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A biweekly podcast about conversational AI brought to you by the Rasa team. Expect discussions about open source, applied research and how our community of makers is building accessible AI.
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Getting into ML research, multimodal agents and the many uses of seq2seq models
In today's episode, senior developer advocate Rachael talks with researcher Dr. Victor Dibia about how he got into machine learning, multimodal agents and the many uses of sequence to sequence models. Stay tuned to the end to help us shoutout our newest Rasa contributors!  Rasa Chats is a biweekly podcast about conversational AI brought to you by the Rasa team. Expect discussions about open source, applied research and how our community of makers is building accessible AI.
45:07
June 2, 2021
Who Does NLP Work For, Fairness and Access
Apologies for the audio issues: Rachael's noise cancelling filter was also apparently cancelling parts of her actual speech and it didn't show up in the test recording. In today's episode, senior developer advocate Rachael talks with researcher Dr. Su Lin Blodgett from Microsoft Research about who NLP technology works for, fairness and access. Stay tuned to the end to help us shoutout our newest Rasa contributors!
46:08
May 5, 2021
Open Source Speech Technology
In today's episode, Head of Evangelism, Mady Mantha talks with Josh Meyer, Mozilla Fellow and co-founder of Coqui, about how he got into speech technology, the current state of affairs of open source speech tech and evaluating speech systems. They also discuss common challenges and applications for the enterprise.
46:03
April 21, 2021
Contributing to Rasa, Embedded devices, Voice
In today's episode, senior developer advocate Rachael talks with Rasa superhero Julian Gerhard about contributing to Rasa, building an assistant to run on a Raspberry PI and the challenges of voice-based conversational assistants.  Stay tuned to the end to help us shoutout our newest Rasa contributors!
51:15
April 7, 2021
Spelling errors, Getting into NLP, Developer Relations behind the scenes
In today's episode, senior developer advocate Rachael talks with Rasa developer advocate Vincent D. Warmerdam about how spelling errors, how he got into NLP and a little bit of behind the scenes of developer relations at Rasa.  Stay tuned to the end to help us shoutout our newest Rasa contributors!
35:20
March 10, 2021
Build Sticky Technical Products
Join Mady Mantha as she talks with Adam Thomas, Principal at Approaching One, about how to build lasting technical products. Adam's work can be found here: http://www.theadamthomas.com
36:21
February 24, 2021
NLP Ethics and What Neural Language Models Can't Do
Join Rachael as she talks with Dr. Emily Bender from the University of Washington about ethics in NLP, who's responsible for what agents do and say and the limits of large neural language models.
54:55
February 10, 2021
Applying Conversational AI in the Enterprise
Launching conversational AI in the enterprise depends on many things that are essential for successful adoption and delivering value.  In this episode, join Senior Product Evangelist Mady Mantha, and Developer Marketing Manager, Karen White, talk about why enterprises need conversational AI teams, real user data and insights, and a unique approach to launch assistants that can handle mission-critical tasks. Links you'll want to check out: https://blog.rasa.com/project-management-for-conversational-ai-teams-template/ https://rasa.com/summit/
35:33
January 27, 2021
Non-Traditional Paths into Tech, Evaluating ML Systems, Technical Writing
Join Rachael as she chats with Alise Otilia Ramirez, Senior Analytics Engineer at Netflix as they talk about transitioning into tech with a non-traditional background, analytics vs. modelling in data science, data bias and literacy, the ethical role of data scientists and BlackTIDES, an organization amplifying Black voices in Technology, Informatics, Data Science, Epidemiology, & Social Science.  Follow Alise on twitter: https://twitter.com/import_alise, Follow BlackTIDES: https://twitter.com/BlackTIDES1
30:39
January 13, 2021
Topic modelling for non-ML folks and privacy in text
Join Rachael as she chats with Xanda Schofield, assistant professor at Harvey Mudd College, about  topic modelling tools for folks outside of machine learning, building conversational AI that works for everyone and preserving privacy in text data. More resources from Dr. Schofield: On LDA tools: our project for figuring out LDA tools is based on a web project called jsLDA (https://mimno.infosci.cornell.edu/jsLDA/) started by Prof. David Mimno that gives a simple UI and tutorialization for LDA. The new version is still in the works, but for more on what we're doing, you can check out this video from West Coast NLP 2020: https://youtu.be/wuGcGIKzSoU  On privacy: Dr. Latanya Sweeney has a lot of practical resources available for asking questions and testing out notions of privacy at http://latanyasweeney.org, including a simulator of the "age, gender, zip code" test I described at https://aboutmyinfo.org.
45:24
December 17, 2020
Building Enterprise-grade AI assistants in Production
In today's episode, senior technical evangelist Mady Mantha is joined by Heather Nolis, senior ML engineer from T-Mobile. Tune in to learn about how Heather and her team have built an enterprise-grade scalable AI assistant in production using Rasa and Rasa X. Heather and Mady discuss challenges of scaling conversational projects, using real-world data to make continuous improvements, and other exciting topics.
39:02
December 2, 2020
From Rasa Newbie to Hero 🦸🏻‍♀️
In today's episode, senior developer advocate Rachael talks with Rasa Hero Vishnu Priya about how she got started with Rasa, her path to becoming a Rasa Hero, and how open source can help you level up your career.  Stay tuned to the end to hear about some of the awesome stuff Rasa community members have been getting up to lately!  Rasa Chats is a biweekly podcast about conversational AI brought to you by the Rasa team. Expect discussions about open source, applied research and how our community of makers is building accessible AI.
20:56
November 18, 2020
Building Resilient NLP Applications
In today's episode, senior technical evangelist Mady Mantha is joined by Ines Montani and Matthew Honnibal, co-founders of Explosion, a software company that specializes in developer tools for Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications, and core contributors to spaCy, an open-source software library for advanced NLP. Join in to learn about how to build resilient NLP applications, some challenges and pitfalls developers typically experience, and some ways to overcome them.
01:04:08
November 4, 2020
Developing a bot to help people experiencing homelessness
In today's episode, senior developer advocate Rachael Tatman is joined by  Alex Zvaniga, Full Stack Developer at Ample Labs (https://www.amplelabs.co/) to talk about Chalmers (https://chalmers.amplelabs.co/), a chatbot to help connect people experiencing homelessness with the resources they need. Tune in for more information on Chalmers, a discussion of accessibility in chatbot design, and advice for anyone developing similar chatbots. Stay tuned to the end to hear about some of the awesome stuff Rasa community members have been getting up to lately!  Rasa Chats is a biweekly podcast about conversational AI brought to you by the Rasa team. Expect discussions about open source, applied research and how our community of makers is building accessible AI.
29:39
October 21, 2020
Machine Learning Ops
In today's episode, technical evangelist Mady Mantha is joined by Hamel Husain, a staff machine learning engineer at GitHub. Join in to learn about machine learning ops and how you can use it to make it easier for ML to work in production.  Stay tuned to the end to hear about some of the awesome stuff Rasa community members have been up to lately!
39:22
October 7, 2020
Hate Speech and Abuse
In today's episode, developer advocate Dr. Rachael Tatman is joined by Zeerak Waseem, a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, and Elayne Ruane, a PhD researcher University College Dublin and LERO, who both work on hate speech and abusive language.  Join in to learn why conversational AI systems receive abuse, some tactics for handling it and why common approaches to detecting it sometimes backfire. Stay tuned to the end to hear about some of the awesome stuff Rasa community members have been getting up to lately!
43:09
September 23, 2020