Eye On A.I.
Eye On A.I.
Craig S. Smith
Eye on A.I. is a biweekly podcast, hosted by longtime New York Times correspondent Craig S. Smith. In each episode, Craig will talk to people making a difference in artificial intelligence. The podcast aims to put incremental advances into a broader context and consider the global implications of the developing technology. AI is about to change your world, so pay attention.
#189 Rahul Sonwalkar: The Future of Programming, AI-Powered Code Generation with Julius AI
This episode is sponsored by TrialKey.ai, the market leader AI-driven clinical trial design optimization, and predictor that improves trial design and execution. With over 90% accuracy based on precision/recall, TrialKey.ai predicts the success of clinical trials more precisely than any other tool on the market.  Maximize clinical trial success while minimizing costs – book a demo at https://trialkey.ai/ or sign up for free!  In this episode of the Eye on AI podcast, join us as we sit down with Rahul Sonwalkar, founder and CEO of Julius AI, a cutting-edge platform revolutionizing data analysis through AI-powered code generation. Rahul shares his inspiring journey from learning to code in high school to founding Julius AI, a tool that helps users analyze datasets, create visualizations, and gain insights using natural language. With over half a million users in just eight months, Julius AI is transforming the way we approach data science and coding. Discover the challenges and solutions in AI code generation, as Rahul delves into the complexities of building an AI-native product focused on accuracy. Learn how Julius AI uses a mixture of models and error recovery processes to provide reliable code generation and execution. Explore real-world use cases of Julius AI, from financial analysis and biostatistics to web scraping and beyond. Rahul also shares the future vision of programming with AI, where everyone can become a programmer using simple English commands. Tune in to understand how Julius AI is setting itself apart from competitors like Microsoft's Copilot and other AI coding tools by prioritizing user-focused problem-solving and community engagement. Rahul's insights into the future of AI programming and the expansion plans for Julius AI are not to be missed. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and hit the notification bell for more insights into the groundbreaking technologies driving the AI revolution. Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI (00:00) Preview and Introduction to Julius AI (04:18) Rahul's Background and Journey (10:34) Development and Vision for Julius AI (14:37) Challenges in AI Code Generation (17:07) Acquiring Users and Community Building (19:29) Solving the Code Generation Problem (23:33) How Julius AI Works (33:19) Range of Tasks and Use Cases (36:02) Comparison with Competitors (39:49) AI Native Products vs. Integrations (44:03) Julius AI's Business Model (44:23) Live Demo of Julius AI (48:14) Success Stories and User Examples (51:43) Julius AI's Future Plans and New Features (54:54) Translating Complex Documents with AI (56:09) Optimism for the Future of AI Programming
May 24
59 min
#188 Edward Balassanian: The Evolution of AI Music
This episode is sponsored by Vanta, The security and compliance platform trusted by more than 7,000 customers.With Vanta, you can unify your security program management with a built-in risk register and reporting, and proactively manage security reviews with AI-powered security questionnaires. Listeners get $1,000 off Vanta at vanta.com/eyeonai   In this episode of the Eye on AI podcast, join us for an insightful conversation with Edward Balassanian, CEO and founder of Aimi, a trailblazer in the realm of generative AI music. Edward takes us through his fascinating journey from engineering and computer science to pioneering a platform that transforms music into a dynamic, interactive service. Aimi’s innovative approach to AI-generated music is redefining the industry by enabling both amateurs and professionals to create high-quality, customized music. Discover the technical and legal challenges unique to the AI music space, and how Aimi’s bottom-up approach to music creation sets it apart from other AI music initiatives. Edward delves into the complexities of training models with ethically sourced, high-quality data, and explains the importance of maintaining human elements in generative music. Explore the vast potential of music as a service and how Aimi is revolutionizing industries like gaming, social media, and content creation by integrating seamless, non-repetitive music into various applications. Edward also shares real-world examples and future plans for Aimi, emphasizing the role of AI in amplifying human creativity. Tune in to understand the transformative impact of AI on music and how Aimi is leading the charge in this exciting frontier. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and hit the notification bell for more insights into the cutting-edge technologies driving the AI revolution. This episode is sponsored by Oracle. AI is revolutionizing industries, but needs power without breaking the bank. Enter Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI): the one-stop platform for all your AI needs, with 4-8x the bandwidth of other clouds. Train AI models faster and at half the cost. Be ahead like Uber and Cohere. If you want to do more and spend less like Uber, 8x8, and Databricks Mosaic - take a free test drive of OCI at https://oracle.com/eyeonai Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI
