FT Tech Tonic

FT Tech Tonic

By Financial Times

We are in the midst of a digital revolution, where the line between our physical world and cyberspace is blurring. Tech Tonic is the show that investigates the promises and perils of this new technological age. 


This season, FT innovation editor John Thornhill takes us into the emergency rooms, city centres and even cruise ships where tech innovation is solving some of the unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic, as he explores what this tech-driven world means for us all. 



Episodes

AI with military characteristics

Last year, the Pentagon watched closely as a human fighter pilot lost to an AI-powered adversary in a simulated dogfight. The US military is working to innovate faster as technology changes the nature of warfare. But many worry it has already fallen behind its main adversary, China. What does AI mean for military might, and how are debates over autonomous weapons unfolding in diplomatic backchannels? In the final episode of this season's Tech Tonic, FT innovation editor John Thornhill is joined by US-China correspondent Demetri Sevastopulo for a dive into military AI. We hear from Colonel Daniel “Animal” Javorsek, former deputy defence secretary Robert O Work, Elsa B Kania of the Center for a New American Security, and David Edelman, who works on AI and public policy at MIT.Alice Fordham is senior producer. Josh Gabert Doyon is assistant producer. Oluwakemi Aladesuyi and Liam Nolan are the development producers. Sound design and mixing by Breen Turner. Cheryl Brumley is the executive producer for this series. You heard the song John Henry performed by Joe Brown and Lonnie Thomas and original scoring composed by Metaphor Music. Review clips DARPA, IISS, AP, ABC, Library of Congress  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/08/2123m 37s

Brainstorm

In this episode of Tech Tonic, we ask whether AI's potential in the fight against the climate crisis justifies the massive amounts of energy it takes to run these systems. The computing power required to train AI concerns some researchers, who have built a calculator to count the tech's carbon footprint. But AI advances have also opened new avenues to fight climate change, by helping Arctic scientists, weather modellers, and green energy gurus. This week the FT’s innovation editor John Thornhill and environment and clean energy correspondent Leslie Hook, debate AI’s climate effects. We also hear from Jennifer Jackson, a molecular biologist at the British Antarctic Survey, and Sasha Luccioni, an AI researcher at Mila research institute in Quebec. Alice Fordham is the senior producer. Josh Gabert Doyon is the assistant producer. Oluwakemi Aladesuyi and Liam Nolan are the development producers. Sound design and mixing by Breen Turner. Cheryl Brumley is the executive producer for this series. Hydrophonic recordings kindly supplied by Ellen White at the University of Southampton. Review clips: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Sonos, Samsung, Google, Rogers, Universal Pictures, Three, NBC, Nintendo.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/08/2121m 2s

You Can’t Always Get What you Quant

From picking the best stocks to listening in on earnings calls, AI-powered systems are changing finance. But how big are the rewards, really? And what are the risks? In this episode Robin Wigglesworth tells us how AI has been used in investing, what happens when programs must adapt to new risks and what the robots could learn from watching children play. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times, and featuring Luke Ellis (chief executive of Man Group), Ewan Kirk (founder of Cantab Capital Partners and chairman of Deeptech Labs), Andrew Ng (founder of DeepLearning.AI and co-founder of Google Brain), and Alison Gopnik (professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley).Alice Fordham is senior producer. Josh Gabert Doyon is assistant producer. Oluwakemi Aladesuyi and Liam Nolan are the development producers. Sound design and mixing by Breen Turner. Cheryl Brumley is the executive producer for this series. Original scoring composed by Metaphor Music. Review clips: Alphabet, Netflix, Amazon, Man Group.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/2128m 21s

Trust me, I’m a robot

What does it mean for AI to augment human perception? In this episode the FT’s Madhumita Murgia takes us to a small village in rural India where AI is being used to help doctors better diagnose tuberculosis and looks at a healthcare system where it is helping patients who doctors may have overlooked. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times, and featuring Ziad Obermeyer (Associate Professor at University of California, Berkeley) and Dr. Ashita Singh (head of Medicine at Chinchpada Christian Hospital).Alice Fordham is senior producer. Josh Gabert Doyon is assistant producer. Oluwakemi Aladesuyi and Liam Nolan are the development producers. Sound design and mixing by Sean McGarrity. Cheryl Brumley is the executive producer for this series. You heard the song Down in the Coalmine by The Ian Campbell Folk Group, as well as original scoring composed by Metaphor Music.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/07/2122m 53s

Gamechanger

In this first episode of ourselves five-part series on AI, the FT’s innovation editor and host John Thornhill talks to some of the biggest names in AI research including the CEO of Google's DeepMind Demis Hassabis. He explores some of the latest innovations and asks a core question: will AI live up to its promise or succumb to its pitfalls? John speaks with Demis Hassabis, Pushmeet Kohli (head of AI for Science at DeepMind), and Margaret Mitchell (AI research scientist and former co-lead of the Ethical AI team at Google).Alice Fordham is senior producer. Josh Gabert Doyon is assistant producer. Oluwakemi Aladesuyi and Liam Nolan are the development producers. Sound design and mixing by Breen Turner. Cheryl Brumley is the executive producer for this series. Original scoring was composed by Metaphor Music. Review clips: Columbia Workshop/CBS, Charlie Rose, WPIX, Electronic Arts, DeepMind. When asked for comment on claims made by Margaret Mitchell in the show, a Google spokesperson said: “After conducting a review of this manager [Margaret Mitchell]’s conduct, we confirmed that there were multiple violations of our code of conduct, as well as of our security policies, which included the exfiltration of confidential business-sensitive documents and private data of other employees.”  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/2127m 39s

