Machine Ethics podcast

Ben Byford and friends

News, explanation and Interviews with academics, authors, business leaders, creatives and engineers on the subject of autonomous algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, technology ethics and more.

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This month we're chatting with Maria Luciana Axente about responsible AI, defining AI ethic terms and collaboration, where does the interest in AI ethics come from within organisations, how is it ethics for AI is related to good business outcomes, the connection of ethics and risk and much more...

Aug 31

63 min

This month we go back to our roots with an episode about Machine Ethics with Rebecca Raper. We chat about Moral machines and why make them, morals as constraints, moral capacity and approaches to machine ethics, machine moral ontologies, legislation vs innovation and more...

Aug 4

54 min

This month we're zooming with David Yakobovitch, chatting about data science education, where is the industry going, the importance of data protection and ethics, transhumanism and discrimination, reimagining the world after covid and much more.

Jun 30

46 min

This month we're speaking to Olivia Gambelin about: what should and shouldnt be automated, the importance of human connection, call for ethics, what are ethics, where is value created in data, probability intuition of automated cars and the the moral gap, and more.

May 4

52 min

This month we're speaking to both Eva Jäger & Mercedes Bunz on the topic of AI in Art. We discuss AI design interfaces, artificial stupidity, AI and the art market, the curation of AI art, the creative AI lab at the Serpentine Gallery a space for learning collaboration, work in progress and tools...

Apr 20

39 min

This month we're talking to Rohin Shah about alignment problems in AI, constraining AI behaviour, current AI vs future AI, recommendation algorithms and extremism, appropriate uses of AI, the fuzziness of fairness, and Rohin’s love of coordination problems.

Mar 11

38 min

This month I'm talking to the lovely Rishal Hurbans about the AI scene in South Africa, ethics as an important part of the intro to the book Grokking AI Algorithms, what Black Mirror can teach us about AI, going past ethical principles, why expert systems were omitted from the book and much more.

Feb 7

47 min

This month I'm talking to the prolific John Danaher about cyborg and digital utopias, why you should hate your job, the idea of robot tax, behaviourism, and theories of moral standing.

Jan 14

45 min

This month we're talking to the gracious Bertram Malle about social robots, whether people react differently to robots in different context, how can we build trust and destroy it, explainable AI, what is a moral robot, possible futures, and much more...

Nov 2019

62 min

This month we're talking to John C. Havens about his work on IEEE's ethically aligned design, human rights & access to and data agency, signalling a persons values in respect to their personal data, GDP being an insignificant metric for our future, making sure no one is left out of the room when designing technology, and more...

Nov 2019

56 min

This month we're talking to the amazing Marija Slavkovik about a new language for talking about machine intelligence, expert systems and AI history, unchecked bot networks on the internet, how our technology doesn’t work for us, collective reasoning & judgment aggregation.

Sep 2019

53 min

This month I have a lovely chat with Rob McCargow Director of AI at PWC. We chat AI modelling unintended consequences, AI ethics audits, working with companies with dubious intentions, what we should be teaching our children, a recipe for an AI future mitigating job displacement and much more.

Jul 2019

46 min

This month I'm releasing two episodes, the first of which is a bonus episode recorded at ORGcon2019. I talk to the audience and speakers of ORGcon about human rights, privacy, face recognition, ethical relativism, whistleblowing, AI auditing and GDPR and much more.

Jul 2019

46 min

I met Kate in person in Bristol. We discussed chatbots in sex-tech, the complexity of human intimacy and technology, taboos in sex-tech, how sex tech can be a positive enabling industry, deepfakes and more.

Jul 2019

46 min

This month I had a great time chatting with Jacob Turner about recent AI news like openAI GTP-2, some robo-ethics and law, overarching prinicples of AI, professionalising standards and licensing for data scientists, creating institutions capable of democratic principle creation, and doing regulation well to actually encourage innovation and growth.

May 2019

49 min

Lovely chat with Julia Mossbridge this month, talking about the role of parenting in AI, considering that some kids are "jerks" should we have a new turing test for AI responsibility, the importance of inner emotional states, behaviourism poisoning science, and the acknowagement that we may have to use our intuition to know when an AI is concious.

May 2019

44 min

Great speaking with Pete this month about human focused AI and his book Hippo: The Human Focused Digital Book, helping businesses get prepared and take advantage of AI, the importance and power of asking: why? And much more.

Apr 2019

49 min

This month I'm joined by Cennydd Bowles who I've been meaning to get on the podcast for over a year. We talk about his book Future Ethics, collective action in the tech industry, ethical design sprints and crits, design fictions to bring ethical thinking to the general public (think Black mirror), the law of double affect, and the tech industry and climate change.

Feb 2019

48 min

This month I'm joined by Dan Faggella of Emerj to chat about AI events, our post-human trajectory, AI ethicists and their possible higher position, conversations with governments and advising companies on the best uses of AI.

Jan 2019

53 min

This month I'm talking with Miranda Mowbray on: cyber security and machine learning, big data ethical code of conduct, sitting down as a team to discuss ethical issues in data projects, respecting the people who’s data you might be using, not collecting data you don't need and deleting things, and much more.

Nov 2018

40 min

This is a very special episode of interviews with various participants of this year's A.I. retreat at Juvet, Norway. 21 of us spent 4 days in remote Norway workshopping, chatting, hiking and arguing on subjects of AI, ethics, data science, consciousness and more.

