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The Transformative Ideas Podcast

34 EpisodesProduced by Manuel BrennerWebsite

The Transformative Ideas Podcast (formerly the ACIT Science Podcast). This podcast is to provide a glimpse into the life of scientists: to learn about the ideas they are passionate about, to find out what gets them out of bed every day to face the challenges and frustrations of working at the fronti… read more

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#33: AI for Climate Change with Priya Donti

January 2nd, 2023


In this episode, we are joined by Priya Donti. Priya is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Climate Change AI (CCAI), a global non-profit …

#32: Transformers, Puns and Rap Battles: A Conversation With ChatGPT

December 16th, 2022


In this episode, we are joined by our first artificial guest: OpenAI's new large language model based ChatGPT. After discussing large language models in several of the latest episodes and OpenAI releasing ChatGPT two …

#31: Deep Metric Learning, Generalization and Transformers with Karsten Roth

November 27th, 2022


We are now the Transformative Ideas Podcast (formerly the ACIT Science Podcast)!

In this episode, we are joined by Karsten Roth. Karsten is a PhD Student at the Explainable Machine Learning group in Tuebingen, supervised …

#30: Language Models, Active Inference and Latent Variables with Alejandro Daniel Noel

September 1st, 2022


In this episode, our host Manuel Brenner is joined by Alejandro Daniel Noel. Alejandro got his masters from TU Delft working with Acitive Inference …

#29: Memory, Dynamics and AI Ethics with Leonard Bereska

July 20th, 2022


In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Leonard Bereska.

Leonard Bereska is a PhD Candidate at University of Amsterdam, studying long term memory.
We discuss a dynamical systems perspective on neuroscience, how …

#28: Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies with Ingo Fiedler

June 5th, 2022


Note: Audio quality will improve around the 12 minute mark.

In this episode, Ingo Fiedler from the Blockchain Research Lab joins Manuel Brenner for a conversation about blockchains and cryptocurrencies.

Ingo Fiedler is …

#27: Super Pollutants with Jonathan Banks

May 31st, 2022


In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Jonathan Banks, international director the Global Super Pollutants program for the Clean Air Task …

#26: The Future of Nuclear Energy with Carlos Leipner

April 17th, 2022


In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Carlos Leipner, international director the Global Nuclear Energy Strategy for the Clean Air Task Force.

This is the third episode of a 4-part miniseries that ACIT is …

#25: Tackling Climate Change through Carbon Capture with Lee Beck

March 23rd, 2022


In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Lee Beck, international director of global carbon capture strategies for the clean air task force.
In this capacity she lead the carbon capture strategy, program, and …

#24: The Clean Air Task Force with Armond Cohen

February 18th, 2022


In this episode, Manuel Brenner is joined by Armond Cohen.

Armond Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, which he has led since its formation in 1996.
The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is …

#23: The Hidden Spring of Consciousness with Mark Solms

February 11th, 2022


In this episode, host Manuel Brenner talks to Mark Solms.
Mark Solms is the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town, President of the …

#22: Psychotherapy and Psychedelics with Henrik Jungaberle

January 18th, 2022


Dr. sc. hum. Henrik Jungaberle is the Director of the MIND Foundation and a CEO of OVID. He is a researcher, science entrepreneur, and author in public health, psychedelics, and psychotherapy.

In this episode, Henrik …

#21: International Criminal Law and Human Rights with Amal Ounali

November 25th, 2021


In this episode, Amal Ounali is joining our host Manuel Brenner for a discussion on international criminal law, European law, how national laws and …

#20: (Post) World Music Experimentalism with Rim Jasmin Irscheid

November 7th, 2021


In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Rim Jasmin Irscheid. Rim is a doctoral candidate in the Music Department at King's College London, …

#19: Viruses, Pandemics and Effective Altruism with Jasper Götting

September 15th, 2021


In this episode, we are joined by Jasper Götting, PhD Candidate at the Institute of Virology of the Hannover Medical School, where his research …

#18: AI for Drug Discovery and Longevity with Noah Weber

September 11th, 2021


In this episode, we are joined by Noah Weber, CTO and Head of Machine Learning at Celeris Therapeutics and lecturer at FH Technikum Vienna.

We discuss the challenges of developing new drugs, protein degradation, the …

#17: The Mathematics of Deep Learning with Julius Berner

August 1st, 2021


In this episode, host Manuel Brenner is joined by Julius Berner. Julius is a PhD Student at University of Vienna, where his research focuses on the …

#16: The Origins of Computer Science & Verifying Code With Logic with Marcel Moosbrugger

June 13th, 2021


In this episode, we are joined by Marcel Moosbrugger, computer science PhD Candidate at Vienna University of Technology.

