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A weekly conversation that looks at the way technology is changing our economies, societies and daily lives. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times.


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Jaan Tallinn on AI safety
00:22:03

John Thornhill talks to Jaan Tallinn, founding engineer at Skype and Kazaa, about his subsequent career as a tech investor and his concerns about AI safety.

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Oct 14, 2019
Wanted: work for humans
00:25:11

Madhumita Murgia discusses what happens when robots can do most of the work humans do with Calum Chace of the Economic Singularity Club, Mike Wooldridge, professor of Computer Science at Oxford University and Kathryn Parsons, founder of Decoded

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Oct 07, 2019
What kind of art can AI produce?
00:19:54

Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy puts his theories about creative AI to the test before a live audience at the recent FT Weekend Festival in London.

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Sep 30, 2019
John Maeda on designing the future
00:28:01

Design guru John Maeda tells Tim Bradshaw why he thinks a diversity of viewpoints and listening to what consumers want will be more valuable to the companies of the future than creating the next breakthrough technology.

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Sep 23, 2019
Sarah Chan on neural interfaces
00:23:54

Bioethicist Sarah Chan contributed to a report this month on neurotechnology by the UK’s senior scientific academy. She talks to John Thornhill about the potential health benefits of neural interfaces but also the difficulty of regulating the commercial use of devices that interact with our brains. Read the Royal Society's report here


All FT stories will be free to read on Wednesday September 18th when there will be a 24-hour paywall freeze. Here are a couple of recommendations to get you started:

Neural interfaces should upgrade, not degrade, humans

How China dodged a trade war recession



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Sep 16, 2019
Alice Bentinck on harnessing tech talent
00:24:10

Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Entrepreneur First, tells John Thornhill about her mission to harness the entrepreneurial talents of a new generation of people from diverse backgrounds.

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Sep 09, 2019
Improving decision making through AI
00:25:42

Vishal Chatrath, chief executive and co-founder of Prowler, tells John Thornhill how his company is helping to improve decision making in the worlds of finance and logistics.

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Sep 02, 2019
Priya Lakhani on AI's power to transform education
00:30:07

Priya Lakhani, founder and chief executive AI company Century Tech, talks to John Thornhill about her mission to improve the life chances of students around the world using AI-assisted learning.

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Aug 26, 2019
Nicolas Berggruen on democracy in the digital age
00:24:20

John Thornhill talks to the billionaire investor and philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen about his book: Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism

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Aug 19, 2019
Ben Goertzel on benevolent robots
00:35:26

Ben Goertzel talks to John Thornhill about his work for Hanson Robotics, the company that created the robot Sophia, about SingularityNET, the blockchain-based AI marketplace he founded, and about his belief that artificial general intelligence, transhumanism and benevolent robots are not too far in the future

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Aug 12, 2019
Frances Arnold on directed evolution of enzymes
00:30:15

Nobel laureate Frances Arnold talks to Anjana Ahuja about her pioneering a work harnessing the power of nature to engineer enzymes, her long career and the challenges faced by women in science.

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Aug 05, 2019
Digital printing for the fourth industrial revolution
00:27:57

Joseph DeSimone, chief executive of Carbon, talks to Richard Waters about the manufacturing technique he invented that can craft objects in seconds using the power of light and digital projection systems

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Jul 29, 2019
Directing innovation towards sustainable growth
00:32:24

John Thornhill talks to economist Mariana Mazzucato about her work to promote collaboration between governments and companies to direct innovation towards sustainable and inclusive growth.

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Jul 22, 2019
Paul Clarke on robotics and digital twins
00:31:02

Paul Clarke, chief technology officer at the online grocery Ocado, talks to John Thornhill about how the use of robotics, machine learning and digital twins is taking the business to a new level and even helping to plan the cities of the future.

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Jul 15, 2019
Jennifer Doudna on gene editing
00:30:21

Jennifer Doudna talks to Richard Waters, the FT's San Francisco bureau chief, about how she discovered the CRISPR Cas-9 system and how it is transforming the world of gene editing.

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Jul 08, 2019
John Browne on engineering the future
00:25:33

 John Thornhill talks to Lord John Browne, former chief executive of BP, about his book: Make, Think, Imagine on engineering and the future of civilisation.

