Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

By HBR Presents / Azeem Azhar

How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.

Episodes

Geopolitics, Technology, and Risk

Geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how the forces of technology are shaping and threatening global stability.
19/02/2042m 0s

Surviving a Crisis During the Techlash

Renowned crisis manager, lawyer, author, and television producer, Judy Smith, the inspiration for the TV show “Scandal,” joins Azeem Azhar to discuss what tech businesses need to know to stay on top of their reputation in an era of instantaneous news and activist employees.
12/02/2032m 29s

Leading a Technology Giant During the Techlash

Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how regulation can advance the technology industry and innovation.
05/02/2035m 47s

Superintelligence Already Rules the World

We've already been living with artificial decision-making machines for hundreds of years -- we call them corporations and states. That’s the argument David Runciman makes in conversation with Azeem Azhar in this week’s episode. Runciman is professor of politics at Cambridge University and host of the “Talking Politics” podcast. He and Azeem discuss what this reframing of artificial intelligence can teach us about navigating the hurdles it presents.
22/01/2039m 11s

Building Unicorns in Europe

Reshma Sohoni, co-founder and managing partner Seedcamp (a seed-stage fund focusing on Europe), joins Azeem Azhar to discuss what it takes to build a thriving startup ecosystem outside Silicon Valley, and how some of Europe’s most successful startups were created.
18/12/1934m 7s

The State of Nanotechnology

One of the leading pioneers in the field of nanotechnology, physicist Sonia Contera joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how advances in biology, computing, and physics are bringing about another tech revolution that will change our lives.
11/12/1931m 48s

Cybersecurity in the Age of AI

Nicole Eagan, CEO of Darktrace, one of the world’s leading cybersecurity firms, joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how artificial intelligence is opening a new battlefield for hackers, governments, and private companies alike.
04/12/1927m 14s

Growth and the Energy Transition with Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil, preeminent expert on energy history and development, joins Azeem Azhar to discuss what is required for our fossil fuel-dependent civilization to transition to a sustainable energy system.
27/11/1936m 8s

AI, Accountability, and Power

Meredith Whittaker, co-director of the AI Now Institute and one of the organizers of the Google Walkout in 2018, joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how discrimination and bias are influencing the development of artificial intelligence, and how tech workers are working to change their industry for the better.
20/11/1930m 36s

Technology and the New World of Work

The reinvention of craftsmanship started in Silicon Valley, and it’s spreading and reshaping the rules of work. This is the thesis of Laetitia Vitaud’s latest book, “Du labeur à l’ouvrage (From Labor to Work)," which explores how technology is unbundling the Fordist compact between corporation and worker and forcing a new employment paradigm for the digital age.
13/11/1935m 30s

How Free-Market Economists Got It Wrong

Azeem Azhar and Binyamin Appelbaum discuss how a group of free-market economists managed to reshape our modern world. They promised growth and broad prosperity, but instead left us with fractured societies and weakened democracies. Appelbaum is the author of the new book, "The Economists’ Hour," a deep dive into the history of ideas that formed capitalism, as we know it.
06/11/1936m 43s

Beyond Deep Learning with Gary Marcus

Gary Marcus has a reputation for being a contrarian in the AI community. Over the past several years, Marcus, a neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and the author of “Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust,” has been a vocal critic of deep learning as the best way forward for AI. Marcus joins Azeem Azhar to discuss the alternatives for building better machine intelligence.
30/10/1936m 11s

AI and the Future of Warfare

Peace is fragile, especially when anyone can use open source technology to build a weapon to inflict harm, online and offline. General Sir Richard Barrons, former Commander of the UK’s Joint Forces Command, makes the case to Azeem Azhar that, as the definition of warfare is changing, we all need to take a more active role in stewarding peace.
23/10/1938m 5s

Bubbles, Golden Ages, and Tech Revolutions

Economist Carlota Perez joins Azeem Azhar to discuss the life cycle of technology revolutions and how they ultimately change every aspect of society. Perez is optimistic about the future -- she explains how we can harness technology to foster green growth and global development.
16/10/1939m 27s

