Adventures in Machine Learning


Ben Wilson

Michael Berk

Charles Max Wood

Gant Laborde

Daniel Svoboda

Jason Mayes

Beril Sirmacek

Miguel Morales

Francois Bertrand



Aug 18, 2022

Machine Learning on Mobile Devices and More with Aliaksei Mikhailiuk - ML 084

Enjoy this intellectually stimulating conversation with Michael Berk and guest on the show, Aliaksei Mikhailiuk, ML/AI engineer at Snapchat as they discuss everything AI computer graphics to techniques on striking the efficiency-accuracy trade-off for deep neural networks on constrained devices.

Aug 04, 2022

Leveling Up in your Data Science Career with Adam Ross Nelson - ML 083

Adam Ross Nelson helps current and aspiring data professionals enter and level up in the field by uncovering and showcasing their existing data-related talents. Today on the show, Michael interviews Adam to share his various strategies and approaches on how to become a data scientist or make advanced changes in the data science career path.

Jul 29, 2022

Bioinformatics and Programming with Ken Youens-Clark - ML 082

Michael Berk interviews Ken Youens-Clark today to discuss various topics including bioinformatics and programming, plus his career progressions including jazz drumming, technical writing, programming, academia, writing books, and solutions engineering.

Jul 21, 2022

Building AI Data Responsibly with Edouard d’Archimbaud - ML 081

Data excellence is the foundation of better AI. Today on the show, Michael Berk interviews Edouard d’Archimbaud, co-founder of Kili Technology, a Training Data Platform that turns raw, unstructured data to high-quality training data, at scale. Enjoy this engaging conversation about building AI responsibly on a foundation of good data.

Jul 14, 2022

From Golf Instructor to Software Developer: Taking Next Steps in your Career - ML 080

Jesse Langford spent the first half of his career as a golf instructor before pivoting to software engineering. Today on the show, Ben interviews Jesse to learn why and how he made this pivot, plus relevant career advice for all developers. Specific topics include taking ownership of your work, being comfortable making mistakes, and how to stretch yourself every day.

Ben Wilson

Jesse Langford
Jul 07, 2022

Hyperparameter Tuning for Machine Learning Models - ML 079

When developing ML models, defining and selecting the model architecture will be fundamental to ensure the best possible outcomes. Parameters that define the model architecture are referred to as hyperparameters and the process of searching for the ideal model architecture is referred to as hyperparameter tuning. Today on the show, Ben and Michael discuss hyperparameter tuning and how to implement this into your ML modeling.

Jun 30, 2022

Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Host Ben Wilson - ML 078

Enjoy this engaging AMA conversation with Michael Berk asking Ben Wilson various questions related to industry, strategy, and approaches in data science and ML engineering.

Jun 23, 2022

Optimizers in Machine Learning, Featuring Maciej Balawejder - ML 077

Ben and Michael interview Maciej Balawejder, a mechanical engineering student passionate about AI, ML, and robotics. As an active contributor on, Maciej has already made significant contributions to the AI and ML communities. On the show, they discuss Maciej’s recent article about optimizers in Machine Learning, plus their personal philosophies and approaches to deep learning.

Jun 16, 2022

Part 2: Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) Next Steps - ML 076

After ensuring your data has surpassed the hyper parameter tuning phase, what is the next step in your EDA protocol? Today on the show, Ben and Michael continue the discussion on EDA methodology within Machine Learning and discuss linear regression with OLS, decision trees, and common visualization tools for data scientists.

Jun 09, 2022

Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) in Machine Learning - ML 075

EDA is primarily used in machine learning to see what data can reveal beyond the formal modeling or hypothesis testing task and provides a better understanding of data set variables and the relationships between them. It can also help determine if the statistical techniques you are considering for data analysis are appropriate. Today on the show, Ben and Michael discuss how to use EDA in machine learning models.

Jun 02, 2022

Apache Spark (Pt. 2): MLlib - ML 074

MLlib is Apache Spark's scalable machine learning library. Today, Ben and Michael discuss the ease of use, performance, algorithms, and utilities included in this library and how to execute the best ML workflow with MLlib.

May 26, 2022

Apache Spark Integration and Platform Execution for ML - ML 073

Apache Spark is a lightning-fast unified analytics engine for large-scale data processing and machine learning. In this episode, Ben and Michael unpack Spark by ping-ponging questions and answers, supplemented by various examples applicable to machine learning workflows.