Season 2 coming soon

There is a huge amount of hype surrounding AI. It powers technology that can detect disease through scent, translate between languages in milliseconds, and write music almost as good as Bach. Yet this vast potential also stirs a great deal of fear. The power of AI is used to develop weapons and increase surveillance. We unwittingly encode our biases into its systems. The question of who is crafting AI and for what becomes increasingly important. Season two of Tech Tonic, explores the philosophical, ethical and technological cruxes of AI’s ever expanding role in medical research, modern warfare and investments. FT innovation editor John Thornhill and FT journalists take the listener on a journey through Google DeepMind’s turbo-powered scientific discoveries, to a hospital in rural India.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/2145s

Levelling the playing field

The digital revolution will be shaped by whoever controls our data. What does this mean for consumers and businesses? Tim Bradshaw, the FT’s global tech correspondent, looks at the increasing power of ecommerce giants. The idea of a few big companies controlling the market is an uneasy one for many so has the pandemic finally created the impetus to rein in the power of Big Tech? Hosted by the FT’s innovation editor, John Thornhill.Produced by Camille Petersen. Sound design and mixing by Breen Turner. The executive producers are Cheryl Brumley and Liam Nolan. Review clips: C-SPAN, Reuters, US Department of Justice, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institution.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/2125m 42s

The digital graduate

About 1.4bn students in more than 130 countries have spent parts of the past year adapting to learning online. The crisis has put the education sector into overdrive, and accelerated the way we use technology to study. For adult learners, distance learning offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to the university degree. Are online qualifications about to gain greater credibility and create more flexibility in the job market, or is this surge in digital education a passing fad? The FT’s San Francisco correspondent Patrick McGee speaks to edtech innovators who are rethinking traditional degrees and a trucker who learned to code. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times. Review clip: "I adore my Commodore 64" advert (1983, music by Terry Bush).Produced by Camille Petersen, with additional producing and editing by Oluwakemi Aladesuyi. Sound design and mixing by Breen Turner. Original music was composed by Metaphor Music. The executive producers are Cheryl Brumley and Liam Nolan.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/2124m 1s

Chasing digital footprints

Early in the pandemic, Taiwan legally gathered location data from more than 600,000 of its citizens to stem the spread of coronavirus. South Korea, another east Asian democracy, has similar legal measures in place. How far are those of us who live in democratic societies willing to trust "big government" with our data? The FT’s Greater China correspondent Kathrin Hille speaks to Taiwan's digital minister Audrey Tang and the country's former deputy prime minister Chen Chi-mai about this data-driven approach to solving a public health emergency. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times. For insights on Asia's booming tech scene, here is a free sign up to our #techAsia newsletter: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/tech-asiaThe producer and editor was Liam Nolan. Sound design and mixing was by Breen Turner, with additional audio editing by Howard Shannon. Location sound was recorded by Aki Chen. The executive producer was Cheryl Brumley. Additional reporting by Nicolle Liu in Hong Kong and Edward White in Seoul. Emma Zhou in Beijing helped with translation. Original music was composed by Metaphor Music. Review clip: CNN.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/2122m 43s

Disrupting the hospital

Could a piece of high-tech cloth keep Covid-19 patients out of hospital and allow them to be monitored at home? The FT’s pharma and biotech correspondent, Hannah Kuchler, reports on the wearable technology changing healthcare during the pandemic, and examines what it means for the future of patient care.Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times. Produced by Liam Nolan. Sound Design by Breen Turner and Louise Burton. Aimee Keane is the editor and the executive producer is Cheryl Brumley. Original music by Metaphor Music.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/2122m 44s

The future is here now

Our lives are increasingly moving from the offline to the online world, leaving a long trail of data in our wake. These data can be used to wield economic and political power, and to define us as communities and as individuals. What are the opportunities and risks?Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times. Produced by Liam Nolan. Sound Design by Breen Turner and Louise Burton, with additional production by Oluwakemi Aladesuyi. The editor is Aimee Keane, and the executive producer is Cheryl Brumley. Original music was composed by Metaphor Music. Review clips: NASA, Reuters, Computer History Museum, BBC, Thames TV/Freemantle, CBS.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/2119m 44s

A new season of Tech Tonic

The show that investigates the promises and perils of our digital age is back with a new season. FT innovation editor John Thornhill will take us into the emergency rooms, city centres and even cruise ships where tech innovation is solving some of the unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic, as he explores what this tech-driven world means for us all. Tech Tonic returns on Monday, March 1.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/2146s