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Jul 01, 2019
Nathan Jurgenson on social media and the selfie
00:31:53

Nathan Jurgenson, sociologist at Snapchat’s parent company Snap, talks to Tim Bradshaw about his book The Social Photo and about how the smartphone camera is changing the way we communicate

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Jun 24, 2019
Eric Topol on making healthcare more human
00:29:24

Hannah Kuchler talks to American cardiologist Eric Topol about his book Deep Medicine, which looks at the potential for artificial intelligence technology to help free up doctors to spend more time with their patients.

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Jun 17, 2019
New season starts on Monday
00:00:50

Tech Tonic, the podcast that looks at the way technology is changing our lives, is returning for a news season starting on Monday 17th June. We’ll be talking to Eric Topol, the US cardiologist, about the ways in which the work of doctors can be enhanced by AI, Nathan Jurgenson on social media and the selfy, and John Browne, former head of BP, on engineering and the future of civilisation, and many more. So tune in next week

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Jun 12, 2019
Andrew Ng on building an AI workforce
00:24:21

Artificial intelligence expert Andrew Ng talks to John Thornhill about his concern that AI technology is concentrating wealth in the hands of a few and why we need to spread AI skills and understanding across society.

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Apr 17, 2019
Rana Yared on investing in fintech
00:23:22

John Thonhill talks to Rana Yared, a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs’ Principal Strategic Investments, about how technology is transforming the banking industry.

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Apr 10, 2019
Marcus du Sautoy on creative AI
00:26:49

John Thornhill talks to Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy about his book: The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

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Apr 03, 2019
James Vlahos on voice technology
00:23:02

Elaine Moore talks to American journalist James Vlahos about the chatbot he created to keep the memory of this father alive and about the potential uses and misuses of voice technology.  

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Mar 27, 2019
Peter Schwartz on automating the brain
00:24:23

Peter Schwartz, senior vice-president of strategic planning at Salesforce, futurist and author, talks to John Thornhill about the impact on our society of the next wave of technology.

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Mar 20, 2019
Tim Berners-Lee on reshaping the web
00:25:14

John Thornhill talks to Tim Berners-Lee about the achievements of the world wide web which he invented 30 years ago, what he thinks has gone wrong and what he is doing to help fix some of these problems.

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Mar 12, 2019
Jack Conte on crowdfunding for creators
00:25:31

John Thornhill talks to Jack Conte about Patreon, the platform he invented to help creative artists receive a steadier income from modern-day patrons.

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Mar 06, 2019
Jeni Tennison on data ethics
00:24:43

John Thornhill talks to Jeni Tennison, chief executive of the Open Data Institute, about her work in helping to develop best practice for the use and sharing of data.

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Feb 27, 2019
James Williams on the attention economy
00:25:45

Former Google employee James Williams talks to John Thornhill about his book: Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy and why he turned to philosophy to try to understand how the tech industry is undermining our free will.

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Feb 20, 2019
Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism
00:27:03

John Thornhill talks to the social scientist Shoshana Zuboff about her book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, and what we need to do to reclaim the more benign impacts of the digital revolution.

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Feb 13, 2019
Will Marshall on mapping the earth
00:24:48

John Thornhill talks to Will Marshall, whose San-Francisco-based start-up is helping companies like Google and Monsanto, as well as governments and NGOs, to observe day-to-day changes on the earth’s surface using data gathered in space.

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Feb 06, 2019
Taavet Hinrikus on disrupting the banks
00:23:38

John Thornhill talks to Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of Transferwise, about shaking up the lucrative money transfer business and how he helped build a tech unicorn that is not only highly valued but is profitable too.

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Jan 30, 2019
AI and software's 'singular moment'
00:28:31

John Thornhill talks to Chris Bishop, director of Microsoft’s Cambridge research lab, about the potential for exponential growth in the development of software, thanks to machine learning.

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Jan 23, 2019
The risks and rewards of gene-editing
00:29:55

Robin Lovell-Badge, developmental biologist and geneticist, talks to FT science columnist Anjana Ahuja about the gene-edited babies controversy in China and about the potential for new gene-editing techniques to transform the treatment of diseases like cancer and muscular dystrophy.

