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O'Reilly Radar tracks the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. Each episode of O'Reilly Radar features an interview with an industry thought leader, with topics touching on everything from programming to mobile devices to the future of publishing. We also take a step back from the breathless pace of the latest tech news to examine why new developments are important and what they might mean down the road.


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O'Reilly Radar tracks the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. Each episode of O'Reilly Radar features an interview with an industry thought leader, with topics touching on everything from programming to mobile devices to the future of publishing. We also take a step back from the breathless pace of the latest tech news to examine why new developments are important and what they might mean down the road.






Aman Naimat on building a knowlege graph of the entire business world

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: The maturity of AI in enterprise, bridging the AI gaps, and what the U.S. can do with $4 trillion. This week, I sit down with Aman Naimat, senior vice president of technology at Demandbase, and co-founder and CTO of Spiderbook. We talk about his project to build a knowledge graph of the entire business world using natural language processing and deep learning. We also talk about the role AI is playing in those companies today and what’s going to drive AI...


AI adoption at the atomic level of jobs and work

O'Reilly Radar Podcast: David Beyer on AI adoption challenges, the complexities of getting an AI ROI, and the dangers of hype. This week, I sit down with David Beyer, an investor with Amplify Partners. We talk about machine learning and artificial intelligence, the challenges he’s seeing in AI adoption, and what he thinks is missing from the AI conversation. Here are a few highlights: Complexities of AI adoption AI adoption is actually a multifaceted question. It's something that...


Sara Watson on optimizing personalized experiences

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Turning personalization into a two-way conversation. In this week's Radar Podcast, O’Reilly’s Mac Slocum chats with Sara Watson, a technology critic and writer in residence at Digital Asia Hub. Watson is also a research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia and an affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. They talk about how to optimize personalized experience for consumers, the role of machine learning...


Tom Davenport on mitigating AI's impact on jobs and business

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: The value humans bring to AI, guaranteed job programs, and the lack of AI productivity. This week, I sit down with Tom Davenport. Davenport is a professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, the co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, a fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business, and a senior advisor for Deloitte Analytics. He also pioneered the concept of “competing on analytics.” We talk about how his ideas have...


Genevieve Bell on moving from human-computer interactions to human-computer relationships

The O’Reilly Radar Podcast: AI on the hype curve, imagining nurturing technology, and gaps in the AI conversation. This week, I sit down with anthropologist, futurist, Intel Fellow, and director of interaction and experience research at Intel, Genevieve Bell. We talk about what she’s learning from current AI research, why the resurgence of AI is different this time, and five things that are missing from the AI conversation. Here are some highlights: AI’s place on the wow-ahh-hmm curve...


Pagan Kennedy on how people find, invent, and see opportunities nobody else sees

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: The art and science of fostering serendipity skills. On this week's episode of the Radar Podcast, O'Reilly's Mac Slocum chats with award-winning author Pagan Kennedy about the art and science of serendipity—how people find, invent, and see opportunities nobody else sees, and why serendipity is actually a skill rather than just dumb luck. Here are some highlights: The roots of serendipity It's really helpful to go back to the original definition of...


Giles Colborne on AI's move from academic curiosity to mainstream tech

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Designing for mainstream AI, natural language interfaces, and the importance of reinventing yourself. This week we're featuring a conversation from earlier this year—O'Reilly's Mary Treseler chats with Giles Colborne, managing director of cxpartners. They talk about the transformative effects of AI on design, designing for natural language interactions, and why designers need to nurture the ability to reinvent themselves. The conditions are ripe for AI to...


Fang Yu on using data analytics to catch constantly evolving fraudsters

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Big data for security, challenges in fraud detection, and the growing complexity of fraudster behavior. This week, I sit down with Fang Yu, cofounder and CTO of DataVisor, where she focuses on big data for security. We talk about the current state of the fraud landscape, how fraudsters are evolving, and how data analytics and behavior analysis can help defend against—and prevent—attacks. Here are some highlights from our chat: Challenges in using supervised...


Hilary Mason on the wisdom missing in the AI conversation

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Thinking critically about AI, modeling language, and overcoming hurdles. This week, I sit down with Hilary Mason, who is a data scientist in residence at Accel Partners and founder and CEO of Fast Forward Labs. We chat about current research projects at Fast Forward Labs, adoption hurdles companies face with emerging technologies, and the AI technology ecosystem—what's most intriguing for the short term and what will have the biggest long-term impact. Here are...


