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We Wonder Podcast

We Wonder Podcast

By Jason Schlachter
How will technology change the meaning of work? What does AI mean for humanity's future? Are we living in a simulation? What will healthcare look like in the future? Join us as we meet with engaging experts to explore questions like these and many more as we look at how science and technology will impact society in the near and distant future.
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15. How to secure AI against bad actors

We Wonder Podcast

15. How to secure AI against bad actors

We Wonder Podcast

19. Full Self Driving, Robots that Navigate Crowds, and Covert Robotics with Brian Satterfield
In this episode, we chat with Futurist and technology innovator, Brian Satterfield, about his role in the DARPA Urban Challenge, in building robots that can navigate dynamically in dense crowds of people, and about covert robots that don't want you to know they're there. Listen in for front line stories about what it's like to lead generation after next innovation for the Defense Department and the robotics community.
August 15, 2021
18. Medical Ethics and AI with Dr. John Banja
In this episode we're joined by the always insightful Dr. John Banja, Professor and Medical Ethicist at the Emory University Center for Ethics, host to his own podcast (AI, Radiology and Ethics) and author of multiple books on patient safety and healthcare system failures. We go deep on the future of healthcare, neuroscience, patient safety, and how our healthcare system fails us.
May 10, 2021
17. AI for Good with Michelle Yi
In this episode we're joined by the brilliant Michelle Yi from Slalom Consulting where she is the Practice Area Lead for their Global AI Center for Purpose and Founder of Slalom Innovation for Good. Her team takes 25% of profits from Slalom's commercial AI practice to fund projects that do good for humanity. Listen as we discuss what it means to do AI for Good and the steps we can take ensure our AI is ethical. Am I setting myself up for a future episode on AI for Bad? Let me know!
September 13, 2020
16. Why are animals social?
In this episode we sit down (recorded safely in pre-COVID19 times) with Georgia Tech Professor of Biology, Dr. Mike Goodisman to talk about how sociality, the degree to which individuals in an animal population tend to associate in social groups, has evolved, and how it affects evolution. Dr. Goodisman's focus is in social insects, and we dive deep into how insects have evolved complex social structures and behaviors, we explore the opportunities and perils of generalizing from his work into human social perspectives.
May 31, 2020
15. How to secure AI against bad actors
Security is an emergent property of good system design and engineering and it's no different with AI. Except it's totally different. In this episode we talk with Dr. Gary McGraw, a key voice in the software security world who has turned his focus to ML security. We discuss his recent publication in which he identifies a taxonomy of 78 particular risks to ML. Follow his work through his organization, the Berryville Institute of Machine Learning and access the paper here. 
April 10, 2020
14. Millipedes, Mars Rovers, and 3D Printed Robots - we explore complex Rheology and Biomechanics with Professor Daniel Goldman
Whew, what a title! In this episode we sit down with Professor Daniel Goldman from the Physics Department at Georgia Tech to discuss how the biomechanics of different organisms interact with complex and dynamic surfaces to enable locomotion. I had to opportunity to tour his lab and speak with each of his graduate students and they are doing some crazy stuff, from supporting NASA with inter-planetary rover design, to building pneumatic millipedes, to robotic particles that interact with each, advanced, and 3d printed robots are at the heart of much of the work happening in his CRAB lab ( Shout out about what you like about this episode or others
March 23, 2020
13. How AI helps your doctors to keep you healthy
In this episode, we sit down with Rachel Stuve, a healthcare analytics expert, to discuss the ways in which AI is changing healthcare delivery and outcomes as well as the barriers, disruptors, real-world applications, and ethics. And just when you think the show is over, we careen off the deep end on one of our favorite topics, Tesla! If you like this show, drop us a review or feedback!
March 05, 2020
12. Why do we buy the things we buy?
What drives us to buy the things we buy? How do we research the products we need, buy the products we don't need, and make decisions in a world where companies can use sophisticated technology to serve us with highly tailored information and ads? What will the future of buying be like as technology continues to march forward? We sit down to discuss this and more with my friend Mayukh Dass, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research and Professor of Marketing at Texas Tech University.
January 28, 2020
11. Why is governing AI so damn hard??