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Jan 16, 2019
Vivienne Ming on solving human problems
00:31:27

John Thornhill talks to Vivienne Ming, a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur and artificial intelligence guru about her work in trying to make technology work for the benefit of humans

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Jan 09, 2019
Diego Piacentini on GovTech
00:27:54

The former Amazon executive tells John Thornhill how he applied the lessons he’d learnt at the US technology company to help transform Italians’ experience of dealing with government.

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Jan 02, 2019
Trust in the digital age
00:30:57

John Thornhill talks to the academic and author Rachel Botsman about the evolution of trust in the digital age and the way technology has undermined our faith in institutions

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Dec 26, 2018
Graphcore's next generation chip technology
00:25:26

Nigel Toon, founder and chief executive of Graphcore, talks to John Thornhill about the chip technology his company is developing and its potential to speed the advance of machine learning.  

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Dec 19, 2018
What robots can teach humans
00:35:23

John Thornhill talks to Maja Pantic, Professor of Affective and Behavioural Computing at Imperial College in London, about her work testing the boundaries of human robot interaction.


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Dec 12, 2018
Making the most of work chat
00:26:21

Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and chief executive of San Francisco-based Slack tells John Thornhill how his fascination for technology that facilitates human interaction came about.

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Dec 05, 2018
Artificial intelligence that learns on the fly
00:18:10

Physicist Zdenka Kuncic tells FT science editor Clive Cookson about the difference between software-based and hardware-based approaches to artificial intelligence and her work to develop autonomous intelligent systems for potential use in space and in medical devices

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Nov 28, 2018
The business of cybercrime
00:23:59

Sociologist Jonathan Lusthaus spent seven years talking to cyber criminals.  He tells Hannah Kuchler what he discovered about the extent of their involvement with organised crime and what he thinks it would take to persuade them to put their talents to better use. His book: Industry of Anonymity: Inside the Business of Cybercrime, was published by Harvard University Press.

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Nov 21, 2018
Technology and the human brain
00:26:01

Murali Doraiswamy, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Duke University Health System, tells Shannon Bond about his research into potential technological solutions to neurological and mental health disorders.

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Nov 14, 2018
Investing in deep tech
00:21:44

Investor Alice Newcombe-Ellis tells John Thornhill about her strategy for discovering and investing in the next generation of disruptive technology companies

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Nov 07, 2018
Puncturing the AI hype
00:23:45

Zia Chishti's latest business venture Afiniti uses artificial intelligence to match customers and employees, but he tells John Thornhill he sees the technology as evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, and offers his thoughts on the dos and don'ts of investing in AI.

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Oct 31, 2018
Who sets the internet standards?
00:24:29

Hannah Kuchler talks to American social scientist and cyber security expert Andrea Little Limbago about the worrying lack of agreement among governments on how best to promote the beneficial aspects of the internet.

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Oct 24, 2018
David Sanger on cyber warfare
00:30:44

John Thornhill talks to the New York Times journalist about his latest book: The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age.  

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Oct 17, 2018
Adrian Lovett on fighting for a better web
00:27:14

Web Foundation president and CEO Adrian Lovett talks to John Thornhill about open data, net neutrality and widening global internet access.


Web Foundation website

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Oct 10, 2018
Jocelyn Bell Burnell on new frontiers in astronomy
00:22:26

Clive Cookson talks to astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell about her decision to give away her $3m Breakthrough Prize in physics and about what she sees as the most exciting new areas of future research.

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Oct 03, 2018
Tristan Harris on digital Frankensteins
00:28:00

The former Google employee turned campaigner has made it his mission to alert society about the dangers of using computer algorithms to capture our attention. He tells John Thornhill why he co-founded the Centre for Humane Technology and what it does.

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Sep 26, 2018
Liberty and morality in the AI era
00:25:05

Jamie Susskind, author of Future Politics, Verity Harding of Google DeepMind, and Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX, discuss liberty and morality in the AI era in a panel debate recorded at the FT’s recent FT Weekend Festival in London.

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Sep 19, 2018
Irene Ng on redistributing the economic power of data
00:23:51

Entrepreneur and academic Irene Ng talks to John Thornhill about the Hub of all Things - a microserver that allows people to own and control their own data.


