Moore's Lobby Podcast

Ep. 19 | Open-Source Machine Learning with BeagleBoard Co-Founder Jason Kridner

Episode #19 / 33:51 / March 04, 2021 by Dave Finch

The age of quick embedded system prototyping is here. But what happens when the development of AI is also becoming more commonplace? Are we ready for a world where machine learning algorithms—and all the biases that come with them—flood the market?

This week in the Lobby, we have one of the original leaders of the single-board computer (SBC) industry, Jason Kridner of, whose BeagleBone line of open-source SBCs is manufactured by Texas Instruments in partnership with Digi-Key and Newark element14. 

In this episode, Jason and Dave get into the importance of rapid prototyping for embedded systems in an era where time-to-market trumps all.

Core to this episode is the democratization of working with neural networks through SBCs like BeagleBoard AI. How will the industry change as access to developing machine learning algorithms becomes more common? And how responsible are developers for bias in AI, anyway?

Tune in for a great conversation about hardware, ethics, and embedded prototyping!


A Big Thank You to This Episode's Sponsor



Meet Jason Kridner

Jason Kridner is the president and co-founder of, the creators of the BeagleBone series of single-board computers. With a strong emphasis on open-source values that go hand-in-hand with their 501(c)(3) non-profit status,'s SBCs are intended to allow for fast prototyping and creativity for developers. Their emphasis on collaboration and education has made BeagleBone boards a staple for engineers around the world.



Jason hails from 28 years at Texas Instruments, where he worked primarily in the full life cycle (design to marketing) of ICs used for embedded systems. He had particular experience in the development of portable media devices, including the original MP3 players released in the late 90s. 

Over the years, he has gained experience in DSP, digital rights management, open-source software, and more. He's used this technical skill, in conjunction with his passion for education and collaboration, to lead's development tool initiatives, including the popular BeagleBone Black, BeagleBone Blue, and BeagleBone AI.