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Understanding AI Without a Computer Science Degree

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Episode 301
April 23, 2024
00:58:37
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Hosted by Dave Levine

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Generative AI’s proliferation presents new issues for society, but explaining those issues is incredibly complex. Can those issues be resolved without clear public understanding of how AI works? On this Hearsay Culture Radio episode, we invited University of Arizona computer science professor Mihai Surdeanu, co-author of the book Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing, A Gentle Introduction, published by Cambridge (with Marco Antonio Valenzuela-Escárcega). This exceptionally readable book explains the structure and intricacies of natural language processing and the neural networks that guide AI in a way that non-computer scientists can comprehend (to be sure, if the reader has a computer science background, one’s understanding would increase exponentially). Mihai and Dave define these processes clearly and go deep into the threats it presents with hallucinations (read: made up stuff), corporate control, and language disappearance.

“We have now turned AI development into an arms race.”

-Mihai Surdeanu

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche 

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ABOUT THE GUEST

Mihai Surdeanu

Mihai Surdeanu is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Arizona and chief scientist at lum.ai. He previously worked as a research scientist in the NLP group at Stanford and as chief scientist of Lex Machina. His work focuses on systems that process and interpret meaning from natural language texts.
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Dave Levine

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DAVID LEVINE

Dave Levine is the founder and host of Hearsay Culture. He is a Professor at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (Stanford Law School). From 2014-2017, he was a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is also the co-author of Information Law, Governance, and Cybersecurity (West 2019). A regular contributor to Slate, Dave has been published in leading newspapers, websites, and academic journals in the US and EU.

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