Creating an AI-First Business with Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng, former leader of Google’s and Baidu’s AI divisions, joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how businesses should approach AI adoption, and how machine intelligence will change industries and our work.
09/10/1934m 52s

Tony Blair: Governing in the Age of AI

Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK, joins Azeem Azhar in conversation about how the technology industry and policy makers can work together to amplify their potential to serve the public good. Regulating big tech, as Blair explains, is only a small part of the solution in a necessary effort to transform our society and economy for the exponential age.
02/10/1933m 43s

Introducing Season 4

A sneak peak of the new season of Azeem Azhar’s Exponential View podcast. This is the show that bridges the gap between two cultures: technology & science on the one hand, and business & society on the other. Azeem’s conversations help you better understand how the tech revolution is changing our world. Season launch: Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
25/09/193m 1s

Engineering Biology

Investors Carina Namih and Gigi Levy-Weiss come together with LabGenius founder James Field and science writer Oliver Morton to explore the opportunity of engineering biology to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
14/08/1923m 52s

Governance in the Age of AI

Leading AI researchers De Kai and Joanna Bryson join Azeem Azhar to discuss the state of governance and accountability in the age of AI.
14/08/1924m 29s

Disrupting the Insurance Industry with AI

Daniel Schreiber, Lemonade’s CEO and cofounder, joins Azeem to discuss how the company is using artificial intelligence to disrupt a legacy industry by realigning incentives with the values that customers care about.
14/08/1931m 25s

Beneficial Artificial Intelligence

Stuart Russell, coauthor of the standard text on AI, “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,” joins Azeem Azhar to discuss the progress of AI research and implementation and how to ensure the outcomes are beneficial.
26/06/1947m 44s

Surveillance Capitalism

“All digital infrastructure is used to shape human behavior in the direction that will be successful in the marketplace,” says Shoshana Zuboff, whose latest book, "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism," is a primer for understanding how technology companies are shaping our economy and society.
19/06/1933m 29s

AI’s Near Future

Jürgen Schmidhuber is a recognized pioneer in the field of deep neural networks. His techniques form the basis of the modern AI systems used by billions of people daily on services like Google, Facebook, and the Apple iPhone. Jürgen joins Azeem to discuss the next thirty years of artificial intelligence.
12/06/1930m 4s

The Autonomous Economy

W. Brian Arthur, one of the founders of the discipline of complexity economics, explores the impact artificial intelligence and automation will have on the economy.
05/06/1932m 55s

Disrupting Finance

Citigroup leading analyst Ronit Ghose, Lemonade Insurance founder and CEO Daniel Schreiber, and OakNorth Bank founder and CEO Rishi Khosla discuss the new possibilities that AI offers the finance industry. Those who manage to use this emerging technology to reduce friction for customers will win.
29/05/1943m 4s

Embedding AI in Business

Accenture’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Paul Daugherty, discusses how to successfully integrate AI in your business: Do not think of it as bolt-on tech, but rather, as an opportunity to reimagine everything you do.
22/05/1936m 24s

The Truth About Autonomy

“We’re not even close to developing fully driverless cars,” urges Duke University professor Missy Cummings, a former fighter pilot and the director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke. She explores where automation currently is and paints a picture of the future with humans as integral parts of autonomous systems.
15/05/1938m 59s

AI and the Genetic Revolution

Theoretical physicist and founder of Genomic Prediction, Michigan State University senior vice president Stephen Hsu discusses the extraordinary developments in predictive genomics and digs into the ethical minefield that lies ahead: is the door now open to designer babies?
08/05/1936m 17s

When AI Meets Medicine

Eric Topol, the foremost expert in artificial intelligence in medicine, explores how the technology promises to revolutionize healthcare, making life better for both doctors and patients.
01/05/1933m 29s

The Innovation Economy

World-renowned economist Mariana Mazzucato discusses the role of the state as a value creator and how we can apply mission-oriented models of innovation to solve today’s burning challenges.
24/04/1930m 54s