AI research and big tech

John Thornhill talks to David Barber, director of the UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence in London, about how academic researchers can work with business and the wider community to create the best outcomes for society.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/1931m 13s

Niklas Zennström and Tom Wehmeier on the state of European tech

Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype and Atomico and Tom Wehmeier, Atomico partner and author of The State of European Tech report, talk to the FT's John Thornhill about whether Europe is becoming a tech hub.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/1922m 28s

Dave Ferrucci on teaching computers to think

Dave Ferrucci, CEO, founder and chief scientist of Elemental Cognition, talks to Richard Waters, the FT's West Coast editor, about his efforts to train computers to use language to reason.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/12/1926m 20s

Google's Kate Brandt on sustainable tech

Kate Brandt talks to John Thornhill about Google’s drive to minimise and offset the energy used in its operations and supply chains, and about its environmental insights explorer which helps cities find ways to reduce their carbon emissions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/1923m 47s

Digital technologies and the developing world

Economist Stefan Dercon tells John Thornhill about the findings of a research project he led, showing how, used wisely, technology can enable development, rather than just replace labour and put people out of work. Read his report here  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/1926m 46s

ENCORE: Jeni Tennison on open data

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, and about how Brexit will affect Britain's data economy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/1924m 46s

Scott Kupor on VC funding

John Thornhill talks to Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, about his book Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It, about the conditions needed to grow tech companies and the potential drawbacks of a venture capital dominated market.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/1931m 4s

Rana Foroohar on taming big tech

John Thornhill talks to FT colleague Rana Foroohar about her book Don’t Be Evil - How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles - And All Of Us  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/1922m 49s

Stuart Russell on losing control of AI

John Thornhill discusses how to make artificial intelligence safe for humans with Stuart Russell, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of new book ‘Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control’.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/10/1930m 32s

Jaan Tallinn on AI safety

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/1922m 3s

Wanted: work for humans

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/10/1925m 11s

What kind of art can AI produce?

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/1919m 54s

John Maeda on designing the future

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/1928m 1s

Sarah Chan on neural interfaces

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 hereAll 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, humansHow China dodged a trade war recession  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/1923m 54s

Alice Bentinck on harnessing tech talent

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/1924m 10s

Improving decision making through AI

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/09/1925m 42s

Priya Lakhani on AI's power to transform education

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/08/1930m 7s

Nicolas Berggruen on democracy in the digital age

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/1924m 20s

Ben Goertzel on benevolent robots

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/1935m 26s

Frances Arnold on directed evolution of enzymes

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/1930m 15s

Digital printing for the fourth industrial revolution

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/1927m 57s

Directing innovation towards sustainable growth

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/1932m 24s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/1931m 2s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/1930m 21s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/1925m 33s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/1931m 53s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/1929m 24s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/06/1950s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/1924m 21s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/1923m 22s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/1926m 49s

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.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/1923m 2s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/1924m 23s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/03/1925m 14s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/1925m 31s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/1924m 43s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/1925m 45s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/02/1927m 3s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/02/1924m 48s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/01/1923m 38s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/01/1928m 31s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/1929m 55s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/1931m 27s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/1927m 54s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/12/1830m 57s

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.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/1825m 26s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/12/1835m 23s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/12/1826m 21s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/1818m 10s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/1823m 59s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1826m 1s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/1821m 44s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/1823m 45s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/10/1824m 29s

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.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/10/1830m 44s

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.Web Foundation website  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1827m 14s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/1822m 26s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/1828m 0s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/1825m 5s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/1823m 51s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/1826m 24s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/181m 35s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/1824m 27s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/1822m 9s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/1827m 30s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/1821m 10s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/1825m 30s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/04/1829m 52s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/03/1847m 5s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/03/1825m 23s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/1822m 34s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/1829m 7s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/1821m 17s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/1826m 15s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/1823m 21s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/1823m 5s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/1827m 17s

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".   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/1828m 49s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/12/1724m 45s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1729m 13s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1724m 10s

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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/1726m 5s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/1724m 32s

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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/1729m 30s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/11/1727m 27s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/1720m 54s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1730m 52s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/1726m 17s

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.Listen to Tech Tonic on iTunes or Stitcher.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/10/1721m 51s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/10/1727m 42s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/10/171m 3s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/1735m 12s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/06/1725m 31s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/1722m 50s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/05/1724m 2s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/1726m 2s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/1723m 44s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/1722m 16s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/1718m 57s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/1723m 38s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/1730m 7s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/1732m 1s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/1732m 3s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/1720m 5s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/1723m 24s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/1727m 8s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/1723m 32s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/1734m 35s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/02/1724m 45s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/02/1724m 35s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/02/1723m 34s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/02/1724m 40s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/01/1732m 18s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/01/1726m 47s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/01/1732m 48s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/01/1720m 0s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/12/1623m 4s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/12/1628m 48s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/12/1619m 49s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/12/1623m 24s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/11/1626m 22s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/11/1618m 43s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/11/1624m 19s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/11/1620m 24s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/11/1621m 54s

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/161m 5s
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