This episode is for everyone, regardless of technical depth, who has an interest in how our society and government are grappling with the changes that AI will bring to our world. We sit down with Mina Hanna, the Co-Chair of the Policy Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (i.e. AI) and discuss his work with the White House, Congress, the United Nations, and other organizations which develop and promote principles, policy and law around the ethics of AI. I promise, there's plenty of laughter and stories, so get lost in our conversation and we hope you enjoy!
January 21, 2020
10. A Smooth Criminal [0.87 Confidence]
If you were in jail, would you want AI deciding when you get out? Turns out that parole boards do a better job at releasing criminals when using AI as measured by re-arrest rates! But these systems need oversight and transparency and we must ensure they make our world better and not perpetuate historical bias. AI Criminologist (it's a thing!) Renée Cummings joins me on the podcast for an impassioned and informative conversation about how AI is changing our criminal justice system and how this can enable better outcomes but requires oversight and that everyone has a voice.
January 15, 2020
9. How an AI company used crowd funding to bring in big bucks from small investors
Andy Pandharikar, CEO of, and his team have raised millions in seed funding for their AI company by crowd sourcing it on rather than going to traditional venture capital firms. In this episode, Andy and Jason Schlachter chat about what does, and how Andy and his team managed to raise so much money from many small investors and how this lets him build his business differently. In the second half of this podcast, we discuss the nature of consciousness and AI, genetic engineering, cold fusion and much more in this fun conversation. Stick around to the end, and let us know your thoughts on these topics Reach out to Andy via or
January 06, 2020
8. Help, I'm stuck in a simulation!
Last year Elon Musk said we're probably living in a simulation, but he's not the only one to make such claims. Serious scientists at MIT and elsewhere see the evidence stacking up in favor of such a hypothesis. Is it simulations all the way down?? Join host, Jason Schlachter, and special guest Alexei Samoylov, AI practitioner and Physics prodigy as we discuss.
December 31, 2019
7. What we learned about AI at NeurIPS 2019, the largest AI conference in the world
Alexei Samoylov and Jason Schlachter go to the largest AI conference in the world, NeurIPS, where all the top universities and companies present their research. It was a week of hard core math and algorithms, but plenty of networking and socializing as well in beautiful Vancouver. In this episode, we discuss some of our most interesting insights and take aways about the current state of AI and the path towards safe, ethics, and positive AI for our society. This episode consists of audio from two YouTube videos we made, which can be found here:  Overall reflection - AI Ethics -
December 24, 2019
6. The age of virtual and augmented reality
Join Annie Eaton, CEO of Futurus, a virtual and augmented reality focused company, as we discuss their work on consumer products and perspectives on the ethics of VR. We also have a killer philosophical discuss around some rapid fire questions at the end. Stick around. It’s fun.  (Reach out to Annie @ Futurus
December 10, 2019
5. Look at all these things online!
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the buzz word for a massive effort to connect our stuff to the internet. There are already more things using the internet than people. Join myself and special guest Sid Verma, Global Head and VP of Industrial Internet of Things at Siemens, as we look at what this means for manufacturing and the future of our society.
November 30, 2019
4. (Not) Ready Player One
A world in which the troubles of our day melt away as we defer to the realism of computer generated reality, a virtual reality (VR), is not yet upon us, and yet science fiction tells us a cautionary tale. In this episode we're joined by Vance Souders, VR expert and Founder of, as we explore the state of the art for VR, a bit of history, and the challenges of developing compelling VR applications. ->
November 22, 2019
3. The age of personal voice assistants
Conversational interfaces allow us to talk to our machines to get stuff done. Think of Siri, Alexa, and Ok Google, and how much they've integrated themselves into our lives and our homes, and now consider that this is early days. How did we get here? Where are we going with this tech? Join us as I speak with Vineet Khosla, one of the creators of Siri and leader of SiriKit, and now an AI leader at Uber.
November 09, 2019
2. It’s the end of our jobs as we know them...and I feel fine...
Industrial automation has been changing the world for decades but the rate of change is increasing dramatically because of AI. What will this mean for all of us? Join me as we discuss this with Dr. Robert Joseph, Director of Industrial Strategy at a S&P 500 manufacturing company.
October 06, 2019
1. The AI is coming for you
In this episode, we explore the nature of Artificial Intelligence and what it means for the future of humanity with our special guest, AI expert and practitioner Alexei Samoylov.
September 04, 2019