Sep 2018

61 min

This month I'm talking with Derek Leben about his new book Ethics for Robots: How to Design a Moral Algorithm. We also dive into a general framework for machine ethics, contractarianism, Rawls’ original position thought experiment (which is one of my favourite ethical thought experiments), maximin function approach to machine ethics, and whether robots should respect the consent of a person in life threatening circumstances...

Aug 2018

55 min

This month is (sort of) part 2 of our two part look at AI in Culture. Chris and I take an extended look at how science fiction portray technology from the realistic to law of nature breaking mythos. Our chat meanders from film to TV and includes: Psycho pass, Person of interest, Rick and Morty episode: The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Buck Rogers, Rossum's Universal Robots, 2001: a space odyssey, Moon, iRobot (film and book), The Animatrix, Her, Futurama, Robot and Frank, Big hero 6, Colossus: The Forbin Project

Aug 2018

62 min

This month is part one of a loose series on the history of AI in Culture. In Part 1 I talk to Tim Taylor about his upcoming book on evolving machines before the 1950s, at length about genetic algorithms and their environments, as well as Descartes notion of animals as machines, machine and human co-evolution and much more. I also started a new AI consultancy for companies looking to implement responsible AI - www.ethicalby.design

Jul 2018

46 min

It is my honour to speak with Professor Luciano Floridi this month on subjects like information philosophy: “philosophy or our time, for our time”; understanding that mistakes happen in technology whether they’re design issues, bugs or oversights at big companies; what is the meaning of life in the digital world? And much much more.

Jun 2018

38 min

This month, with the lead up to the new GDPR European personal data legislation coming in, we talk to digital rights campaigner Ruth Coustick-Deal on everything personal data.

Apr 2018

58 min

This month I interview Greg Edwards to get to grips with the basics of machine learning. We look at the history of AI, what machine learning consists, try to describe how neuronets work, and discover the new and interesting ideas in AI research.

Mar 2018

55 min

This month I speak to Charles Radclyffe in Bristol's Engine Shed about dubious business models exploiting technology, differing narratives of tech ethics, using the court for automated car law preemptively and much more.

Jan 2018

68 min

This episode I share the interviewer responsibilities with Conscious Cities' podcaster Josh Artus. I get to ask Josh some questions and Josh has some for me (Ben Byford). We chatted about: AI data misrepresentation, bias and misuse; mindful technology implementation; using AI for things other than tricking people into looking at adverts; EEG misrepresentation; Bristol is Open and technology used in the public section in our cities; and much more.

Nov 2017

65 min

Discussing almost coining Machine Ethics, Big Data and social sciences not having the answer to AI ethics, prima facie duties and robots, everything is going to have to have some ethic, and AI as the continuation of humanity into space.

Oct 2017

58 min

This month I'm talking to Michael Ludden about his work at IBM, what the hell Watson is, AI in culture and creating a positive cultural AI view, as well as using AI in AR and VR projects.

Aug 2017

40 min

I talk to Alan about how humans should innovate ethically, different standards and the role of standards for designing and building robots, how autonomous systems should be transparent, and how studying robotics enables us to peer into our own behaviours and intelligence.

Jul 2017

43 min

This month I travel to CogX 2017 in London to do a special report from the conference floor. This episode is a collection of bits of talks and sessions, vox-pops from the CogX attendees and our thoughts on the show.

Jun 2017

66 min

I chat to Rob about what mind models people have of robots if any? Principles of robotics for creators, intelligence: doing the right thing at the right time, embodied or distributed robots, robot transparency and much more.

Apr 2017

63 min

Clips from 2016 interviews with Nick Reed, Calum Chace, Cosima Gretton, Lydia Nicholas, Lucy McCormick, Matthew Channon, Sam Hill, and Sam Kinsley.

Mar 2017

32 min

Interview with Dr Joanna J Bryson talking about her work at Bath University, the new principles of robotics, qualifying definitions of AI, the ethical paradox of living forever, AI as slaves, while trying not to mention Donald Trump.

Mar 2017

68 min

Interview with Sam Kinsley on AI in Geography, ways of talking about and exploring possibilities of technologies within space, how we talk about technologies in culture, and about the apparent technology optimism in Silicon Valley.

Dec 2016

55 min

Interview with Sam Hill on Machine suffering, Social / emotional machines, What is AI? Smart machines with dumb jobs, games and simulation, this week's AI news and creating a computer narrative immersive theatre production.

Oct 2016

40 min

Interview with Matthew Channon talking about EU and UK car legislation for automated cars, insurance industry and automated cars, central governmental insurance fund, car loop systems, cross border insurance, strict liability and much more.

Sep 2016

47 min

Interview with Lucy McCormick talking about her book on the law of driverless cars, the Google and Tesla car crashes, autonomous car insurance legislation, the Queen's modern transport bill, and much more.

Jul 2016

45 min

Podcast 4. Talking with Lydia Nicholas on adaptive systems, story telling, machine learning regulation, and managing data bias.

Jun 2016

38 min

Chatting with Dr Cosima Gretton on AI, Health care and it's current cost structure and technologies, Ethics in education and more...

May 2016

44 min

We discuss differring types of AI and future scenarios, the end of Moore's Law, the possibilities of 'friendly' AI, China's Sesame project and Calum's Books.

Mar 2016

40 min

Chat with Nick Reed of TRL - we ask hard questions about how the UK are testing automated cars today, discuss recent AI news, blue sky thinking, and chat neural networks and genetic algorithms.

Mar 2016

37 min

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