AI is no longer a figment of the imagination.   We are all using AI every day, whether we know it or not. Despite its prominence in daily life, AI still remains a mystery to many.  In this episode of Mind the Gap, Dr. Stuart Feldman, a prominent computer scientist, will help us better understand what AI is and is not, how it can be used, and its broad impact.

So far, advances in AI are not bringing us real “intelligence.”  Rather, these advances are bringing us a key part of intelligence: prediction.  This enables businesses to make predictions faster and more precisely to improve their business models and marketplace advantage. In this episode of Mind the Gap, Avi Goldfarb, an economist at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and one of the authors of “Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence,” will explain the economics of AI and how it can lead to better and cheaper predictions.

Good credit impacts whether you can rent an apartment, take out a mortgage or car loan, or in some instances, receive a job offer. Financial institutions are increasingly utilizing AI to analyze non-traditional data sources, such as standardized test scores, to assess a borrower’s risk profile. In this episode of Mind the Gap, Dr. Talia Gillis, Professor of Law at Columbia University, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of AI-based lending.

In the early-eighteenth century, Rembrandt’s largest and most famous painting, The Night Watch, was cut down on all sides to fit on a wall in Amsterdam’s City Hall.  The removed pieces were never recovered. In this episode of Mind the Gap, Rob Erdmann, Senior Scientist at Rijksmuseum and Professor at the Rijksmuseum and Professor at the University of Amsterdam, walks us through how museum scientists trained AI to successfully paint like Rembrandt to reconstruct the lost fragments of this masterpiece more than 300 years later.

A supermassive black hole is estimated to be a million or a billion times bigger than the Sun, but no one truly yet understands the origins of these massive phenomena. In this episode of Mind the Gap, Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist and research fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford University, describes how AI is helping to answer fundamental questions about the formation and evolution of black holes and their connection to the development of galaxies.

From self-driving cars to voice automation in homes, inventors are developing ambitious AI technologies that will continue to impact the ways in which we learn, work, communicate, and travel. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the number of AI-related patents increased at an astonishing number, from 4,598 in 2008 to 20,639 in 2018. In this episode of Mind the Gap, Rama Elluru, a former Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO, and Christian Hannon, a patent attorney in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, share their perspectives on how AI is impacting patent law and the inventor community.

In this episode of Mind the Gap we talk with the President of Harvey Mudd College, Dr. Maria Klawe, who has had a distinguished career as a theoretical computer scientist, scholar, and college administrator.  Dr. Klawe is also a gifted painter -- a watercolorist.  And she has been painting for longer than she has been a computer scientist.  In this episode we explore with Dr Klawe her widely admired paintings and her use of technology to help her focus her artistic vision.

Episode 8:  “STAT” AI Helps Stroke Specialists Speed Response

Strokes are one of the most frightening of maladies, striking as they do at the brain, the center of personhood.  In this episode of Mind the Gap we talk with the founder and leader of one of the leading stroke centers, Dr Stanley Tuhrim of the Mount Sinai Comprehensive Stroke Center in New York City.  Mount Sinai’s Stroke Centers have been leading adopters of powerful AI techniques, the first ever approved by the FDA for clinical application.

Episode 9: Too Many Stars!  Too Many Galaxies!  How to choose what to look at?

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, located high in the Andes in Chile, is expected to be operational near the end of 2023.  The Rubin’s wide-field reflecting telescope will scan the entire southern sky every few nights.  Our guest, Harvard Professor of Astronomy Edo Berger, is a leader in the Rubin Observatory’s work and will be our guide to what is intriguing in deep space, and how AI will help astronomers navigate this ocean of images.

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