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Episode 1: What is Artificial Intelligence?

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

The Ask AI interview with Kathryn Hume

Special thanks to Microsoft Canada and Cinchy for sponsoring the third series of the Ask AI podcast and supporting greater awareness of artificial intelligence in Canada. All of our episodes and 100s of AI profiles are also available from our chatbot, generously sponsored by Toronto’s Ada Support.

The first episode of the Ask AI Podcast kicks off with an exclusive interview with Kathryn Hume, VP of Product and Strategy at Canadian artificial intelligence powerhouse Integrate.AI.

A leading voice in North America, Kathryn is incredibly adept at explaining techniques and concepts within artificial intelligence (including "explainability" itself).

Co-hosts Jaxson Khan ( and Heather Evans (Government of Ontario) lead this overview of the technologies, challenges, and myths in AI.Full of practical real-world insights, our kick-off episode is the perfect introduction to the AI sector for Canadians from all walks of life.

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Episode highlights

  • Hear Kathryn's definition of artificial intelligence: 0 mins 58 secs

  • Supervised vs. unsupervised machine learning: 2 mins 05 secs

  • Why reinforcement machine learning is so exciting: 6 mins 02 secs

  • Artificial intelligence and the future of work: 7 mins 56 secs

  • The actual risks AI poses to society: 9 mins 15 secs

  • Explaining the concept of explainability: 10 mins 10 secs

  • Hear about Kathryn's career journey: 13 mins 10 secs

  • Integrate.AI' s "shared data platform" approach: 17 mins 56 secs

  • Why Toronto excites Kathryn: 19 mins 57 secs

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Episode credits

Sponsors: Microsoft Canada and Cinchy Chatbot partner: Ada Support Executive Producer: Chris McLellan Host: Jaxson Khan Original music: Mike LeTourneau

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