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One person, one interview, one story. Join us as we explore the impact of AI on our world, one amazing person at a time -- from the wildlife biologist tracking endangered rhinos across the savannah here on Earth to astrophysicists analyzing 10 billion-year-old starlight in distant galaxies to the Walmart data scientist grappling with the hundreds of millions of parameters lurking in the retailer’s supply chain. Every two weeks, we’ll bring you another tale, another 25-minute interview, as we build a real-time oral history of AI that’s already garnered nearly 3.4 million listens and been acclaimed as one of the best AI and machine learning podcasts. Listen in and get inspired.


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One person, one interview, one story. Join us as we explore the impact of AI on our world, one amazing person at a time -- from the wildlife biologist tracking endangered rhinos across the savannah here on Earth to astrophysicists analyzing 10 billion-year-old starlight in distant galaxies to the Walmart data scientist grappling with the hundreds of millions of parameters lurking in the retailer’s supply chain. Every two weeks, we’ll bring you another tale, another 25-minute interview, as we build a real-time oral history of AI that’s already garnered nearly 3.4 million listens and been acclaimed as one of the best AI and machine learning podcasts. Listen in and get inspired.






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MIT's Anant Agarwal on AI in Education - Ep. 197

In the latest episode of NVIDIA's AI Podcast, Anant Agarwal, founder of edX and Chief Platform Officer at 2U, shared his vision for the future of online education and the impact of artificial intelligence in revolutionizing the learning experience. Agarwal, a strong advocate for Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs, discussed the importance of accessibility and quality in education. The MIT professor and renowned edtech pioneer also highlighted the implementation of AI-powered features in the edX platform, including the ChatGPT plugin and edX Xpert, an AI-powered learning assistant.


How Alex Fielding and Privateer Space Are Taking on Space Debris - Ep. 196

In this episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz dives into an illuminating conversation with Alex Fielding, co-founder and CEO of Privateer Space. Fielding is a tech industry veteran, having previously worked alongside Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on several projects, and holds a deep expertise in engineering, robotics, machine learning and AI. Privateer Space, Fielding’s latest venture, aims to address one of the most daunting challenges facing our world today: space debris. The company is creating a data infrastructure to monitor and clean up space debris, ensuring sustainable growth for the budding space economy. In essence, they’re the sanitation engineers of the cosmos. Privateer is also focused on bolstering space accessibility. All of the company’s datasets and those of its partners are being made available through APIs, so users can more easily build space applications related to Earth observation, climate science and more. Privateer Space is a part of NVIDIA Inception, a free program that offers go-to-market support, expertise and technology for AI startups. During the podcast, Fielding shares the genesis of Privateer Space, his journey from Apple to the space industry, and his subsequent work on communication between satellites at different altitudes. He also addresses the severity of space debris, explaining how every launch adds more debris, including minute yet potentially dangerous fragments like frozen propellant and paint chips.


Bojan Tunguz, Johnny Israeli on How AI and Crowdsourcing Can Advance Vaccine Distribution - Ep. 195

Artificial intelligence is teaming up with crowdsourcing to improve the thermo-stability of mRNA vaccines, making distribution more accessible worldwide. In this episode of NVIDIA's AI podcast, host Noah Kravitz interviewed Bojan Tunguz, a physicist and senior system software engineer at NVIDIA, and Johnny Israeli, senior manager of AI and cloud software at NVIDIA. The guests delved into AI's potential in drug discovery and the Stanford Open Vaccine competition, a machine-learning contest using crowdsourcing to tackle the thermo-stability challenges of mRNA vaccines. Kaggle, the online machine learning competition platform, hosted the Stanford Open Vaccine competition. Tunguz, a quadruple Kaggle grandmaster, shared how Kaggle has grown to encompass not just competitions, but also datasets, code, and discussions. Competitors can earn points, rankings, and status achievements across these four areas. The fusion of artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing, and machine learning competitions is opening new possibilities in drug discovery and vaccine distribution. By tapping into the collective wisdom and skills of participants worldwide, it becomes possible to solve pressing global problems, such as enhancing the thermo-stability of mRNA vaccines, allowing for a more efficient and widely accessible distribution process. Don't miss this enlightening conversation on the transformative power of AI and crowdsourcing in mRNA vaccine distribution.