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Sep 12, 2018
What's next for Dropbox?
00:26:24

Drew Houston, co-founder of the business software company, tells John Thornhill how he caught the entrepreneurial bug and what's next for Dropbox.

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Sep 05, 2018
Tech Tonic returns
00:01:35

John Thorhill and guests return for a news series of Tech Tonic, the show that looks at the way technology is changing our lives.

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Aug 29, 2018
How can we make governments smarter?
00:24:27

Robyn Scott talks to John Thornhill about her company Apolitical, a global news and networking site that seeks to share knowledge and spread best practice among the world's top civil servants

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May 09, 2018
The new AI battleground
00:22:09

Nicole Eagan, chief executive of Darktrace, tells John Thornhill corporate networks have become the new battleground in a cyberwar waged by criminals and state actors using artificial intelligence

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May 02, 2018
Terah Lyons on fashioning the AI future
00:27:30

John Thornhill talks to Terah Lyons, founding executive director of the Partnership on AI, a US initiative that brings civil society groups into a debate with big tech companies to promote the benefits of machine intelligence.

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Apr 25, 2018
What we can learn from ancient DNA
00:21:10

David Reich, professor of genetics at Harvard, talks to Clive Cookson, the FT's science editor, about how the genomic revolution is affecting paleontology and the study of human pre-history.

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Apr 18, 2018
Julia Shaw on a bot you can trust
00:25:30

Psychologist Julia Shaw talks to John Thornhill about her research into the fragility of human memory and how this helped her design a software tool that can be used to record and report workplace harassment

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Apr 11, 2018
The consumer awakening
00:29:52

How can we fix the digital future? Writer and Silicon Valley critic Andrew Keen tells John Thornhill our best resource is human agency and the power of consumers to reject products that they have lost faith in

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Apr 04, 2018
Facebook and Google: platforms or publishers?
00:47:05

The big tech platforms where many people get their news wield significant power. How do they work with publishers, and are they doing enough to combat "fake" news? FT global media editor Matt Garrahan put the questions to a panel of experts at the FT's Future of News conference in New York earlier this month. 


Guests are Campbell Brown, head of news partnerships at Facebook, Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, Jason Kint, chief executive of Digital Content Next and Richard Gingras, vice president of news at Google.

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Mar 28, 2018
Removing bias from AI
00:25:23

Kriti Sharma talks to John Thornhill about her work for the UK software company Sage and about her mission to bring greater diversity and accountability to the algorithms that guide our decisions.

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Mar 21, 2018
Rethinking the way we earn money
00:22:34

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes joins the FT's Hannah Kuchler to talk about economic inequality in the age of "big tech", and his proposal to shrink the income gap in the US. It's the subject of his book Fair Shot: Rethinking inequality and how we earn.

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Mar 14, 2018
Erel Margalit on investing in peace
00:29:07

John Thornhill talks to Erel Margalit, founder and chairman of Jerusalem Venture Partners, about his plan to help create a regional hub for tech startups and how he believes business collaboration in the region can help ease tensions when politicians fail.

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Mar 07, 2018
Is there anyone out there?
00:21:17

Clive Cookson, FT science editor, discusses the possibility of alien life and whether we would recognise it if we encountered it with British astrophysicist Paul Davies.

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Feb 28, 2018
ENCORE: When data rules the world
00:26:15

In this encore episode, John Thornhill talks to author and historian Yuval Noah Harari about his vision of a future when humans are no longer the smartest algorithm on the planet.

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Feb 21, 2018
Road testing self-drive cars
00:23:21

John Thornhill talks to nuTonomy's Gretchen Effgen about why the company chose Singapore as well as Boston to test its self-drive cars and why it uses a formal methods approach to developing its software.

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Feb 14, 2018
Jacqueline Poh on digital government
00:23:05

John Thornhill talks to the head of Singapore's GovTech about her work in advancing the country's Smart Nation ambitions

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Feb 07, 2018
Martin Rees on saving the planet
00:27:17

John Thornhill talks to leading astrophysicist Martin Rees about why he thinks we need to pay greater attention to the risks posed by environmental damage and the rapid adoption of new technologies.