We talk about getting into …

#15: Intelligence, Games and AlphaGo

May 20th, 2021


Today's guest is Thore Graepel, research group leader at Google Deep Mind and Chair of Machine Learning at University College London. We talk about …

#14: Time Limitations & Criminal Law with Driek Deferme

April 25th, 2021


Driek Deferme is a law PhD student at KU Leuven, investigating the role of time limitations in civil and criminal law. We talk about the origins of …

#13: Business, Biases, And How To Shape A Career with Benjamin Bargetzi

April 6th, 2021


Today we are joined by Benjamin Bargetzi, Senior Account Manager at Google, psychologist, neuroscientist, and president and founder of ACIT.
We talk …

#12: The Brain From Inside Out with Györgi Buzsaki

March 16th, 2021


In this episode, we are joined by Györgi Buzsaki, Biggs Professor of Neuroscience at NYU. Györgi Buzsaki is one of the most respected neuroscientists working today, and his influential work on memory, sleep, neural …

#11: Education and the Challenges of the Pandemic with Will Millard

March 1st, 2021


In this episode, we are joined by Will Millard. Will has two Masters degrees in public policy and is now working on implementing several research …

#10: Teaching Robots to Act in the Future with Corrado Pezzato

February 19th, 2021


In this episode, we are joined by Corrado Pezzato, Ph.D. candidate in self-adaptive robot architectures at TU Delft in the Netherlands.
We talk about teaching robots to plan for the future, the uncertainty of the world, …

#9: Drug Prevention, Psychedelics and the MIND Foundation with Marvin Däumichen

January 4th, 2021


In this episode, we are talking with Marvin Däumichen, director of research and knowledge transfer for the MIND foundation, and Ph.D. candidate …

#8.2: Challenges and Opportunities of Psychedelic Research with Moad Abd El Hay

December 14th, 2020


This is part 2 of our conversation with Moad Abd El Hay. Moad is a neuroscientist Ph.D. student at the Excellence Cluster CellNetworks in Heidelberg and founder of the UniMind network, a Europe wide initiative that …

#8.1: Can you Feel the Heat? - Temperature Perception and the Problems of Modern Science with Moad Abd El Hay

December 14th, 2020


This is part one of our conversation with Moad Abd El Hay, neuroscientist PhD student at the Excellence Cluster CellNetworks in Heidelberg and founder of the UniMind network, a Europe wide initiative that organizes …

#7: The Rise of Computational Propaganda with Marcel Schliebs

December 6th, 2020


In this episode of the ACIT Science Podcast, we are talking with Marcel Schliebs, who is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Political Data Science at …

#6: Gangsta Rap, Fart Jokes and Existentialism - The Power of Taboo Breaking with Sven Bloching

November 14th, 2020


In this episode, we are joined by Linguistics PhD candidate Sven Bloching from the University of Heidelberg.

We talk about the psychological, …

#5: Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience and Free Energy with Charel van Hoof

November 7th, 2020


In this episode, we are speaking with Charel van Hoof, former Senior Vice President and CIO at Philips and now PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics at the Delft Technical University, about the …

#4: Data Science meets Philosophy: Exploring how Human Rights Should Shape Our Online Lives with Travis Greene

October 23rd, 2020


In this episode, we are talking to Ph.D. candidate Travis Greene from the Institute of Service Science in Taipei, Taiwan, about the philosophical, ethical, and judicial implications of modern data science, machine …

#3: From Turbulent Winds to Orbital Changes - Getting Climate Change Right with Beatrice Ellerhoff

October 16th, 2020


In this episode, we are joined by Beatrice Ellerhoff, a Ph.D. student in  climate physics at the Institute for Environmental Physics in  Heidelberg.
We talk about her work in analyzing long term climate variations going …

#2: Genes, Legos, and Viruses with Niklas Freund

September 27th, 2020


For our second episode, we are joined by Cambridge-based biochemistry Ph.D. candidate Niklas Freund.
We talk about the nuts and bolts of the genetic …

#1: Quantum Computing with Ella Crane and Alexander Schuckert

September 25th, 2020


In this episode, we are joined by Ella Crane and Alexander Schuckert, both of who are currently pursuing their PhDs in the fields of quantum …

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