A Year in Podcasts: ADAPT Radio Highlights 2023

08 January 2024

In the fast-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence, staying informed is not just a choice but a necessity. As we step into 2024, ADAPT’s commitment to fostering understanding and dialogue around the future of technology is highlighted through our latest podcast series HumanAIse. As we prepare to publish new episodes for 2024, take a look at our 2023 series where we shared insights and expert perspectives including deciphering the latest breakthroughs and scrutinising the ethical considerations surrounding AI. This series promises an in-depth, thought-provoking examination of the transformative forces reshaping our world. 

Mark Little and Lucy Hederman: AI and Health 

From wearable devices to digital hospitals, modelling disease patterns to training medical professionals – AI is having a transformative impact on healthcare. But the challenge remains to develop and deploy innovative and agile solutions that can unlock the data needed for precision medicine. Where exactly are we with this technology? What is its potential and what dangers do we need to safeguard against? 

Giovanni Di Liberto & Andrea Patane: AI and Human Interaction 

How do smart speakers, phones and connected devices understand what we’re saying? This episode looks at how the interaction between machines and our voices works now and how we can build even more intelligent systems for complex interaction in the future.

Robert Ross and Ben Cowan: AI & Chat GPT 

Chat GPT has taken the AI world by storm as a bot that can generate text in conversational human style. So does this spell the end of students spending hours on homework or college assignments? What does the future hold for this type of generative AI?

Prof David Lyon: AI and Surveillance in the 21st Century 

Our everyday lives are surrounded with everyday objects which have the ability to monitor, track and record everything we do. But what are the roles that AI, machine learning and government play in this gathering of surveillance data. Sharing his considerable knowledge in the area is Professor David Lyon, who presented a fascinating seminar on this topic at the Adapt Centre.

Claire Gillan and Marcus Collier: AI & Mental Health 

Our health is one of our greatest assets, and it has many interconnected parts, including our mental health and the environment in which we live. How can artificial intelligence enable us to engage more with our mental health and environment, and help researchers better understand how to protect both?

Prof. Dave Lewis and David J. Hickton: Innovation vs Regulation in AI 

AI systems are developing at such a rapid pace and have sparked questions about how we can control their use and prevent them destroying society. We hear from two experts on how regulation, cyber hygiene and digital literacy are key to using AI for its fantastic benefits, while protecting us from the potential dangers it can expose us to.

Prof. Jane Suiter and Dr Brendan Spillane: Disinformation and the Harmful Uses of AI 

These days it’s hard to know what to believe. Misinformation and disinformation are nothing new but AI and social media seem to be driving false information to new levels.Today we hear how experts are working hard to keep up with AI, and how education and awareness are vital to protecting people from harmful information online

Aphra Kerr and Jamie Cudden: AI and Sustainable Cities

With more people living even faster lives, our cities need to be smarter, more sustainable and easier to live in. Dublin City Council are running an experiment in D8, using technology to measure everything from traffic movements to rainfall and even how full the bins get. They are using this data to create a ‘digital twin’ of the area and virtualise how changes will improve the quality of life. However, this smart city program raises questions about citizen data and how to best involve residents. 

Prof Vinny Wade & Prof John Kelleher: The Language Of AI 

Since ChatGPT burst into the mainstream late last year, these conversational AI interfaces have been prompting huge discussion about how AI will shape our futures. Today we’re learning how these AI chat bots work and where they can be used to the human advantage. Plus, we hear how they’re redefining intelligence, but not enough to overtake the human mind just yet. 

Max Stearns & Dr. Jennifer Edmond: Democracy in the AI & Digital Age 

In the 21st century, we do democracy differently. The internet has opened up new channels of information, meaning that citizens can access and contribute to discussions about policies and governance. Today we find out how AI and big data support democracy in a digital age and what elections might look like in the future.

ADAPT Radio: HumanAIse is ADAPT’s newest podcast series providing an in-depth look at the future of AI, automation and the implications of entrusting machines with our most sensitive information and decisions.

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