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Jan 31, 2018
Silicon Valley's coming of age
00:28:49

Historian Leslie Berlin talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about the generation of entrepreneurs and investors, from Mike Markkula to Sandra Kurtzig, who transformed the tech hub in the 1970s and 1980s. It's the subject of her latest book "Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age". 

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Jan 24, 2018
Calum Chace on a world without work
00:24:45

Business and science fiction writer Calum Chace talks to John Thornhill about the exponential growth of AI and why we need to start planning now for a world without work.


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Dec 27, 2017
Social media in the classroom
00:29:13

How is the use of mobile technology and social media affecting the lives of children and adolescents? Sonia Livingstone, professor of psychology at the LSE in London, examined the issue in her book: The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age. She talks to Madhumita Murgia about her findings.

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Dec 20, 2017
Garry Kasparov on the risks and rewards of AI
00:24:10

Artificial intelligence is an important tool, but human beings have to be creative to understand how best to make use of it, former world chess champion Garry Kasparov tells John Thornhill

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Dec 13, 2017
Guarding against the next cyber attack
00:26:05

Army veteran and cyber security expert Rick Howard talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about the current state of cyber security, what we have learned from recent large-scale attacks known as WannaCry and NotPetya and what companies can do to try to guard against the next attack. 

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Dec 06, 2017
Why AI is the future
00:24:32

Phil Libin, former chief executive of Evernote, tells John Thornhill why he thinks artificial intelligence will soon be part of the fabric of all our lives and about his plan to create a global AI incubator

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Nov 29, 2017
Using tech to fight poverty
00:29:30

Elisabeth Mason, founding director of the Stanford Poverty & Technology Lab, talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about solving problems such as education inequality and job retraining the Silicon Valley way. 

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Nov 22, 2017
What has gone wrong with the internet revolution?
00:27:27

Internet pioneer Martha Lane Fox talks to John Thornhill about her work in trying to ensure that the technology lives up to its early ideals and serves the interests of people rather than big companies.

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Nov 15, 2017
Human friendly robotics
00:20:54

Artificial intelligence entrepreneur Mark Palatucci talks to John Thornhill about the consumer robot revolution and his efforts to help create empathy between humans and their robot toys

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Nov 08, 2017
The social media effect
00:30:52

Microsoft researcher and Data & Society president danah boyd talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about the effect of everyday technology, such as Facebook, on society and culture.

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Nov 01, 2017
Reclaiming Europe's digital sovereignty
00:26:17
Francesca Bria tells John Thornhill how she is helping citizens in Barcelona design their digital future, moving from an economy fuelled by advertising and surveillance and towards transparency and a new social pact on the ownership of data. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 25, 2017
Seth Stephens Davidowitz on data mining
00:21:51

John Thornhill talks to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former Google data scientist, about what our internet searches reveal about who we really are.