May 20
50 min
#187 Mohamed Elgendy: Systematic Testing for Generative AI Models with Kolena
This episode is sponsored by Oracle. AI is revolutionizing industries, but needs power without breaking the bank. Enter Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI): the one-stop platform for all your AI needs, with 4-8x the bandwidth of other clouds. Train AI models faster and at half the cost. Be ahead like Uber and Cohere. If you want to do more and spend less like Uber, 8x8, and Databricks Mosaic - take a free test drive of OCI at https://oracle.com/eyeonai In this episode of the Eye on AI podcast, join us as we dive into the realm of AI quality assurance with Mohamed Elgendy, CEO and co-founder of Kolena.  Discover the intricacies of ensuring robust AI performance as Mohamed shares his journey from a software engineer to leading an AI quality platform. Kolena is setting new standards in AI testing, addressing the non-deterministic nature of machine learning models with a systematic framework for validation. The conversation navigates the challenges of AI testing, the importance of structured quality assurance, and the collaboration with industry bodies to shape the future of AI standards. Mohamed elaborates on Kolena's innovative approach to both human and automated evaluations, providing comprehensive testing solutions tailored to diverse customer needs. We also explore real-world use cases and the platform's future plans to make AI testing more accessible and reliable. Mohamed's insights illuminate the path toward achieving high-quality AI systems, ensuring they perform as intended across various applications. Tune in to understand the advancements propelling AI quality forward and how Kolena is pioneering the way in this crucial aspect of AI development. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and hit the notification bell for more insights into the technologies driving the AI revolution. This episode is sponsored by Shopify. Shopify is a commerce platform that allows anyone to set up an online store and sell their products. Whether you’re selling online, on social media, or in person, Shopify has you covered on every base. With Shopify you can sell physical and digital products. You can sell services, memberships, ticketed events, rentals and even classes and lessons. Sign up for a $1 per month trial period at http://shopify.com/eyeonai Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI
May 18
57 min
#186 Ronen Dar: Maximizing GPU Utilization for AI with Run:ai
This episode is sponsored by 1Password. 1Password combines industry-leading security with award-winning design to bring private, secure, and user-friendly password management to everyone. Companies lose hours every day just from employees forgetting and resetting passwords. A single data breach costs millions of dollars. 1Password secures every sign-in to save you time and money. Right now, my listeners get a free 2-week trial at:  https://www.1password.com/eyeonai In this episode of Eye on AI, join us as we explore the cutting-edge world of GPU optimization with Ronen Dar, CTO and co-founder of Run:ai.  Delve into the intricacies of managing and maximizing GPU utilization in an era marked by a severe GPU shortage. Ronen shares his insights on how Run:ai's innovative software is revolutionizing AI infrastructure, making GPU resources more efficient and accessible. The conversation spans the technical challenges of scaling AI models, the evolution of GPU demands from basic algorithms to complex systems like GPT-4, and the strategic innovations helping enterprises overcome these hurdles. Ronen also reflects on the future of AI development, predicting an exponential increase in demand for computational power and the innovative solutions poised to meet these needs. Tune in to uncover the technological advancements that are propelling AI capabilities forward and shaping the future of AI deployment across industries. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and hit the notification bell for more deep dives into the technologies that are transforming our digital landscape. Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI (00:00) Preview (02:46) Introducing Ronen Dar (04:00) Ronen's background and RunAI's origins (09:13) The need for efficient GPU utilization in AI (13:14) RunAI's core value proposition (15:33 RunAI's deployment model (18:55) The growing demand for compute power and GPUs (22:08) Challenges in scaling models beyond 70 billion parameters (27:52) RunAI's open platform approach (31:00) Addressing latency and throughput challenges in inference (34:36) RunAI's integration with AI tools and frameworks (39:37) Reducing the cost of inference with GPU virtualization (43:54) Challenges in auto-scaling for large language models (47:06) The future of the GPU market and demand (50:49) NVIDIA's dominance and the role of competitors like Cerebras (54:20) RunAI's global customer base and demand patterns (57:52) NVIDIA's vision and the evolution of GPU architectures (01:01:25) Compute requirements for the metaverse and future AI applications (01:03:56) Concerns about power consumption and carbon footprint