The Future of Intelligent Vehicle Interiors: Building Trust with HMI & AI - Ep. 194

Imagine a future where your vehicle's interior offers personalized experiences and builds trust through human-machine interfaces and artificial intelligence. In this episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast, host Katie Burke Washabaugh and guest Andreas Binner, Chief Technology Officer at Rightware, delve into this fascinating topic. Rightware is a company at the forefront of developing in-vehicle HMI. Their platform, Kanzi, works in tandem with NVIDIA DRIVE IX to provide a complete toolchain for designing personalized vehicle interiors for the next generation of transportation, including detailed visualizations of the car's AI. Andreas touches on his journey into automotive technology and HMI, the evolution of infotainment in the automotive industry over the past decade, and surprising trends in HMI. They explore the influence of AI on HMI, novel AI-enabled features, and the importance of trust in new technologies. Other topics include the role of HMI in fostering trust between vehicle occupants and the vehicle, the implications of autonomous vehicle visualization, balancing larger in-vehicle screens with driver distraction risks, additional features for trust-building between autonomous vehicles and passengers, and predictions for intelligent cockpits in the next decade. Learn about the innovations that Rightware's Kanzi platform and NVIDIA DRIVE IX bring to the automotive industry and how they contribute to the development of intelligent vehicle interiors. Tune in.


How GlüxKind Created Ella, the AI-Powered Smart Stroller - Ep. 193

Imagine a stroller that can drive itself, help users up hills, brake on slopes and provide alerts of potential hazards. That’s what GlüxKind has done with Ella, an award-winning smart stroller that uses the NVIDIA Jetson edge AI and robotics platform to power its AI features. Kevin Huang and Anne Hunger are the co-founders of GlüxKind, a Vancouver-based startup that aims to make parenting easier with AI. They’re also married and have a child together who inspired them to create Ella. In this episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz talks to Huang and Hunger about their journey from being consumers looking for a better stroller to becoming entrepreneurs who built one. They discuss how NVIDIA Jetson enables Ella’s self-driving capabilities, object detection, voice control and other features that make it stand out from other strollers. The pair also share their vision for the future of smart baby gear and how they hope to improve the lives of parents and caregivers around the world.


Ubisoft’s Yves Jacquier on How Generative AI Will Revolutionize Gaming - Ep. 192

Tools like ChatGPT have awakened the world to the potential of generative AI. Now, much more is coming. On the latest episode of NVIDIA’s AI Podcast, Yves Jacquier, executive director of Ubisoft La Forge, shares valuable insights into the transformative potential of generative AI in the gaming industry. With over two decades of experience in technology innovation, science and R&D management across various sectors, Jacquier’s comprehensive expertise makes him a true visionary in the field. During his conversation with podcast host Noah Kravitz, Jacquier highlighted how generative AI, which enables computers to create unique content such as images, text and music, is already revolutionizing the gaming sector. By designing new levels, characters and items, and generating realistic graphics and soundscapes, this cutting-edge technology offers countless opportunities for more immersive and engaging experiences. As the driving force behind Ubisoft La Forge, Jacquier plays a crucial role in shaping the company’s academic R&D strategy. Key milestones include establishing a chair in AI deep learning in 2011 and founding Ubisoft La Forge, the first lab in the gaming industry dedicated to applied academic research — research that’s being translated into state-of-the-art gaming experiences.


Peter Ma on Using AI to Find Promising Signals for Alien Life - Ep. 191

Peter Ma was bored in his high school computer science class. So he decided to teach himself something new: how to use artificial intelligence to find alien life. That’s how he eventually became the lead author of a groundbreaking study published in Nature Astronomy. The study reveals how Ma and his co-authors used AI to analyze a massive dataset of radio signals collected by the SETI Breakthrough Listen project. They found eight signals that might just be technosignatures, or signs of alien technology. In this episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz interviews Ma, who is now an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. Ma tells Kravitz how he stumbled upon this problem and how he developed an AI algorithm that outperformed traditional methods in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. You can read more about Ma’s research on NVIDIA’s blog:


Glean Founders Talk AI-Powered Enterprise Search on NVIDIA Podcast - Ep. 190

In the quest for knowledge at work, it can be tempting to think that finding what you need is like a needle in a haystack. But what if the haystack itself could show you where the needle is? That's the promise of large language models, or LLMs as they’re known, and it's the subject of a this week’s episode of NVIDIA’s AI Podcast featuring Deedy Das and Eddie Zhou, founding engineers at Glean, in conversation with our host, Noah Kravitz. With large-language models, the haystack can become a source of intelligence, helping guide knowledge workers on what they need to know. Glean is a Silicon Valley startup focused on providing better tools for enterprise search by indexing everything employees have access to in the company, including Slack, Dropbox, and email. The company raised a Series C financing round last year, valuing the company at $1 billion. By indexing everything employees have access to in the company, LLMs can provide a comprehensive view of the enterprise and its data, making it easier to find the information needed to get work done. In the podcast, Das and Zhou discuss the challenges and opportunities of bringing LLMs into the enterprise, and how this technology can help people spend less time searching and more time working.


