The Robot Brains Podcast

The Robot Brains Podcast

In each episode of The Robot Brains podcast, renowned artificial intelligence researcher, professor and entrepreneur Pieter Abbeel meets the brilliant minds attempting to build robots with brains. Pieter is joined by leading experts in AI Robotics from all over the world as he explores how far humanity has come in its mission to create conscious computers, mindful machines and rational robots. Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Alice Patel & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

The Robot Brains Podcast

Thu Aug 17 2023

Jitendra Malik: Building AI from the ground-up, sensorimotor before language

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The episode explores the importance of sensory motor competence in achieving human-like intelligence through robotics research. It discusses the role of language acquisition, skill acquisition in robotics, rapid motor adaptation, learning through neural networks, simulation and real-world training, computer vision in humanoid robots, benchmarking in computer vision, AI applications, personal journey and research focus, synergy between industry and academic research, and the future of AI with historical analogies.

The Robot Brains Podcast

Fri Aug 11 2023

Seb Boyer of Farmwise: AI that helps feed the world


The episode discusses the founding of Farmwise by Seb Boye and its mission to help farmers transition to sustainable farming practices. It explores the advancements in farming technology, challenges in agriculture, and Farmwise's innovative solutions using AI and robotics. The episode also covers data collection and processing, the robustness of the technology, future plans, and the company's goal to reduce chemical inputs while improving yields and food quality.

The Robot Brains Podcast

Thu Aug 03 2023

John Schulman of OpenAI on ChatGPT: invention, capabilities and limitations

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The episode covers various aspects of language models like Chat GPT, including their training process, limitations, improvements, applications, fine-tuning, and potential future developments. It also explores the intersection of language models with other modalities like video and robotics. The episode concludes with insights on AI research opportunities, John Schulman's approach to research, and the pros and cons of pursuing a PhD or working in industry research.

The Robot Brains Podcast

Wed Jul 26 2023

Yaniv Altshuler: reducing cow methane emissions with AI

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The episode discusses Yanif Al-Chulur and his company META AI, which uses AI to improve cow's digestion and reduce methane emissions. It explores the challenges and potential of microbiome analysis in predicting additive efficacy for methane reduction. The importance of publishing findings and the potential applications of microbiome research are also discussed. The episode highlights the challenges in methane capture and the rapid pace of AI development. It delves into the challenges in data collection for AI models and shares insights from the founder's experiences with Memories, Endor, and MFAI. The impact of macro conditions on companies is explored, along with the personal motivation behind Sailor Academy.

The Robot Brains Podcast

Wed Jul 12 2023

Woody Hoburg: NASA Astronaut directly from the International Space Station

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Dr. Woody Holberg shares his experience at the International Space Station (ISS) and discusses its role in scientific research, future space exploration, and testing ground for tools and techniques. Research projects on the ISS cover various areas such as immune system effects, manufacturing techniques, and commercial applications. The ISS also serves as a proving ground for technologies used on the moon and future Mars missions. The episode highlights challenges faced by astronauts in space and the importance of rehabilitation measures upon return to Earth's gravity.

The Robot Brains Podcast

Thu Jul 06 2023

Jesse Levinson of Zoox: reinventing personal transportation from the ground up

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Zooks, a self-driving car company acquired by Amazon, aims to build fully autonomous electric vehicles for point-to-point mobility in cities. They focus on city driving due to perception challenges and safety implications on freeways. The robo taxi is designed for dense urban environments with four-wheel steering and extensive testing is conducted to ensure precise control. Zooks uses a hybrid approach of traditional techniques and machine learning suggestions for motion planning. Data collection and simulation play crucial roles in training and validating self-driving systems. Zooks faced funding challenges but was acquired by Amazon, allowing them to continue their mission. The founder's journey includes working on early mapping and localization at Stanford. In addition to self-driving cars, the founder has interests in photography, tennis, and playing the piano.

The Robot Brains Podcast

Wed Jun 28 2023

Noam Brown: from Open AI on solving Poker and Diplomacy with AI

  • Noam Brown is a research scientist at OpenAI, known for building AI systems that defeated top human players in poker and diplomacy.
  • His AI system Pluribus received the Marvin Minsky medal and was featured on the cover of Science Magazine.
  • Noam also developed Cicero, the first AI to achieve human-level performance in the strategy game diplomacy....

The Robot Brains Podcast

Wed Jun 21 2023

Stephen Balaban: building the most cost-effective AI cloud

  • Stephen Balaban is the co-founder and CEO of Lando Labs, which provides deep learning workstations, servers, and GPU cloud services.
  • Lambda's customers include Apple, Meta, Microsoft, John Carmack's Keeneye, and many more.
  • Lambda provides the world's least expensive GPU cloud service with H100s for a dollar and 89 cents an hour....

The Robot Brains Podcast

Wed Jun 07 2023

Rocky Duan: from OpenAI to Covariant and building foundation models for robotic automation

  • Rocky Duan is a well-known figure in the field of deep reinforced learning and meta-learning, having pioneered some of the earliest work in these areas during his time at Berkeley and OpenAI. He co-founded Covariant, where he currently serves as CTO, with a mission to build universal AI that enables robots to learn and operate in the real world, starting with the warehousing and logistics industry. The challenge of warehouse pick and place is considered the holy grail of robotics, as it involv...

The Robot Brains Podcast

Wed May 24 2023

Raffaello D'Andrea of Verity: how drones can find misplaced items and put on art shows

  • Raff Andrea is a Canadian Italian Swiss engineer, artist and entrepreneur.
  • He co-founded Kiva Systems which pioneered mobile robots transporting goods in warehouses by transporting entire shells.
  • Kiva Systems was acquired by Amazon in 2012 and to date, many Amazon warehouses are operating this way....
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