Richard Cook and David Woods on successful anomaly response

O'Reilly Radar Podcast: SNAFU Catchers, knowing how things work, and the proper response to system discrepancies. In this week's episode, O'Reilly's Mac Slocum sits down with Richard Cook and David Woods. Cook is a physician, researcher, and educator, who is currently a research scientist in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at Ohio State University, and emeritus professor of health care systems safety at Sweden’s KTH. Woods also is a professor at Ohio State University and...


Sam Wang on predicting the election, finding truth in mass media, and a new role for the cerebellum

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Prediction algorithms, cognitive biases, and how our brains come online. On this week's episode, I chat with Sam Wang, professor of neuroscience and molecular biology at Princeton. Wang is also a co-founder of the Princeton Election Consortium, a site focused on analyzing and predicting U.S. national elections. We talk about the site's prediction algorithm and this crazy election cycle, and the role neuroscience may have played. We also talk about the current...


John Bassett III on the global economy, the power of people, and how to make it in America

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Navigating the increasing globalization of industry and commerce. In this episode of the Radar Podcast, I chat with John Bassett III, chairman of the board of the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company. We talk about globalization and the effect it's had on the furniture industry, the international trade battle he waged (which was written about by Beth Macy in her book Factory Man), Bassett's book Making it in America, and what entrepreneurs need to know to succeed...


Haakon Faste on designing for a "post-human" world

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: perceptual robotics, post-evolutionary humans, and designing our future with intent. In this Radar Podcast episode, I chat with Haakon Faste, a design educator and innovation consultant. We talk about his interesting career path, including his perceptual robotics work, his teaching approaches, and his mission with the Ralf A. Faste Foundation. We also talk about navigating our way to a "post-human" world and the importance of designing to make the world a more...


Cory Doctorow on nascent pro-security industries

In this O’Reilly Radar Podcast: The impact of minimal IoT product security and the case for new pro-security business models. This week's Radar Podcast episode is a special cross-over edition from the O'Reilly Security Podcast, which you can find on iTunes, Stitcher, RSS, or SoundCloud. O'Reilly strategic content director Courtney Nash chats with Cory Doctorow, a journalist, activist and science fiction writer. They talk about nascent pro-security industries, the EFF's lawsuit against the...


Alyona Medelyan on applications of NLU

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Natural language understanding and natural language processing applications, our future with chatbots, and open source indexing. This week, I talk with Alyona Medelyan, co-founder and CEO at Thematic and founder and CEO at Entopix. We talk about natural language understanding, the challenges of analyzing unstructured text, and her open source indexing tool Maui that she's been working on for the past 10 years. Here are some highlights: Use cases of Natural...


Designing better security outcomes for human beings

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Eleanor Saitta on security countermeasures at the human level, the relationship between security and design, and understanding security design as a separate discipline. This week's episode features a special cross-over conversation from the O'Reilly Security Podcast, which you can find on Stitcher, iTunes, SoundCloud, or RSS. O'Reilly's Courtney Nash chats with Eleanor Saitta, a security architect at Etsy. They talk about the importance of thinking of security...


Othman Laraki on achieving the long-tail distribution of genetic insights

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Color Genomics, genetic testing access, and the future of precision medicine. This week, I chat with Othman Laraki, co-founder of Color Genomics. We chat about challenges and opportunities in genetic testing, the future of precision medicine, and the hurdles medicine and health care are currently facing (and how we can overcome them). Here are some highlights: Genetics testing for everyone Genetics, we felt, had come to a point where there was an opportunity...


Smart cities need to inject a dose of humanity to be truly great cities

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Conversations with Daniele Quercia and Frank Cuypers. This week's episode features two conversations I've had recently centered around smart cities. First, I chat with Daniele Quercia, research team lead at Bell Labs. We talk about research he's working on now; the launch of goodcitylife.org (including smelly maps and happy maps); why our use of technology shouldn't just aim to make a city smart, but to improve the day-to-day quality of life of it's citizens;...


Ame Elliott on making security usable and delightful

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: UX for security, architectural inspirations, and problem finding over problem solving. This week's episode is a cross-post from the O'Reilly Design Podcast. O'Reilly's Mary Treseler chats with Ame Elliott, design director at Simply Secure. They talk about security and privacy design, with a focus on the end user experience, and how to give designers a voice in changing the shape of a product and getting the right values out in the world. Elliott also talks...


Ben Lorica on the emergence of intelligent, real-time data applications

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Emerging themes in the data space. This week, O'Reilly's Mac Slocum chats with Ben Lorica, O'Reilly's chief data scientist and host of the O'Reilly Data Show Podcast. Lorica talks about emerging themes in the data space, from machine learning to deep learning to artificial intelligence, and how those technologies relate to one another and how they're fueling real-time data applications. Lorica also talks about how the concept of a data center is evolving, the...