Making a Splash: AI Can Help Protect Ocean Goers from Deadly Rips - Ep. 189

Surfers, swimmers, and beachgoers face a hidden danger in the ocean: rip currents. These narrow channels of water can flow away from the shore at speeds up to 2.5 meters per second, making them one of the biggest safety risks for those enjoying the ocean. To help keep beachgoers safe, Dr. Christo Rautenbach, a coastal and estuarine physical processes scientist, has teamed up with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand to develop a real-time rip current identification tool using deep learning. On this episode of the NVIDIA AI podcast, host Noah Kravitz interviews Dr. Rautenbach about the technology behind the rip current detection tool. The tool was developed by Dr. Rautenbach and NIWA in collaboration with Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and achieved a detection rate of roughly 90% in trials. The research behind the technology was published in the November 22nd edition of the journal Remote Sensing. Dr. Rautenbach explains how AI can be used to identify rip currents, a critical step in keeping beachgoers safe. He shares the research behind the technology and the results of the trials, as well as the potential for this tool to be used globally to help reduce the number of fatalities caused by rip currents. Tune in.


Deloitte’s Nitin Mittal on the Secrets of 'All-In' AI Success - Ep. 188

Artificial intelligence is the new electricity. The fifth industrial revolution. And companies that go all-in on AI are reaping the rewards. So how do you make that happen? That big question — how? — is explored by Nitin Mittal, Principal at Deloitte, one of the world’s largest professional services organizations, and co-author Thomas Davenport in their new book "All-In On AI: How Smart Companies Win Big with Artificial Intelligence.” On the latest episode of NVIDIA’s AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz speaks with Mittal, who leads Deloitte's artificial intelligence growth platform spoke about how companies across a wide variety of industries used AI to radically transform their organizations and achieve competitive advantage. The book, from the Harvard Business Review Press, explores the importance of a company-wide commitment to AI and the role of leadership in driving the adoption and implementation of AI. Mittal emphasizes that companies must have a clear strategy and plan, and invest in the necessary technology and talent to make the most of AI.


Sequoia Capital’s Pat Grady and Sonya Huang on Generative AI - Ep. 187

In the latest episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz is joined by Pat Grady and Sonya Huang, partners at Sequoia Capital, to discuss their recent essay, “Generative AI: A Creative New World.” The authors delve into the potential of generative AI to enable new forms of creativity and expression, as well as the challenges and ethical considerations of this technology. They also offer insights into the future of generative AI. Grady and Huang emphasize the potential of generative AI to revolutionize industries such as art, design and media by allowing for the creation of unique, personalized content on a scale that would be impossible for humans to achieve alone. They also address the importance of considering the ethical implications of the technology, including the potential for biased or harmful outputs and the need for responsible use and regulation. Listen to the full episode to hear more about the possibilities of generative AI and the considerations to be made as this technology moves forward.


UF Provost Joe Glover on Building a Leading AI University - Ep. 186

When NVIDIA co-founder Chris Malachowsky approached University of Florida Provost Joe Glover with the offer of an AI supercomputer, he couldn't have predicted the transformative impact it would have on the university. In just a short time, UF has become one of the top public colleges in the US and developed a groundbreaking neural network for healthcare research. In a recent episode of NVIDIA’s AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz sat down with Joe Glover, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the University of Florida. The two discussed the university’s efforts to put AI to work across all aspects of higher education, including a public-private partnership with NVIDIA that has helped transform UF into one of the leading AI universities in the country. Just a year after the partnership was unveiled in July 2020, UF rose to number five on the US News and World Report’s list of the best public colleges in the US. The ranking was, in part a recognition of UF’s vision for infusing AI into its teaching and research.


Doing the Best They Can: EverestLabs Ensures Fewer Recyclables Go to Landfills - Ep. 184

All of us recycle. Or, at least, all of us should. Now, AI is joining the effort. On the latest episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz spoke with JD Ambati, founder and CEO of EverestLabs, developer of RecycleOS, the first AI-enabled operating system for recycling. The company reports that an average of 25-40% more waste is being recovered in recycling facilities around the world that use its tech.


Hittin’ the Sim: NVIDIA’s Matt Cragun on Conditioning Autonomous Vehicles in Simulation - Ep. 185

Training, testing and validating autonomous vehicles requires a continuous pipeline — or data factory — to introduce new scenarios and refine deep neural networks. A key component of this process is simulation. AV developers can test a virtually limitless number of scenarios, repeatably and at scale, with high-fidelity, physically based simulation. And like much of the technology related to AI, simulation is constantly evolving and improving, getting ever nearer to closing the gap between the real and virtual worlds. NVIDIA DRIVE Sim, built on Omniverse, provides a virtual proving ground for AV testing and validation. It’s a highly accurate simulation platform with the ability to enable groundbreaking tools, including synthetic data generation and neural reconstruction, to build digital twins of driving environments and scenarios. Matt Cragun, senior product manager for AV simulation at NVIDIA, joined the AI Podcast to discuss the development of simulation for self-driving technology, detailing the origins and inner workings of DRIVE Sim. He also provided a sneak peek into the frontiers researchers are exploring for this critical testing and validation technology.


