Artificial intelligence is taking over our lives. We’re the MIT Technology Review team who created a podcast about it, “In Machines We Trust.” Ask us anything!
Some of the most important decisions in our lives are being made by artificial intelligence, determining things like who gets into college, lands a job, receives medical care, or goes to jail—often without us having any clue.
In the podcast, “In Machines We Trust,” host Jennifer Strong and the team at MIT Technology Review explore the powerful ways that AI is shaping modern life. In this Reddit AMA, Strong, artificial-intelligence writers Karen Hao and Will Douglas Heaven, and data and audio reporter Tate-Ryan Mosley can answer your questions about all the amazing and creepy ways the world is getting automated around us. We’d love to discuss everything from facial recognition and other surveillance tech to autonomous vehicles, how AI could help with covid-19 and the latest breakthroughs in machine learning—plus the looming ethical issues surrounding all of this. Ask them anything!
If this is your first time hearing about “In Machines We Trust,” you can listen to the show here. In season one, we meet a man who was wrongfully arrested after an algorithm led police to his door and speak with the most controversial CEO in tech, part of our deep dive into the rise of facial recognition. Throughout the show, we hear from cops, doctors, scholars, and people from all walks of life who are reckoning with the power of AI.
Giving machines the ability to learn has unlocked a world filled with dazzling possibilities and dangers we’re only just beginning to understand. This world isn’t our future—it’s here. We’re already trusting AI and the people who wield it to do the right thing, whether we know it or not. It’s time to understand what’s going on, and what happens next. That starts with asking the right questions.