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Talking Machines is a podcast about the reality of machine learning research. Help us make a second season!
Talking Machines is a podcast about the reality of machine learning research. Help us make a second season!
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Help Us Continue Talking Machines 

Talking Machines is your window into the world of machine learning. Hosts Katherine Gorman and Ryan Adams bring you clear conversations with experts in the field, thorough introductions to fundamental concepts and insightful answers to your questions. 

With new episodes published every two weeks, since January 2015, Talking Machines has quickly become the foremost source for thoughtful information about machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Talking Machines is the way researchers learn about each other’s work, and non-experts learn about the cutting edge of the field. In order to sustain itself and grow, Talking Machines’ parent company, Tote Bag Productions, is raising money to continue the show. 

With the money we raise we will:

  • Travel to conferences for interviews to air during season two 
  • Pay for a real studio to tape season two in
  • Pay for production and editing costs
  • Expand our online offerings 
  • Update some of our older equipment 

Help Us Reach Our Stretch Goal and Develop a New Show!

If we can raise 75,000 dollars, Tote Bag Productions will be able to start planning our second show. We can't tell you much about it now but it will be another podcast focused on the reality of scientific research (spoiler alert: probably in the life sciences!)

Interested in Sponsoring the Show? 

If you're interested in helping the show on a larger scale, please contact TheTalkingMachines@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

After half a year of production Talking Machines has established a reputation for through, unbiased coverage. Because of the success we've had so far, we expect the project to continue through the end of the first season. If we can raise the funds, production pressures of season two will be essentially the same as season one.

As long as our scheduling assumptions for reward production are correct we should have all your Talking Machines swag ready for you in time!

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    A packet of Talking Machines stickers. (Optimized for awesome.)

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    We'll send you an mp3 of our outtakes! You want to hear the REALLY nerdy parts of our show don't you?

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    Your very own Talking Machines poster, sporting an insightful quote from one of our guests. We'll have 5 quotes to choose from!

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    More public radio swag! Get your very own Talking Machines tote bag (from Tote Bag productions!) and proclaim your love of machine learning to the world!

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    A spot on the Season One Donors section of The Talking Machines website. Plus a sleek Talking Machines "coder suit" (aka hoodie).

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    Read the credits on an episode of Talking Machines! Also, you'll get one of our Talking Machines mugs.

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    Skype into a taping of talking machines and see how the magic happens! All of our swag, and a spot on the Sustaining Donors section of The Talking Machines website.

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    Sponsor an episode of Talking Machines! Want visibility for your project, company, or life's work in the machine learning community? Sponsor an episode of Talking Machines and have your message read on the show! (Final language for message must first be approved by production staff.)

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    A handwritten letter of thanks, coffee if you're ever in Cambridge (MA not UK), our swag bag plus, a spot on the Sustaining Donors section of The Talking Machines website.

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