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FT Tech Tonic

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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  • 15.07.2019
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    Paul Clarke on robotics and digital twins

    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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  • 08.07.2019
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    Jennifer Doudna on gene editing

    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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  • 01.07.2019
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    25:33
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    John Browne on engineering the future

     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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  • 24.06.2019
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    Nathan Jurgenson on social media and the selfie

    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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  • 17.06.2019
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    Eric Topol on making healthcare more human

    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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  • 12.06.2019
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    New season starts on Monday

    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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  • 17.04.2019
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    Andrew Ng on building an AI workforce

    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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  • 10.04.2019
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    23:22
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    Rana Yared on investing in fintech

    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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  • 03.04.2019
    38 MB
    26:49
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    Marcus du Sautoy on creative AI

    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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  • 27.03.2019
    33 MB
    23:02
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    James Vlahos on voice technology

    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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  • 20.03.2019
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    24:23
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    Peter Schwartz on automating the brain

    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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  • 12.03.2019
    36 MB
    25:14
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    Tim Berners-Lee on reshaping the web

    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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  • 06.03.2019
    36 MB
    25:31
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    Jack Conte on crowdfunding for creators

    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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  • 27.02.2019
    35 MB
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    Jeni Tennison on data ethics

    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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  • 20.02.2019
    37 MB
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    James Williams on the attention economy

    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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  • 13.02.2019
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    27:03
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    Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism

    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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  • 06.02.2019
    35 MB
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    Will Marshall on mapping the earth

    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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  • 30.01.2019
    34 MB
    23:38
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    Taavet Hinrikus on disrupting the banks

    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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  • 23.01.2019
    41 MB
    28:31
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    AI and software's 'singular moment'

    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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  • 16.01.2019
    43 MB
    29:55
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    The risks and rewards of gene-editing

    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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  • 09.01.2019
    45 MB
    31:27
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    Vivienne Ming on solving human problems

    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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  • 02.01.2019
    40 MB
    27:54
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    Diego Piacentini on GovTech

    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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  • 26.12.2018
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    30:57
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    Trust in the digital age

    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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  • 19.12.2018
    36 MB
    25:26
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    Graphcore's next generation chip technology

    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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  • 12.12.2018
    50 MB
    35:23
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    What robots can teach humans

    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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  • 05.12.2018
    37 MB
    26:21
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    Making the most of work chat

    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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  • 28.11.2018
    26 MB
    18:10
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    Artificial intelligence that learns on the fly

    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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  • 21.11.2018
    34 MB
    23:59
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    The business of cybercrime

    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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  • 14.11.2018
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    26:01
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    Technology and the human brain

    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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  • 07.11.2018
    31 MB
    21:44
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    Investing in deep tech

    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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  • 31.10.2018
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    23:45
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    Puncturing the AI hype

    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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  • 24.10.2018
    35 MB
    24:29
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    Who sets the internet standards?

    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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  • 17.10.2018
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    David Sanger on cyber warfare

    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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  • 10.10.2018
    39 MB
    27:14
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    Adrian Lovett on fighting for a better web

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


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  • 03.10.2018
    32 MB
    22:26
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    Jocelyn Bell Burnell on new frontiers in astronomy

    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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  • 26.09.2018
    40 MB
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    Tristan Harris on digital Frankensteins

    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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  • 19.09.2018
    36 MB
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    Liberty and morality in the AI era

    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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  • 12.09.2018
    34 MB
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    Irene Ng on redistributing the economic power of data

    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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  • 05.09.2018
    38 MB
    26:24
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    What's next for Dropbox?

    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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  • 29.08.2018
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    Tech Tonic returns

    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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  • 09.05.2018
    35 MB
    24:27
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    How can we make governments smarter?

    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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  • 02.05.2018
    31 MB
    22:09
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    The new AI battleground

    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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  • 25.04.2018
    39 MB
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    Terah Lyons on fashioning the AI future

    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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  • 18.04.2018
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    What we can learn from ancient DNA

    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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  • 11.04.2018
    36 MB
    25:30
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    Julia Shaw on a bot you can trust

    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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  • 04.04.2018
    43 MB
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    The consumer awakening

    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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  • 28.03.2018
    39 MB
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    Facebook and Google: platforms or publishers?