May 12
1 hr 10 min
#185 Damon Rasheed & Saurabh Jain: Achieving Up to 90% Accuracy in Predicting Drug Clinical Trial Outcomes with Opyl's Trialkey.ai
This episode is sponsored by Netsuite by Oracle, the number one cloud financial system, streamlining accounting, financial management, inventory, HR, and more. NetSuite is offering a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program. Head to  https://netsuite.com/EYEONAI to know more.     Unlock the secrets of clinical trial predictions with Saurabh Jain and Damon Rasheed from Opyl & TrialKey.ai on this episode of Eye on AI. In today’s discussion, delve into how TrialKey's pioneering AI model can predict the success of clinical trials with astonishing accuracy—about 90%. Learn about the innovative use of over 400,000 past trials to enhance the precision and efficiency of new pharmaceutical trials. Saurabh and Damon share how their technology not only predicts outcomes but also optimizes trial design, saving substantial time and resources in the drug development process. The episode also covers the sophisticated data processing techniques employed by TrialKey, including natural language processing to extract vital variables from complex datasets, and the strategic use of these insights to improve trial designs. Discover the implications of poorly designed trials and how AI can revolutionize their structure for better success rates. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of how AI and machine learning are transforming the pharmaceutical landscape, making clinical trials more predictive and efficient. Saurabh and Damon’s expertise offers a glimpse into the future of medical research and investment, emphasizing the role of AI in enhancing decision-making and resource allocation in healthcare. Remember to like, subscribe, and hit the notification bell to keep up with the latest innovations and discussions reshaping the future of artificial intelligence and healthcare.     Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI  
May 6
51 min
#184 André van Schaik: Building An Artificial Brain With 100 Billion Neurons
Dive into the cutting-edge realm of neuromorphic computing with André van Schaik, a professor of electrical engineering at the Western Sydney University, and director of the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems, in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia In this episode of Eye on AI, André unveils the capabilities of DeepSouth, an innovative brain-scaled neuromorphic computing system designed to simulate up to 100 billion neurons in real time. Discover how DeepSouth leverages spiking neurons and synapses to process information more efficiently than traditional AI models, and how this technology could transform our understanding of brain computation and unlock new AI architectures. The conversation explores the unique hardware setup of DeepSouth, utilizing FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays) for a flexible, reconfigurable approach that mimics the asynchronous and spiking communication of biological neurons.  André discusses the initial testing phase focusing on balanced excitation-inhibition networks, reflecting common neural activities in the human cortex, and outlines the system's potential to facilitate large-scale simulations previously unachievable due to computational constraints. André's insights are invaluable for anyone interested in the intersection of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and computational technology. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and hit the notification bell to stay updated on the latest breakthroughs and discussions in the world of artificial intelligence.     This episode is sponsored by Oracle. AI is revolutionizing industries, but needs power without breaking the bank. Enter Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI): the one-stop platform for all your AI needs, with 4-8x the bandwidth of other clouds. Train AI models faster and at half the cost. Be ahead like Uber and Cohere. If you want to do more and spend less like Uber, 8x8, and Databricks Mosaic - take a free test drive of OCI at https://oracle.com/eyeonai Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI (00:00) Preview and Introduction (02:19) André van Schaik's background (03:39) What is neuromorphic computing? (05:45) Differences between Von Neumann and neuromorphic architectures (09:27) How DeepSouth simulates neurons (12:20) What are FPGAs? (16:42) Current status of DeepSouth (19:04) Running neural network architectures on DeepSouth (22:33) DeepSouth as an open source, commercial hardware (24:40) Potential for cheaper model training (28:35) Number of neurons and connections in DeepSouth (30:01) Power consumption comparison (34:21) Mimicking brain structures in DeepSouth (35:42) André van Schaik's background in neuroscience (39:12) Goals of understanding brain activity vs solving problems (41:44) Interest from AI research community (43:03) Summary of DeepSouth's goals  
May 1
46 min
#183 Will Falcon: Lightning Studio, an iOS for AI Developers?
