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Digital Guardian Podcast Episode 12: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: Truth, Lies, and Fiction with Alex Pinto

Niddel chief data scientist and co-founder Alex Pinto joins our latest podcast for a conversation on the myths and realities of two of infosec's top buzzwords.

Welcome to Episode 12 of the Digital Guardian Podcast! Special guest Alex Pinto joins hosts Will Gragido and Thomas Fischer to pick up where Episode 11 left off, delving further into the topics of machine learning and artificial intelligence with tips on how to separate the signal from the noise when evaluating solutions. As always, you can listen and subscribe to our podcast via SoundCloud or iTunes to keep up with new episodes every month.

Highlights from this episode include:

  • 2:40 - Alex's thoughts on the Future of Life Institute's open letter to the United Nations concerning AI and autonomous weapons
  • 5:10 - How terms like machine learning and artificial intelligence are being used and misused in industries today
  • 13:00 - The role of machine learning in threat management
  • 25:30 - Key differences between supervised and unsupervised machine learning and applications for each type
  • 34:15 - Guidance for security professionals that are evaluating solutions that use machine learning/artificial intelligence

Intro/outro music: "Groovy Baby" by Jason Shaw, licensed under CC BY 3.0 US

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Nate Lord

Nate Lord is the former editor of Data Insider and is currently an account manager covering the southeast, Great Lakes, and Latin America regions at Digital Guardian. He has over 7 years of experience in the information security industry, working at Veracode prior to joining Digital Guardian in 2014. Nate enjoys learning about the complex problems facing information security professionals and collaborating with Digital Guardian customers to help solve them.