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AI Podcasts: Top 5 podcasts on Artificial Intelligence

How to stay up-to-date on AI? Pigro suggests the best AI podcasts to discover all the latest news.

How to get closer to the world of Artificial Intelligence? The Pigro team has followed and selected for you some of the best AI Podcasts made in recent years.

What are podcasts?

The term “podcast” comes from the union of the words Ipod and Broadcast to underline a new way of enjoying content: but what is a podcast?

The term podcasting is used to indicate a technology that allows a radio broadcast to be transmitted over the Internet, which can be downloaded and stored in an Mp3 player. This type of content originated in the USA in the early 2000s, when widespread access to recording and distribution tools via the Internet gave rise to this new format of radio programme, which can be downloaded and listened to for free on one's IPod devices.

The first to use the term podcast was journalist Ben Hammersley in 2004 in The Guardian article "Audible revolution. Online radio is booming thanks to iPods, cheap audio software and weblogs", but it was legitimised after Steve Jobs claimed to have named a section within Itunes in that way.

In 2014, podcasting boomed among the general American public, thanks to an audio programme called “Serial”, which narrated a real-life crime episode using a serial structure. From then on, this type of serial narration also became popular in Europe.

The new format, its adaptability to the content and the simplicity of its realisation made the podcast successful, also in relation to the current historical-social context, in which people are always looking for content that is easily accessible at any time and place.

According to the benchmark digital media study for the United States, Edison Research’s annual Infinite Dial Report, online audio listening has doubled over the last ten years to reach almost 70% of the population. In that context, podcast listening has more than doubled, with monthly podcast listening growing by 16% in 2019.

Also, the number of podcasts is growing exponentially. Apple says there were more than 63,000 new shows released in March 2020 compared with just over 25,000 additions in September 2019.

Podcasts: how does it work?

Although the podcast is a fairly free format, it has certain characteristics that have become established over time: it usually has a serial structure, with episodes, but often the content and the subject matter define its length and format. Podcasts are now widespread in all sectors and can be of various kinds: from serialized stories, to foreign language classes, to comments on current affairs, to in-depth analysis of specific topics, to chats between friends.

How can you listen to a podcast? All you need is a smartphone, PC or tablet to download it and listen to it on your headphones. Some podcast apps we recommend: Apple Podcast if you use an Iphone, Google Podcast if you have an Android phone, will allow you to download interesting podcasts for free on your device.

5 Podcasts on AI

Given their thematic nature, podcasts are very useful for delving into topics that are often defined as “niche”. This is why we decided to compile a list of podcasts on the topic of Artificial Intelligence: here is the list of podcasts on AI selected by Pigro.

1. The AI Podcast

Artificial intelligence has been described as “Thor’s Hammer” and “the new electricity.” But it’s also a bit of a mystery – even to those who know it best. On the AI Podcast you will find some of the world’s leading experts in AI, deep learning, and machine learning who explain how it works, how it’s evolving, and how it intersects with every facet of human endeavor, from art to science. The AI Podcast host is Noah Kravitz, who built one of YouTube’s all-time most successful Science and Technology channels, served as a regular tech expert on cable and local TV outlets, and wrote about society-changing technologies for media outlets including WIRED, Business Insider and Entrepreneur.

2. Lex Fridman Podcast

Also known as “Artificial Intelligence: AI Podcast” or “AI + Lex”, it is a set of conversations about the nature of intelligence, science, and technology (at MIT and beyond) from the perspective of deep learning, robotics, AI, AGI, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, economics, physics, mathematics, and more. One of the episodes, for example, explores artificial consciousness and the nature of reality with Joscha Bach, the VP of Research at the AI Foundation, previously doing research at MIT and Harvard.

3. Practical AI

 

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The focus of this podcast is making artificial intelligence practical, productive, and accessible to everyone, depicting real-world scenarios which are easily comprehensible. The most popular episode, “Learning about (Deep) Learning”, is about education for artificial intelligence practitioners and is a must for everyone who wants to know more about this fascinating subject.

4. AI in Business

This is the practical and actionable podcast to help leaders thrive in AI disruption with real facts and trends that matter for business operators. Each week, Emerj Founder Daniel Faggella interviews top AI and machine learning executives, investors, and researchers from globally renown organizations to analyse critical trends, applications and disruptions of AI and to discover what top executives are doing to take advantage of them. This podcast also offers strategic AI considerations for business planning and shows which AI applications are driving real business value, and which are still experimental.

5. Eye on A.I.

 

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Eye on A.I. is a biweekly podcast with senior researchers and entrepreneurs in the deep learning space, hosted by longtime New York Times correspondent Craig S. Smith. In the last episode, Daeil Kim, cofounder of AI.Reverie, talks about the role that synthetic data can play in training AI models.

These 5 podcasts on artificial intelligence show how AI is an increasingly vast area, which intersects with other fields and disciplines. That's why “traditional media” are no longer enough to tell the story!

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