This episode is sponsored by 1Password. 1Password combines industry-leading security with award-winning design to bring private, secure, and user-friendly password management to everyone. Companies lose hours every day just from employees forgetting and resetting passwords. A single data breach costs millions of dollars. 1Password secures every sign-in to save you time and money. Right now, my listeners get a free 2-week trial at: www.1password.com/eyeonai Explore the world of AI development with Will Falcon, creator of PyTorch Lightning and founder of Lightning AI. In this episode of Eye on AI, Will takes us through the groundbreaking journey of Lightning Studio, a revolutionary cloud-based platform that's reshaping how AI tools and frameworks are integrated and scaled. From his unique start in the US military to leading AI innovation, Will offers a comprehensive look at the evolution of machine learning technologies that simplify and accelerate the deployment of AI models. The discussion delves into the creation of PyTorch Lightning, highlighting its role in democratizing AI development by structuring code and enabling scalability across thousands of machines. Will also outlines the pivotal shift from traditional coding practices to a streamlined, cloud-based environment, making advanced AI tools accessible to a global community of developers. Tune in as we uncover the layers of technology that drive AI forward and discuss the future of AI development platforms. Will's insights are crucial for anyone interested in the intersection of AI, software engineering, and cloud infrastructure. Make sure to hit the like button and subscribe for more insights into the technologies shaping our world. This episode is sponsored by Oracle. AI is revolutionizing industries, but needs power without breaking the bank. Enter Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI): the one-stop platform for all your AI needs, with 4-8x the bandwidth of other clouds. Train AI models faster and at half the cost. Be ahead like Uber and Cohere. If you want to do more and spend less like Uber, 8x8, and Databricks Mosaic - take a free test drive of OCI at https://oracle.com/eyeonai Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI  
Apr 29
50 min
#182 Dragomir Anguelov: The Role of AI and Machine Learning in Waymo's Self-Driving Cars
This episode is sponsored by 1Password. 1Password combines industry-leading security with award-winning design to bring private, secure, and user-friendly password management to everyone. Companies lose hours every day just from employees forgetting and resetting passwords. A single data breach costs millions of dollars. 1Password secures every sign-in to save you time and money. Right now, my listeners get a free 2-week trial at: www.1password.com/eyeonai   Dive into the world of autonomous driving with Dragomir Anguelov, Vice President, Head of Research at Waymo, in this captivating episode of Eye on AI. Drago offers a profound exploration into the technical and operational advancements driving the future of autonomous vehicles. With his rich background at Google and now at Waymo, Drago provides an insider’s view on the evolution of machine learning technologies and their pivotal role in developing self-driving cars that are not only intelligent but also safe and reliable. This conversation spans the inception of large neural networks for image understanding to the intricate deployment of robotaxis in urban environments. Drago details the challenges of scaling these complex systems across different cities and the breakthroughs that have made autonomous driving a tangible reality in places like Phoenix and San Francisco. Drago’s insights are invaluable for anyone interested in the convergence of AI, robotics, and transportation. If you are fascinated by the advancements being made in the autonomous driving space and how they could transform our daily lives, make sure to hit the like button and subscribe for more deep dives into the technologies shaping our future.   Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI
Apr 21
1 hr 3 min
#181 Nick Bostrom: The Meaning of Life in a World where AI can do Everything for Us
