To finish the first season of the Inside Alana Podcast, we did a special episode with the participation of Patrícia Meirelles, ambassador of Alana AI.
This time, Regina Bittar, who presented the previous episodes of the season, stops being the podcast presenter to participate in the Alana Gameshow. In an unprecedented format, we promoted a test of knowledge about artificial intelligence, where Regina and Patrícia were invited to answer questions on the topic.
Presented by André Calvente, Marketing Manager at Alana AI, with the support of CTO Marcellus Amadeus, the quiz addressed in a fun way several points presented in the previous five episodes.
Another novelty is that, in addition to the podcast episode, the gameshow also has a video version, separated into two episodes. It is worth checking!
Would you be able to get the gameshow questions right? Here are some themes that appeared in the quiz:
Turing test and the beginning of the modern era of Artificial Intelligence
Alan Turing was part of the group responsible for breaking encrypted codes during World War II. In the Quiz, we talked about the decoding machine he created and about the first scholars who coined the term “Artificial Intelligence”.
The question about Turing yielded a good chat about the scientist's studies. Marcellus, CTO of Alana AI, mentioned an article published by Turing that started with the following question: "Can machines think?" From this question, the Turing Test was born, as a means to verify if his reflection was correct.
Types of machine learning
Artificial Intelligence is described as the science and engineering of creating intelligent machines. There are several ways to make machines simulate intelligence, one of which is the machine learning method.
There are different ways to teach a machine, each with its level of complexity. In our gameshow, we also cover the types of machine learning: supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement. Would you know the difference between them?
Artificial intelligence in pop culture
In a part of the Gameshow, we also tested our guests on their knowledge of the pop culture. We asked questions about films like “The Imitation Game”, which tells the story of Alan Turing, and we talked about the first robots that had repercussions in the media, such as Robot Eliza, a kind of chatbot from the 60s.
If you are interested in learning even more about artificial intelligence, check out our list with suggestions for books, films, and TV series on AI.
Neural Networks and NLP
The concepts of Neural Networks and Natural Language Processing could not be left out of our gameshow. One of the questions addressed the machine's “neuron” systems, which enable them to simulate the behavior of the human brain.
Another issue addressed the stages of evolution of natural language processing (NLP), a set of techniques that help computers understand human language.
At this point in the gameshow, an interesting discussion arises about the origin of human language, which includes the illustration of symbols in caves and the use of ideograms in some languages. Our CTO also rescued the ideas of Noam Chomsky, an important linguist, and researcher in the field of language.
AI applications and challenges
The gameshow also explored artificial intelligence applications on a daily basis, such as pricing Uber races or targeting publications on the social network timeline. On the other hand, it also addressed factors that may limit the interpretation of human language by machines. Do you have any idea what they are? Voice tone? Human Speech? Context? See the program to find out.
A tip: Marcellus clarified that the tone of human communication can be extracted by the machine, as is done by Alana's tools, which use interactions from the past to understand the way brands already speak to their consumers. On the other hand, the context is more difficult to extract, because it depends on a series of real-life and common sense variables that cannot necessarily be identified by the machine.
One of the last questions from Alana Gameshow also addresses a phenomenon called Black Box, which is somewhat controversial in the area of Artificial Intelligence and has to do with how machines reach results autonomously. Listen to the podcast and watch the gameshow video to understand this concept and the researchers' concerns about the bias present in the algorithms.
“The main danger of artificial intelligence is not that it takes over the world and destroys people. We have to be careful not to leave all decisions in the hands of the machines, as they make decisions based on our data and human prejudices that can end up perpetuating itself,”, commented Marcellus.
Are you curious to know more about the gameshow? Did our guests do well? Listen to the Inside Alana Podcast, watch the program's videos, and share with those who like technology.
Finally, if you want to go deeper into the concepts of technology, download the e-Book Human and Artificial Brains: an essential guide on artificial intelligence.