though, what does this incident and the rise of alternative educational platforms mean about the existing educational system?

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YouTuber charged loads of fans $199 for shoddy machine-learning course that copy-pasted other people's GitHub code

Case Against Education

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Sep 30, 2019

Facebook's digital currency announcement has been met with a myriad of responses ranging from the euphoric to apocalyptic. We discuss Libra, what it is, how it's different from Bitcoin, and what it means from a monetary policy perspective.

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Bitcoin White Paper

Libra White Paper

Exorbitant Privilege

Cryptocurrency

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Sep 28, 2019

OpenAI has published a great blog showing the development of complex strategies from their RL agents while playing hide-and-seek. We talk about what was achieved as well as the state of current RL research and, more importantly, applications.

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Emergent Tool Use from Multi-Agent Interaction

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Sep 16, 2019

The US and China have been locked in an epic struggle for AI dominance - whatever that may mean. Kai-Fu Lee's latest book, AI Superpowers provides a unique look at the development of AI from a Chinese perspective. Additionally, a recent report attempts to quantify the development of AI for China, the United States, and the European Union to measure who is really ahead.

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AI and Superpowered Economic Errors

AI Superpowers

Who is Winning the AI Race?

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Sep 11, 2019

A British energy firm lost about $240k due to an AI system imitating a managing director in the company. The fraudsters instructed a lower level employee to transfer funds to a Hungarian account after mimicking their boss' voice, intonation, and even his German accent with the tech. Should we be worried?

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An AI first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft

Episode 20: Zuck and Musk and the Future of AI

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Learn Austrian Economics!

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Sep 4, 2019

This past week in Shanghai, Elon Musk and Jack Ma shared the debate stage to discuss the future of artificial intelligence. Jobs, Mars, simulation theory, and the end of the world were all discussed. 

 

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Ma and Musk Debate 

Bostrom's Simulation Argument

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Sep 1, 2019

There has been increasing scrutiny on the big tech firms as of late - Amazon, Facebook, and Google in particular - regarding their handling of data. Additionally, there have been calls to break these companies up because of fear of their monopoly power. We take a look at these claims this week with Dr. Peter Klein of Baylor University.

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Dr. Klein's homepage and Twitter

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Aug 18, 2019

DeepMind loses $572 million dollars last year, giving them a running three year total of over $1 billion in losses. With no clear path to profitability, what does this mean for the future of one of the most high-profile companies in the AI space?

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Reinforcement Learning is Wrong for your Business

American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It

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Jun 17, 2019

Facial recognition technology is growing more and more pervasive around the world. This has led to adoption by companies for security, but also by governments for the purposes of policing and controlling. We look at recent stories from London, China, and San Francisco to discuss some troubling trends.

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Police Stop People for Covering their Faces

Facial Recognition Wrongly Identifies Public as Potential Criminals 96% of Time, Figures Reveal

Artificial Intelligence has been Weaponized in China

US Firms are Helping Build China's Orwellian State

China Is Using Facial Recognition to Track Ethnic Minorities, Even in Beijing

San Francisco Bans Agency Use of Facial-Recognition Technology

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Jun 1, 2019

Andrew Yang's presidential campaign has helped make UBI an ubiquitous term. His motivation is driven by automation and job displacement by developments in AI. Here, we look at why UBI is more problematic than anything and that Yang's assumptions are built on faulty ground.

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