ML@GT polled faculty, students, and general technology fans about which tech podcasts they are fans of. While not an exhaustive list, these should make your commute more enjoyable, expand your knowledge of the tech industry, or just give you a break from your favorite music playlist.
Produced by Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing (home to many ML@GT faculty members), The Interaction Hour is a relatively new podcast that explores research that aims to redefine the human experience of computing. Hosted by school chair and world-renowned roboticist, Ayanna Howard, the podcast regularly features Georgia Tech faculty and students as they explore their research on topics like social media’s role in opioid addiction recovery, autism and computing, or how virtual reality could transform education. Ayanna is a compelling host with plenty of curiosity and professional experience that expertly guides the conversation.
Available on iTunes and Spotify.
One of the top recommended podcasts tells stories about the internet. With five million downloads per month, hosts PJ Voght and Alex Goldman have a dynamic chemistry that makes each episode fly by. Topics include the rise and fall of a YouTube star, a gripping story of a phone scam, and picking apart the latest meme. It’s fun, it’s light, and it’s super interesting.
Available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
From Vox Media, Recode:Decode is a weekly podcast of informative conversations with tech industry leaders such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg and entrepreneurs including Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake and Harley Davidson’s CEO Matthew Levatich. Hosted by Kara Swisher, a Silicon Valley journalist, the podcast incites fascinating conversation about how the guests’ ideas are changing the world.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn.
Most tech conversations revolve around what technology can do for us, not about how it makes a person feel. Analog(ue) takes a step back to analyze how new devices can change our lives for better or worse and how they impact us on an emotional level. Recent episodes include a discussion between parents on their evolving feelings about sharing photos and stories about their kids online, where another ranked apps that we cannot live without.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RSS, Overcast, Pocket Cast, and Castro.
It might seem like everyone is starting to question the degree to which tech is integrated into our lives and what dangers that cohabitation can create. On this pod, host Manoush Zomorodi answers questions like “Are our TVs watching us?” or “Are we all going to be replaced by robots?” It’s a worthwhile listen that encourages listeners to ask more questions when it comes to the tech in their lives.
Available via Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, Google Play Music, and RSS.
The newest podcast of the group, Tech Unbound takes a deep dive into human-focused technology and computing research done at the GVU Center at Georgia Tech. Each episode features a novel innovation, its impact, and how the experts created it. One episode focused on how computers dissected every minute of Game of Thrones to create an interactive data visualization that analyzes the colors and dialogue of the show. Another introduced the world of service animals and how researchers created smart dog toys to figure out the suitability of canines for different jobs. This podcast is just heating up.
While these episodes can be two-plus hours long, they are packed full of great content and brings you up to speed on the latest from Google and cloud computing. With Google being one of the largest and most influential companies in the world, you definitely want to know what they are up to.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, Pocket Casts, and RSS.
Hosted by Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering Dean Steve McLaughlin, the podcast covers topics like healthcare, data privacy, and the environment. In each episode, cutting-edge engineers discuss their research and how it impacts people’s lives. What sets this podcast apart is that while it highlights interesting research and inventions, it always gets to the heart on why this matters for individuals.
Available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, Deezer, YouTube, and iHeartRadio.
In this weekly podcast, no galaxy is off limits. Christina Warren, Brianna Wu, and Simone de Rochefort make up one of the few all-female technology podcasts and offer great insight into the worlds of tech, movies, books, games, and comics.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Castro, Pocket Casts, and RSS Feed.