Trevor Noah interviews IHME’s Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou for a new series on AI

Published October 19, 2023

Curiosity is the springboard to great discussions.

That’s the premise of Trevor Noah’s new YouTube series called The Prompt, where he explores serious topics with probing questions. There are a few laughs along the way, too.

IHME co-founder Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou shared the spotlight with the comedian for the first episode of the series. The topic is mapping the world’s population so communities can get critical services.  

The Prompt is a new series by Microsoft’s AI for Good Lab showing the role artificial intelligence can play in helping humanity. Earlier this year, IHME, Microsoft’s AI for Good Lab, and Planet Labs PBC launched a consortium partnership  to use health metrics, machine learning, and satellite imagery to triangulate data in predicting and addressing global health threats.

Watch Episode 1 of The Prompt

Episode 1 of The Prompt with Trevor Noah, IHME Population Mapping, features an interview with Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou.

Behind the scenes with Trevor Noah

As you might imagine, spending a few hours with Trevor Noah is an entertaining mix of sharp insight, humor, and lots of selfies. The excitement all happened on the eighth-floor terrace of the Hans Rosling Center on the University of Washington campus. With the skyline of the University District behind them, the world-famous comedian and international health metrics scientist chatted as the 10-person production crew set up for the shoot. Then it was time for…ACTION!

video cameras capture Trevor Noah speaking to IHME professor Emmanuela Gakidou

At the Hans Rosling Center, Comedian Trevor Noah and Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou of IHME discuss the importance of mapping populations around the world.

The production crew captures various angles in real time.

Explaining why population mapping is critical, Dr. Gakidou makes the point, “We have to know where people are [living] in order to provide them services…know where food needs to be provided, where clean water needs to be provided.”

It’s a wrap! The interview was a smashing success.