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Oct 18, 2017
Mary Lou Jepsen on the wearable MRI
00:27:42
Scientist and former Facebook and Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about her latest startup, Openwater, where she and a team of researchers are working to develop a ski helmet-sized imaging device that will one day read minds. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 11, 2017
Tech Tonic returns for a second series
00:01:03
Tech Tonic returns for a second series, starting next week. Our first guest is a former Google and Facebook executive who is working on a wearable diagnostic product that can read your mind. We’ll also be hearing how search engine data can be used to map our innermost thoughts, and we’ll be talking to experts in artificial intelligence, cyber security, robotics and much more. So look out for Tech Tonic, season 2, starting on Wednesday 11th October. You can subscribe on all the usual podcast platforms. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 04, 2017
What lies ahead for AR
00:35:12
Matt Miesnieks, creator of one of the first augmented reality apps and co-founder of startup 6D, tells the FT's Tim Bradshaw about the technological advances that make AR possible, and what needs to happen if it is to fulfill its promise. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 21, 2017
Tim Wu on addictive apps
00:25:31
The author of "The Attention Merchants" talks to John Thornhill about his concerns about the way some web apps are eating into our time For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 14, 2017
The graphics chip powering AI technology
00:22:50
Jensen Huang, chief executive of graphics chipmaker Nvidia, tells the FT's Tim Bradshaw how the graphics processing unit, or GPU, the company pioneered in the 1990s is being used in everything from virtual reality to machine learning to autonomous cars, drawing investor attention. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 07, 2017
Silicon Valley's newest recruits
00:24:02
Jeremy Johnson, chief executive of Andela, talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about how his company recruits and trains software engineers from several African countries and then places them with the top tech companies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 31, 2017
The limits of artificial intelligence
00:26:02
Despite billions being spent on research, even our best deep learning neural networks look pitiful when compared to the intricate design of the brain of a bumble bee or even an ant, Peter Bentley tells John Thornhill. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 24, 2017
Using blockchain to fight fraud
00:23:44
Leanne Kemp's company Everledger uses blockchain technology to track the provenance of assets, from diamonds to fine wines. She talks to John Thornhill about the technology's potential to combat fraud. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 17, 2017
Uber's plans for aviation on demand
00:22:16
Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, talks to the FT's Leslie Hook about the company's ambitious plan to start testing an aerial taxi service as soon as 2020. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 10, 2017
How US companies find the right talent
00:18:57
Mehul Patel, chief executive of Hired, talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about hiring trends in Silicon Valley and other technology hubs in the US, and what some companies are doing in response to President Donald Trump's executive action on immigration and the H-1B visa. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 03, 2017
What's next for Stripe and online payments
00:23:38
Stripe's John Collison speaks to the FT's Leslie Hook about what he and his co-founder brother have planned for the $9bn online payments company, why Silicon Valley is still their preferred place to have their headquarters and what it is like to be one of the Valley's youngest billionaire entrepreneurs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 26, 2017
What self-driving cars could do for robotics
00:30:07
Jeremy Conrad, co-founder of hardware incubator and VC fund Lemnos Labs, talks to the FT's Tim Bradshaw about the way economies of scale in the self-driving car industry could bolster the field of robotics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 19, 2017
How DeepMind vanquished Go
00:32:01
Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind, talks about what he learnt from the Alpha Go experience and the complex problems his artificial intelligence company has been working on since it was acquired by Google in 2014. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 12, 2017
Engineering your own chatbot
00:32:03
Lili Cheng and her team at Microsoft's FUSE Labs are at the forefront of research on social interaction with artificial intelligence. She joins the FT's Richard Waters to discuss the evolution of chatbot technology, what the company learnt from its experience with Tay, and the personalisation we can expect from the virtual assistants and chat apps of the future. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 05, 2017
Political disruption and the internet
00:20:05
Helen Margetts, head of the Oxford Internet Institute, talks to the FT's Madhumita Murgia about fake news, echo chambers, big data and why we need more research to be able to combat the "pathologies" of the internet. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 29, 2017
The virtue of cash
00:23:24
Rutger Bregman tells John Thornhill there is evidence to show that we can end poverty by handing out cash to those who need it. The idea of a universal basic income is one whose time has come, he says, and it is finding support in unexpected places like Silicon Valley. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 22, 2017
A look inside Uber
00:27:08
Uber investor and adviser Bradley Tusk talks to the FT's Leslie Hook about the highs and lows of the ride-sharing company's rapid expansion, and how companies in the sharing economy can manage regulatory hurdles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 15, 2017
Science and security
00:23:32
Entrepreneur Tom Ilube talks about his work with scientists to deploy their research in the battle against cybercrime, tech advances and education in Africa and why companies need to take cyber security more seriously. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 08, 2017
Cracking the ed-tech market
00:34:35
