The Radical AI Podcast
The Radical AI Podcast
Radical AI
Radical people. Radical ideas. Radical Stories. Welcome to the future of Artificial Intelligence Ethics. Welcome to the Radical AI Podcast.
The Limitations of ChatGPT with Emily M. Bender and Casey Fiesler
In this episode, we unpack: is ChatGPT Ethical? In what ways?    We interview Dr. Emily M. Bender and Dr. Casey Fiesler about the limitations of ChatGPT – we cover ethical considerations, bias and discrimination, and the importance of algorithmic literacy in the face of chatbots.   Emily M. Bender is a Professor of Linguistics and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Computer Science and the Information School at the University of Washington, where she has been on the faculty since 2003. Her research interests include multilingual grammar engineering, computational semantics, and the societal impacts of language technology. Emily was also recently nominated as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).     Casey Fiesler is an associate professor in Information Science at University of Colorado Boulder. She researches and teaches in the areas of technology ethics, internet law and policy, and online communities. Also a public scholar, she is a frequent commentator and speaker on topics of technology ethics and policy, and her research has been covered everywhere from The New York Times to Teen Vogue.   Full show notes for this episode can be found at
Feb 28
1 hr 2 min
ChatGPT: What is it? How does it work? Should we be excited? Or scared? with Deep Dhillon
ChatGPT – what is it? How does it work? Should we be excited? Or scared? The recent natural language chatbot has been getting ALL the hype. In this episode we interview Deep Dhillon about the ins and outs of ChatGPT! Deep is the co-founder and leader of technology development at Xyonix, where his mission is to find novel value in clients' data. Deep has experience as a technology executive; conceptualizing, architecting and deploying advanced applications, leveraging machine learning, natural language processing and data science to build smarter businesses and more powerful products. Full show notes for this episode can be found at
Jan 24
57 min
Sounds, Sights, Smells, and Senses: Let’s Talk Data with Jordan Wirfs-Brock
What can our senses teach us about data? What can data teach us about our senses?    In this episode, we interview Jordan Wirfs-Brock about how we can explore data through all of our senses, especially through the sense of sound.   Jordan Wirfs-Brock recently completed a PhD in Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and will be joining Whitman College as an assistant professor in Computer Science in January. Her research explores how to bring data into our everyday lives as a creative material by developing data representations that are participatory and engage all of our senses, especially sound. In the past, she has worked as a data journalist covering the energy industry and as a civic technologist helping non-profit organizations understand their communities through data.   Full show notes for this episode can be found at
Nov 29, 2022
52 min
How to Stay Safe Online with Seyi Akiwowo
How can technology be designed to fight online abuse and harassment? What is the difference between cancel culture and appropriate accountability? How can you stay safe online?     In this episode we interview Seyi Akiwowo to discuss her newly released book: How to Stay Safe Online: A digital self-care toolkit for developing resilience and allyship.     Seyi is the founder and CEO of Glitch, a charity that’s been on a mission to end online abuse by making digital citizens of us all since 2017.Seyi is also an author, a consultant and writer within the political and tech space, and a former TED speaker. Full show notes for this episode can be found at
Oct 25, 2022
51 min
Data Privacy and Women’s Rights with Rebecca Finlay
What is the reality of data privacy after the overruling of Roe v. Wade?    In this episode, we interview Rebecca Finlay about protecting user data privacy and human rights, following the US Supreme Court ruling of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.    Rebecca Finlay is the CEO of the non-profit, Partnership on AI overseeing the organization’s mission and strategy. In this role, Rebecca ensures that the Partnership on AI and their global community of Partners work together so that developments in AI advance positive outcomes for people and society.   Full show notes for this episode can be found at
Sep 27, 2022
44 min
Digital Lethargy with Tung-Hui Hu
What is Digital Lethargy?  How can we adapt to an age of disconnection? How can art act as a force of resistance?    In this episode we interview Tung-Hui Hu about digital exhaustion in the modern day, and his new upcoming book from MIT Press: “Digital Lethargy: Dispatches from an Age of Disconnection.”   Tung-Hui is an associate professor of English at the University of Michigan and the author of A Prehistory of the Cloud from MIT Press. He is on the advisory board of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology and is also a poet.   Full show notes for this episode can be found at
Aug 30, 2022
59 min
Should the Government use AI? with Shion Guha
How does the government use algorithms? How do algorithms impact social services, policing, and other social services? And where does Silicon Valley fit in?   In this episode we interview Shion Guha about how governments adopt algorithms to enforce public policy.   Shion is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at University of Toronto. His research fits into the field of Human-Centered Data Science, which he helped develop. Shion explores the intersection between AI and public policy by researching algorithmic decision-making in public services such as criminal justice, child welfare, and healthcare. Full show notes for this episode can be found at
Jul 26, 2022
56 min
Envisioning a Decolonial Digital Mental Health with Sachin Pendse, Munmun De Choudhury, and Neha Kumar
In this episode we have a panel discussion about decolonial digital mental health with three leading experts on the topic: Sachin Pendse, Munmun De Choudhury, and Neha Kumar   Sachin is a PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech, researching the role that technology plays in addressing barriers that prevent people from receiving consistent mental health care.   Munmun is the Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. She founded and directs the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab that seeks to develop technologies for improving our mental well-being.   Neha is an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech and leads the Technology and Design for Empowerment lab with a focus on the intersection of human-centered computing and global development.    Full show notes for this episode can be found at  If you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at
Jun 28, 2022
58 min
Visualizing Our Lives Through Data with Jaime Snyder
How do we see ourselves in data? What is self-tracking and how can we design for visualizing the data of our bodies and mental health? How do we make visualized data more accessible?    In this episode, we interview Jaime Snyder about the data visualization of COVID, mental health, and more.    Jaime Snyder is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington in Seattle. She leads the Visualization Studies Research Studio and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering. Snyder’s research draws on her background as an artist and information science scholar to explore the creation and use of visual representations of information, data, and knowledge in collaborative and coordinated contexts.   Full show notes for this episode can be found at
May 24, 2022
59 min
Let’s Talk About Sex: Digital Pornography and LGBTQIA+ Censorship w/ Alex Monea
What is the history of digital pornography? How do algorithms perpetuate LGBTQIA+ content censorship? What is the role that content moderation and corporate ownership plays in perpetuating misogyny and heteronormativity?   In this episode, we interview Alex Monea about the history of digital pornography and LGBTQIA+ content censorship. We also discuss his new book published by MIT Press: "The Digital Closet: How the Internet Became Straight"   Alexander Monea is Assistant Professor in the English Department and Cultural Studies PhD Program at George Mason University. He researches data ethics and the intersection between computation and marginalization.   Full show notes for this episode can be found at
Apr 26, 2022
58 min
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