Jousef Murad, Engineer, YouTuber, AI

Jousef Murad, an engineer, YouTuber, and podcast host, recognised the flaws within his own education and used them as inspiration for improving access to engineering information. He talks to The Industry Leaders about digitised education, the expanding field of AI, and maintaining a flexible mindset when facing new ideas.

Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

My name is Jousef Murad. Some people might know me as Jousef from my YouTube channel and the podcast, Engineered-Mind. I'm a mechanical engineer, based in Germany, currently working as a product marketing engineer for the company, Simscale. As I mentioned, I also host a podcast and am working as a product marketing engineer for a company called Monolith, a no-code AI platform that aims to empower engineers all over the world.

I have always been a very inquisitive person. During my bachelor's degree, I focused on finite element analysis, investigating how to subdivide an object’s continuous domain and simulate its deformation when applying stress. Then, in my master's, I transitioned to looking at fluid dynamics and its relationship with thermodynamics.

The transition to my current field happened during my master's thesis. I jumped on the AI hype train and began programming objects in Blender, a computer program that uses a camera to travel around an object, taking pictures, and using those pictures as an input for a convolution neural network. The algorithm then tries to predict what this object is, using the input.

I was then able to apply this technique using mechanical parts, such as turbochargers or crankshafts. That was the first step into AI for me, other than taking some courses and, of course, having great guests on my podcast talking about AI.

The field of AI is vast. How do you stop yourself from being overwhelmed by it?

I'm very overwhelmed by it, especially with the plethora of papers coming out. But I try to stay informed about AI’s latest developments via social media sites like Twitter. I follow accounts that don't spam too much but still give a good amount of information on the latest tech techniques. Also, being on LinkedIn helps me stay connected with like-minded people and AI thought leaders.

What does your day-to-day work involve?

Usually, I wake up relatively early, have a coffee, and then start my work for Simscale. I usually do freelance work for Monolith during the day or after work. And then, in the late afternoon, I record podcasts, work on video projects, etc. So there’s always a lot to do, including my new work in education. I’ve learnt that there are many different ways to educate people. Some people prefer to learn by listening; others like to see more and learn by visualisation. Currently, I’m working on improving education for engineers within the field of AI.

What excites you most about the AI Industry?

My answer for this is two-sided: on one hand, I'm very, very excited to see what AI can offer to the protection of society and making Earth a better place; on the other hand we need to keep in mind its potential military applications. Where will it be used, and what about collateral damages? Maybe in my own dream world, there could be artificial general intelligence, like The Oracle from the film, The Matrix, that answers any question you have.

I would also be really interested to see how we can make machines feel. How do we embed emotions into machines? That’s really exciting to me. I want to see that, whether it comes from Boston Dynamics, or any other company.

It could also create many new jobs. Just 15 years ago, nobody knew what streaming was, or what a streaming service was. And now it’s a huge industry. So I think AI will open new doors. It could close a few others, but I'm trying to be optimistic about the future. Although, we know a lot about the downsides of AI as well, such as the issue of bias in AI algorithms. A documentary on Netflix that I can recommend is Coded Bias. Everyone should watch it.