May 18, 2022

Two Case Studies: Production ML infrastructure and Recommendation Engines - ML 072

Ben and Michael walk through two different cases studies relative to production ML infrastructure and recommendation engines. The first is about a free on-line tutoring service for underserved communities called “Learn to Be”, and the second centers around the online course provider “Coursera”. Ben and Michael set up the case studies with fundamental problem statements, followed by their various approaches to executing the objectives to achieve the desired process outcomes.

May 12, 2022

Using AI and ML to Help Humans, Not Replace Them - ML 071

Ben interviews Michael Griffiths, Director of Data Science at ASAPP, a company leveraging AI and ML to augment and automate human work, improve operational efficiencies and customer experiences, and ultimately empower people to be their best. Michael shares specific examples of how this can be done for human agent productivity within contact centers. They also discuss fully human controlled vs automated systems, delivering value with AI and ML, and the future of AI driven technology.

Ben Wilson

Michael Griffiths
May 04, 2022

AutoML Discovery and Approach - ML 070

AutoML (automated machine learning) has become a hot topic over the past few years. Abid Ali Awan joins the show to share his approach to AutoML, when and how to utilize it compared to classic approaches. Ben and Abid also discuss open-source vs. proprietary platforms.

Apr 28, 2022

For Sports and Beyond: Robotics and Advanced Cognitive Computing-Based Video Processing Algorithms - ML 069

Video is considered the most complicated data to process and the volumes of video production are growing from day to day. Ben and Michael talk with Oleg and Anastasiya about how to leverage robotics and advanced cognitive computing-based video processing algorithms to automate the most routine parts of editing and post-production. Specifically, they discuss American sports such as the NFL, NBA, and NHL, and how to use AI to automate sports highlight reels can automate content post-processing video analytics to save time and streamline employee workflows. This is an exciting video you won’t want to miss!

Apr 21, 2022

How to Beef Up Your Resume - ML 068

Michael and Ben talk about how to pick extra projects to build up your resume and become recognized as more of an expert. They discuss the specific ways to contribute within the community and who to interact with to strengthen your resume if you're new.

Apr 07, 2022

Training Bots, The Stock Market, and Hypotheticals - ML 067

Machine learning is getting bigger by the second, so it’s good to know how to leverage it. In this episode, Michael asks Ben hypothetical questions around how to effectively deploy machine learning in multiple fields, including the stock market.

Mar 17, 2022

How to Teach Kids Science with Kathryn Hulick - ML 066

What happens when you teach ML and data science to kids? You learn a whole lot, too. In this episode, Ben and Michael sit down with Kathryn, a prolific writer and author who simplifies advanced concepts for kids to foster their passion for science.

Mar 09, 2022

Business Infrastructure in ML with Joe Reis - ML 065

Even an amazing algorithm can’t fix communication problems. In this episode, Ben and Michael sit down with Joe Reis, a data scientist and ML developer who’s passionate about helping people level up their communication and build solid business infrastructure.

Mar 03, 2022

Data Feeds and KDNuggets with Maria Zentsova - ML 064

Ever feel like you can’t see the forest through the trees? We get it. In this episode, Michael sits down with Maria Zentsova, an ML developer and data analyst who teaches us how to get a handle on our data.

Michael Berk

Maria Zentsova
Feb 24, 2022

Rethinking ML Monitoring Part 2 - ML 063

In this episode, Ben and Michael cover more of Shreya Shankar’s deep dive into ML monitoring, including the biggest production challenges, what you NEED to know about adversarial attacks, and how to conduct effective tests and never make past mistakes again.

Feb 18, 2022

How To Do Post-Production with Abhilash Pattnaik - ML 062

If you’re feeling a little nervous about your baby leaving the nest, we get it. In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk with Abhilash Pattnaik, where they discuss the ONE fact about ML you can’t forget, the do’s and don’ts about applying alerts, and the often-forgotten truth about data drift.

Ben Wilson

Abhilash Pattnaik
Feb 10, 2022

Accurate Predictive Modeling with Maarit Widmann - ML 061

Ready to dive DEEP into predictive modeling? You’ve come to the right podcast. In this episode, Ben and Michael sit down with Maarit Widmann, a data scientist whose bread and butter is making models more accurate. They discuss how to effectively use confusion matrices and other tools, why you need to avoid THIS misconception to get accurate churn rates, and the BIG question you should be asking if your data seems off.

Feb 03, 2022

Rethinking ML Monitoring - ML 060

Mo’ advancements mean mo’ problems, and today, Michael and Ben are diving into the biggest issues of ML monitoring in 2022. They lay out the ELEVEN (cause nothing good comes easy) potential pitfalls that you should know this year, the important questions that you NEED to ask yourself before launching your baby, and this ONE phenomenon that reveals a fundamental flaw in models versus the real deal.