Feeling overwhelmed about what artificial intelligence means for the future? Maybe you’ve avoided learning more about it because it makes you anxious. Alternatively, you might be excited about what chatbots can do and want to learn more. No matter how you feel about this technological development, it seems everyone is talking about it, and you’re definitely not alone.
That’s likely why so many podcasts are sharing the best available information on what AI means for society. Ahead, we’ve gathered seven episodes that dig into the rise of AI from a variety of angles, so you can be well-informed on what’s coming next.
If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to tell if something was written by AI or not, this podcast has some answers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant puts ChatGPT and other similar tools to the test and digs into just how trustworthy AI is when used as a shortcut for researching and writing. Listen in to learn more about bot hallucinations and the art of prompting for the content you need.
In this episode, the Guardian looks into how AI-powered chatbots are being used for everything from customer service support to mental health advice. For those particularly worried about what the rise of AI might mean for their career prospects, this 30-minute discussion starts to look into the answers.
Schools and academia are another area where there are big questions about the impact of artificial intelligence. Is it even possible to tell if a paper was written by a bot? Will students use AI to solve tough math problems? The New York Times’ podcast explores how universities and educators across the U.S. are putting this fast-developing technology to use, and what types of rules and regulations they’re recommending for students and teachers alike.
In a (seemingly rare) positive spin on AI’s rapid development, the Washington Post discusses how technology can replicate people’s voices, providing a long-awaited personalized alternative for those who would typically no longer be able to talk due to illness.
You’ve probably seen deep fakes floating around on social media. But what are they, exactly, and why are they so believable? In this conversation, an AI developer shares how we as a society can prepare for hyperreal content (think: voice cloning and face swapping), its legal implications, and what to do when you can’t tell what’s real from what’s, well, fake.
What will AI’s impact be on women? Because if gender bias exists in society, and bots learn from materials created by society, it’s highly likely some of the same issues will persist — and might even be magnified — as AI becomes more ingrained in our daily lives. At the same time, AI may help save women’s lives by diagnosing diseases like breast cancer more efficiently. This episode also includes a dialogue with an ultra-realistic robot, in case you’re curious about what their conversational skills are like.