WSC Sports’ Amos Bercovich on How AI Keeps the Sports Highlights Coming - Ep. 183

Doesn’t matter if you love hockey, basketball, or soccer. Thanks to the Internet, there's never been a better time to be a sports fan. But how are all of these craveable video packages made? Editing together so many social media clips, long-form YouTube highlights and other videos from global sporting events is no easy feat. That's where auto-magical video solutions help. And by auto-magical, of course, we mean AI-powered. On this episode of the AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz spoke with Amos Bercovich, algorithm group leader at WSC Sports, makers of an AI cloud platform that enables over 200 sports organizations worldwide to generate personalized and customized sports videos automatically and in real time. Bercovich spoke about the technological highlights behind your favorite highlight reels.


AI-Equipped Drones Could Offer Real-Time Updates on Endangered African Black Rhinos - Ep. 182

In the latest example of how researchers are using the latest technologies to track animals less invasively, a team of researchers has proposed harnessing high-flying AI-equipped drones powered to track the endangered black rhino through the wilds of Namibia. In a paper published earlier this year in the journal PeerJ, the researchers show the potential of drone-based AI to identify animals in even the remotest areas and provide real-time updates on their status from the air. While drones — and technology of just about every kind — have been harnessed to track African wildlife, the proposal promises to help gamekeepers move faster to protect rhinos and other megafauna from poachers. AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz spoke to two of the authors of the paper. Zoey Jewel is co founder and president of wild, a global network of biologists and conservationists dedicated to non invasive wildlife monitoring techniques. And Alice Hua is a recent graduate of the School of Information at UC Berkeley in California, and an ML platform engineer at CrowdStrike. And for more, read the full paper at


How Tarteel Uses AI to Help Arabic Learners Perfect Their Pronunciation - Ep. 181

There are some 1.8 billion Muslims, but only 16% or so of them speak Arabic, the language of the Quran. This is in part due to the fact that many Muslims struggle to find qualified instructors to give them feedback on their Quran recitation. Enter today’s guest and his company Tarteel, a member of the NVIDIA Inception program for startups. Tarteel was founded with the mission of strengthening the relationship Muslims have with the Quran. The company is accomplishing this with a fusion of Islamic principles and cutting-edge technology. AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz spoke with Tarteel CEO Anas Abou Allaban, to learn more.


Researchers Use AI to Help Earbud Users Mute Background Noise - Ep. 180

Thanks to earbuds, people can take calls anywhere, while doing anything. The problem: those on the other end of the call can hear all the background noise, too, whether it’s the roommate’s vacuum cleaner or neighboring conversations at a café. Now, work by a trio of graduate students at the University of Washington, who spent the pandemic cooped up together in a noisy apartment, lets those on the other end of the call hear just the speaker — rather than all the surrounding sounds. Users found that the system, dubbed “ClearBuds” — presented last month at the ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services — improved background noise suppression much better than a commercially available alternative. AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz caught up with the team at ClearBuds to discuss the unlikely pandemic-time origin story behind a technology that promises to make calls clearer and easier, wherever we go.


Overjet's Ai Wardah Inam on Bringing AI to Dentistry - Ep. 179

Dentists get a bad rap. Dentists also get more people out of more aggravating pain than just about anyone. Which is why the more technology dentists have, the better. Overjet, a member of the NVIDIA Inception program for startups, is moving fast to bring AI to dentists’ offices. On this episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz talks to Dr. Wardah Inam, CEO of Overjet, about how her company uses AI to improve patient care. Overjet’s AI-powered technology analyzes and annotates X-rays for dentists and insurance providers. It’s a step that promises to take the subjectivity out of X-ray interpretations, boosting medical services.


Reinventing the Wheel: Gatik’s Apeksha Kumavat Accelerates Autonomous Delivery - Ep. 178

As consumers expect faster, cheaper deliveries, companies are turning to AI to rethink how they move goods. Foremost among these new systems are “hub-and-spoke,” or middle-mile, operations, where companies place distribution centers closer to retail operations for quicker access to inventory. However, faster delivery is just part of the equation. These systems must also be low cost for consumers. Autonomous delivery company Gatik seeks to provide lasting solutions for faster and cheaper shipping. By automating the routes between the hub — the distribution center — and the spokes — retail stores — these operations can run around the clock efficiently and with minimal investment. Gatik co-founder and Chief Engineer Apeksha Kumavat joined NVIDIA’s Katie Burke Washabaugh on the latest episode of the AI Podcast to walk through how the company is developing autonomous trucks for middle-mile delivery.