This episode is sponsored by Netsuite by Oracle, the number one cloud financial system, streamlining accounting, financial management, inventory, HR, and more. NetSuite is offering a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program. Head to  https://netsuite.com/EYEONAI to know more.  Venture into the future of AI with Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at the University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, whole brain emulation, superintelligence risks, and the reversal test. On episode #181 of Eye on AI, Nick Bostrom, explores the existential and societal implications of AI reaching and surpassing human capabilities. As we contemplate a world where all tasks are performed by AI, Nick discusses the potential for a 'technologically solved' society and its impact on human purpose and motivation. Join us as Nick provides insights into his latest book, "Deep Utopia," where he questions how humans will find meaning when artificial intelligence handles every aspect of labor and creativity. He elaborates on the risks, ethical considerations, and philosophical dilemmas we face as AI continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace. This episode is an essential exploration of the shifts AI may bring to our societal structures, labour markets, and individual lives.  If you find yourself intrigued by the philosophical journey into AI's potential to redefine humanity, hit the like button and subscribe for more thoughtful discussions on the future landscapes shaped by artificial intelligence. Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI   (00:00) Introduction and the Concept of a 'Solved World' (03:05) Nick Bostrom's Background (06:06) Exploring the Anthropomorphism in Modern AI (08:02) Predictions and the 'Hockey Stick' Graph (10:13) AI Safety and Public Perception (12:58) Deep Utopia and the Search for Meaning (15:46) Life in a Technologically Mature World (18:17) Existential Malaise in Modern Society (20:43) The Potential of Technological Maturity (23:51) Philosophical Implications of a Solved World (28:20) Engineering Happiness and Neurological Adjustments (32:18) Remaining Human Tasks and Cultural Values (35:45) The Future of Humanity (47:03) Closing Remarks and Sponsor Message
Apr 14
55 min
#180 Thomas Lah: Navigating AI Adoption in Tech Businesses
This episode is sponsored by Oracle. AI is revolutionizing industries, but needs power without breaking the bank. Enter Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI): the one-stop platform for all your AI needs, with 4-8x the bandwidth of other clouds. Train AI models faster and at half the cost. Be ahead like Uber and Cohere. If you want to do more and spend less like Uber, 8x8, and Databricks Mosaic - take a free test drive of OCI at https://oracle.com/eyeonai Explore the journey of AI within the technology industry with Thomas Lah in episode #180 of Eye on AI. This dialogue features Thomas Lah, Executive Director of the Technology and Services Industry Association (TSIA), as he delves into the influence of AI on technology companies and their operating models. In this episode, Thomas offers a compelling narrative on how AI is being integrated into the fabric of technology businesses, altering the landscape of innovation and competition. Discover the intricacies of AI adoption strategies, the challenges of data management, and the evolution of business models in response to AI advancements. From Microsoft to Salesforce, uncover how leading tech giants are harnessing AI to redefine efficiency, creativity, and growth. Dive deep into the core of TSIA's research, unveiling the pivotal role of benchmarking and operational research in navigating the AI revolution. Thomas sheds light on the actionable insights and best practices that are guiding technology companies through this era of rapid technological change. Whether you're intrigued by the operational shifts AI is catalyzing in the tech sector, or you're keen on understanding the future directions of AI-driven business models, this episode is a treasure trove of knowledge. Remember to give us a thumbs up on YouTube if this deep dive into the AI transformation within tech companies enriches your understanding.  Subscribe for more insights into how AI is sculpting the technological landscapes of tomorrow. Stay Updated: Craig Smith Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigss Eye on A.I. Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeOn_AI (00:00) Preview and Introduction  (01:19) AI’s Impact on Tech Companies' Internal Processes (04:22) Thomas Lah’s Background and Contributions to Tech Services (07:49) Future Trends: AI Agents and Physical World Actions (10:12) Real-World AI Use Cases and ROI in Tech Companies (13:44) The Rapid Maturation of AI Tools and Its Impact (16:48) The Right Timing for AI Adoption and Investment (20:09) AI Advantaged vs. Severely Lagged Tech Companies (25:31) Addressing the Consumption Gap with AI in Education (32:17) AI in Operations (38:35) The Evolution of AI Agents and Co-Pilots in Tech Services (45:12) Centralizing and Rationalizing Data for AI Readiness (48:31) Cultural and Technical Shifts Required for AI Integration (51:06) AI's Impact on Business Models and Headcount Reductions
Apr 7
53 min
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