Duolingo cofounder and chief executive Luis von Ahn talks to the FT's Tim Bradshaw about creating the snackable language learning app that now serves more than 150m global users, and how the company's model can be translated into other digital education tools. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 01, 2017
Coding for everyone
00:24:45
Madhumita Murgia speaks to Kathryn Parsons about her work in promoting digital literacy through the company she co-founded, Decoded, which aims to teach people to code in a day. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 22, 2017
Sharing the cost of driving
00:24:35
Frédéric Mazzella tells the story of BlaBlaCar, the ride-sharing company he founded, which now operates in over 20 countries, and talks about the rise of tech entrepreneurship in France. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 15, 2017
The future of work
00:23:34
What will displaced professionals and workers do when intelligent machines take their jobs? Will poets, thinkers and musicians become sought-after occupations? Or will people slump into a world of virtual reality entertainment? Tim Bradshaw discusses possible outcomes with tech investors Kai-Fu Lee and Joi Ito. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 08, 2017
When machines outsmart their human designers
00:24:40
Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, was one of the first researchers to sound the alarm bell on the risks of developing artificial intelligence. He joins the FT's Richard Waters to discuss the state of AI, and how machines should be developed to avoid these risks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 01, 2017
Living in a modern surveillance state
00:32:18
Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about government surveillance in the US after the Snowden revelations, and how it could all change under a Trump administration. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 25, 2017
Disrupting the banking industry
00:26:47
Mike Cagney, chief executive and founder of online lender SoFi, talks to the FT's Tom Braithwaite about building a fintech company from refinancing student loans; the high-income millennials the service targets; and why they use tools like job search and member networking events to retain customers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 18, 2017
The changing face of Russian cyber espionage
00:32:48
Kevin Mandia, chief executive of cyber security firm FireEye, joins the FT's Hannah Kuchler to discuss how Russian hackers changed the rules of engagement of cyber espionage. Mr Mandia and his company, Mandiant, came to prominence in 2013 when it released a report implicating China in cyber spying. The company was later sold to FireEye for $1bn. This interview was recorded in early December 2016. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 11, 2017
Blazing a trail for women in tech
00:20:00
Madhumita Murgia, the FT's European technology correspondent, talks to Dame Stephanie Shirley, a pioneer of the computer software industry and one the first female tech entrepreneurs, about how she fell in love with computers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 04, 2017
Re-empowering the consumer
00:23:04
Nigel Shadbolt, co-founder of the Open Data Institute, talks to John Thornhill about the imbalance between the personal and private control of data and the need to re-empower the consumer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 28, 2016
Hacking foreign policy
00:28:48
As the first US ambassador to Silicon Valley, Zvika Krieger is trying to harness the tech capital's brain power to solve some of the country's biggest foreign policy challenges. He talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 22, 2016
Fighting back against the throwaway culture
00:19:49
Kyle Wiens, chief executive of iFixit, made his name by tearing apart mobile phones and laptops to understand how they were built and publishing his findings in open source repair manuals. He talks to the FT's Tim Bradshaw about the risks involved in the race for the thinnest tech devices, and what his company is doing to promote gadget repair and recycling. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 14, 2016
Inside Google's innovation factory
00:23:24
Alphabet's research and development lab X is the breeding ground for Google's biggest technological bets, including self-driving cars and a network of internet-providing balloons. Astro Teller, the entrepreneur and scientist at the helm of X, talks to the FT's Richard Waters about the new technologies he is helping to bring to market, and what he has learned in the six years of running an innovation factory. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 07, 2016
When data rules the world
00:26:22
John Thornhill talks to author and historian Yuval Noah Harari about his vision of a future when humans are no longer the smartest algorithm on the planet. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 30, 2016
The driverless car revolution
00:18:43
Driverless cars will improve our lives dramatically but, as with all technologies, there will be a dark side as millions of jobs disappear, Vivek Wadhwa, entrepreneur and academic, tells John Thornhill. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 23, 2016
Keeping the cyber hackers at bay
00:24:19
Nadav Zafrir, a former Israeli intelligence officer and co-founder of cyber security company Team8, talks to John Thornhill about tracking down cyber criminals and training the tech entrepreneurs of the future For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 16, 2016
Truth, lies and how to separate fact from fiction
00:20:24
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, talks to John Thornhill about truth and lies, the role of the media, and his mission to make the sum of human knowledge available to people all over the world For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 09, 2016
Harnessing the technological revolution
00:21:54
Tech utopia or tech dystopia? Carlota Perez of the London School of Economics talks to John Thornhill about the radical changes she believes are needed if we are to harness the benefits of the current technological revolution For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 02, 2016
Introducing FT Tech Tonic
00:01:05
In a new podcast from the Financial Times hear John Thornhill and correspondents around the globe in conversation with scientists, entrepreneurs and academics as they examine the way technology is changing the way we live, work and even the way we think. FT Tech Tonic starts on Wednesday November 2. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 25, 2016