E38 Ben Duffy, Co-Founder and Lead Researcher with The M-Tank

The M-Tank’s Lead Researcher and co-founder Ben Duffy discusses what he’s learned from their publications, the impact of image captioning and visual speech recognition, is deep learning the future of AI and more

Welcome to episode 38 of AI in Action, the podcast that breaks down the hype and explores the impact that Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are making on our everyday lives.

Our goal is to share with you the insights of technologists and data science enthusiasts to showcase the excellent work that is been done within AI in Ireland and abroad.

Today’s guest on the show is Ben Duffy, who is the co-founder and Lead Researcher with The M-Tank. The M Tank is a not-for-profit organisation that works solely to recognise the multifaceted nature of Artificial Intelligence research and to highlight key developments within all sectors affected by these advancements.

Through the creation of unique resources, the combination of ideas and their provision to the public, this project hopes to encourage the dialogue which is beginning to take place globally. It is their mission to produce value for the individual, researchers, institutions and the world.

In the episode, Ben will tell us about:

  • What The M-Tank does and how it came about
  • Learnings from their first application “A Year in Computer Vision”
  • Their second publication “Multi-Modal Methods”
  • Use cases in Visual Speech recognition aka. lip reading technology
  • How businesses could benefit from Image Captioning
  • Is Reinforcement Learning is the future of AI?
  • The impact of Deep Learning in medical applications
  • Where does he see the future of AI heading in the near future



What did you make of Ben Duffy’s podcast? Where do you see the future of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning heading in the next few years? We would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

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