    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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  • 21.03.2018
    36 MB
    25:23
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    Removing bias from AI

    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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  • 14.03.2018
    19 MB
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    Rethinking the way we earn money

    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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  • 07.03.2018
    41 MB
    29:07
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    Erel Margalit on investing in peace

    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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  • 28.02.2018
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    Is there anyone out there?

    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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  • 21.02.2018
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    ENCORE: When data rules the world

    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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  • 14.02.2018
    33 MB
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    Road testing self-drive cars

    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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  • 07.02.2018
    33 MB
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    Jacqueline Poh on digital government

    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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  • 31.01.2018
    39 MB
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    Martin Rees on saving the planet

    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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  • 24.01.2018
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    Silicon Valley's coming of age

    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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  • 27.12.2017
    35 MB
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    Calum Chace on a world without work

    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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  • 20.12.2017
    42 MB
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    Social media in the classroom

    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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  • 13.12.2017
    34 MB
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    Garry Kasparov on the risks and rewards of AI

    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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  • 06.12.2017
    21 MB
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    Guarding against the next cyber attack

    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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  • 29.11.2017
    35 MB
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    Why AI is the future

    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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  • 22.11.2017
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    Using tech to fight poverty

    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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  • 15.11.2017
    39 MB
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    What has gone wrong with the internet revolution?

    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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  • 08.11.2017
    30 MB
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    Human friendly robotics

    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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  • 01.11.2017
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    The social media effect

    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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  • 25.10.2017
    37 MB
    26:17
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    Reclaiming Europe's digital sovereignty

    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

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  • 18.10.2017
    31 MB
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    Seth Stephens Davidowitz on data mining

    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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  • 11.10.2017
    23 MB
    27:42
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    Mary Lou Jepsen on the wearable MRI

    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

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  • 04.10.2017
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    Tech Tonic returns for a second series

    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

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  • 21.06.2017
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    What lies ahead for AR

    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

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  • 14.06.2017
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    Tim Wu on addictive apps

    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

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  • 07.06.2017
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    The graphics chip powering AI technology

    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

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  • 31.05.2017
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    Silicon Valley's newest recruits

    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

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  • 24.05.2017
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    The limits of artificial intelligence

    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.

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  • 17.05.2017
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    Using blockchain to fight fraud

    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

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  • 10.05.2017
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    Uber's plans for aviation on demand

    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

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  • 03.05.2017
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    How US companies find the right talent

    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

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  • 26.04.2017
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    What's next for Stripe and online payments

    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

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  • 19.04.2017
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    What self-driving cars could do for robotics

    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

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  • 12.04.2017
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    How DeepMind vanquished Go

    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

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  • 05.04.2017
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    Engineering your own chatbot

    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

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  • 29.03.2017
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    Political disruption and the internet

    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

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  • 22.03.2017
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    The virtue of cash

    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

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  • 15.03.2017
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    A look inside Uber

    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

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  • 08.03.2017
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    Science and security

    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

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  • 01.03.2017
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    Cracking the ed-tech market

    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

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  • 22.02.2017
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    Coding for everyone

    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

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  • 15.02.2017
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    Sharing the cost of driving

    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

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  • 08.02.2017
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    The future of work

    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

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  • 01.02.2017
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    When machines outsmart their human designers

    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

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  • 25.01.2017
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    Living in a modern surveillance state

    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

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  • 18.01.2017
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    Disrupting the banking industry

    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

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  • 11.01.2017
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    The changing face of Russian cyber espionage

    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

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  • 04.01.2017
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    Blazing a trail for women in tech

    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

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  • 28.12.2016
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    Re-empowering the consumer

    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

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  • 22.12.2016
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    Hacking foreign policy

    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

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  • 14.12.2016
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    Fighting back against the throwaway culture

    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

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  • 07.12.2016
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    Inside Google's innovation factory

    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

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  • 30.11.2016
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    When data rules the world

    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

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  • 23.11.2016
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    The driverless car revolution

    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

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  • 16.11.2016
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    Keeping the cyber hackers at bay

    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

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  • 09.11.2016
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    Truth, lies and how to separate fact from fiction

    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

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  • 02.11.2016
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    Harnessing the technological revolution

    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

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  • 25.10.2016
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    Introducing FT Tech Tonic

    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

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