Creating the Data Economy

AI researcher and entrepreneur Trent McConaghy discusses how blockchain will unlock the value of data by bridging the gap between the AI haves and have-nots and, in turn, helping to create the data economy.
17/04/1933m 3s

Designing Responsible AI

University of Bath professor Joanna Bryson, a leading AI researcher, discusses the opportunities and consequences of developing human-like computational intelligence.
10/04/1932m 3s

Investing in Disruptive Innovation

Investor Cathie Wood, one of Bloomberg’s 50 people who defined global business in 2018, discusses the five innovation platforms shaping our future and strategies for investing in them.
03/04/1936m 57s

Technology Diffusion and the Rise of Asia

Parag Khanna, a leading international relations expert, recently published the new book "The Future Is Asian: Commerce, Conflict and Culture in the 21st Century." He talks about the law of technology diffusion, breaks common myths about Asia's development, and questions whether the future belongs to cities or nation-states.
06/02/1934m 37s

Overcoming the Epistemic Crisis

Elif Shafak, an award-winning British-Turkish author and human rights activist, discusses the polarization of culture springing out of the foundations of the open internet, and the ways to tackle the pervasive issues in today's digital technology sphere.
30/01/1926m 47s

Regulating the Cyberspace

Marietje Schaake, a Dutch politician and member of the European Parliament (MEP) from the Netherlands, talks to Azeem Azhar about the governance of cyberspace, the responsibility of technology companies, and the new era of geopolitical competition in cyberspace.
23/01/1937m 23s

Making Sense of the Data-Rich World with Graph Databases

Emil Eifrem is the CEO and cofounder of Neo4j, the graph database platform powering some of the largest companies today. He is the creator of the property graph model, and he coined the term "graph database" to describe the technology that would change how we understand big data.
16/01/1951m 23s

The State of Artificial Intelligence

Jack Clark, the policy director at OpenAI, discusses the state of artificial intelligence development, the geopolitics of technology, and the implications of automation on society.
26/12/181h 0m

Quantified Self, Data Ownership, and the Sociological Approach to Technology

Gina Neff, a senior research fellow and associate professor at the University of Oxford, explores technology development from a sociological perspective, as well as the implications of self-tracking and the quantified self for the individual and society.
19/12/1840m 30s

Renewable Energy, Climate Change, and Technology

Michael Liebreich, a leading global expert on clean energy and transportation, discusses the significance of the U.S. National Climate Assessment and IPCC's report, the importance of staying below two degrees, and the role of exponential technologies in transitioning to renewables.
12/12/1857m 1s

Diplomacy in the Tech Age

Casper Klynge, the world's first tech ambassador, with a global mandate and staff in Copenhagen, Silicon Valley, and Beijing, assesses the current alignment between some of the largest technology companies and nation-states and discusses the role of technology in fostering democracy and innovation.
05/12/181h 0m

Doughnut Economics, Rethinking Economics for the 21st Century

Kate Raworth, senior visiting research associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, discusses the Doughnut economics framework as the essence of rethinking economics for a world inhabited by 10 billion people and hit by climate change and social justice struggles. Kate sets a vision for an equitable and sustainable future.
28/11/1854m 36s

Space Innovation and Fixing the Earth

Anousheh Ansari, the world's first female private space explorer and the first Iranian astronaut in space, discusses the ways space development could help us tackle climate change and pollution and achieve sustainable crypto mining. She shares about her journey to become a space explorer, her time on the International Space Station, and her role as the CEO of XPrize.
21/11/1846m 3s

The Future of Public Service and Governance

Lisa Witter, an award-winning executive, a serial entrepreneur, and the cofounder and executive chairman of Apolitical, discusses reviving trust in government, the road map for building the public service workforce of the future, and the role of agile in governance.
14/11/1834m 42s

The Future of Work and Democracy in the Information Age

Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts, a UK organization committed to finding practical solutions to societal problems, discusses the well-being economy, the meaning of good work in an age of automation, and the state of democracy.
07/11/1849m 17s

UBI, Automation, and Society in the U.S.

Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and author who is standing for president in the 2020 U.S. election, discusses the core ideas behind his platform, why they are necessary, and how to get there.
05/11/1854m 15s

The Challenging Political Economy of Silicon Valley

Reid Hoffman dives deep into Silicon Valley's attitudes toward government, the role of the state in innovation, and maintaining techno-optimism.
05/11/1854m 39s

Scaling Innovation

Entrepreneur and investor Elad Gil talks about Silicon Valley, scaling companies from 10 to 10,000 employees, the state of blockchain, and how blockchain and artificial intelligence will overlap.
05/11/1843m 33s

AI, Warfare, and Global Security

Azeem Azhar and Dr. Mariarosaria Taddeo, deputy director of the Digital Ethics Lab at the Oxford Internet Institute, unpack the state of cybersecurity and warfare, the complex symbiosis between governments and criminal actors, and the ways digital technologies are changing cyber warfare.
05/11/1853m 30s

Entrepreneurs, the Market, and the State

Azeem Azhar speaks with venture capitalist Bill Janeway about the three-player game between the mission-driven state, financial speculators, and markets in the innovation economy. Are we stuck on the dark side of this configuration? How do we move forward?
05/11/181h 0m

China, an AI Superpower

Kai-Fu Lee, a VC investor, technology executive, and one of the most prominent figures in the Chinese internet sector and AI, discusses the Chinese government's techno-utilitarian approach to technology, the ambition of China's technology founders, and the future of job automation.
05/11/1851m 6s

Season 2 Intro: When Technology Meets Political Future

Azeem Azhar's Exponential View podcast is back, exploring the intersection of political economy and exponential technologies.
05/11/185m 28s

Hacking Democracy

We’ve experienced a manifestation of new behaviors, driven by the underlying shifts around the democratic process: the transition from broadcast media to niche media moderated by dominant social media platforms. Have these behaviors hacked our democracy? For better or for worse? Azeem discusses these questions with Carole Cadwalladr, Luciano Floridi, Hari Kunzru, Tom Loosemore.
05/11/181h 37m

The State of Machine Learning

Dr. Danny Lange, VP of AI and machine learning at Unity, discusses the role of machine learning technologies in revolutionizing the ways games are developed and monetized. Dr. Lange talks about the significance of the undergoing paradigm shift in computing, the OODA loop in machine learning, and what happens to software engineers when their trade becomes obsolete.
05/11/1846m 41s

Code as the Key Driver of Human Development

Author Philip Auerswald talks about “code” in a broader meaning of the word — it is the “how” of human productivity, the manner in which we create, refine, and implement the infrastructure that forms a human society. The advancements of code, from the Neolithic era to the modern times, have driven identity and work reinvention.
05/11/1840m 44s

Universal Basic Income

Scott Santens, a writer and an advocate for universal basic income, talks about why he believes “citizen's salary” is a necessary measure for our societies to deal with tech unemployment by providing an independent income floor.
05/11/1841m 9s

How Music Could Take the Place of Drugs

Marko Ahtisaari, the CEO and cofounder of The Sync Project, presents ideas and projects born out of the vision that in the near future people will use non-drug modalities to heal, enhance well-being, and assist in therapy. He guides us through the recent experiment Unwind.ai, which uses your heart rate to select the tracks that will bring you peace of mind.
05/11/1838m 38s

AI, Automation, and the Economy

Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs, one of the world’s foremost thinkers on economic development, talks about how technology has improved the lives of countless humans. He explores how automated systems will increasingly replace both routine and high-skill jobs.
05/11/1845m 56s

Intimacy with Robots

Computer scientist Kate Devlin discusses robot intimacy and a new age of sex, relationships, and social life.
05/11/181h 8m

Homo Deus

Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Yuval Harari and Azeem Azhar cover the compelling insights in his new book, "Homo Deus."
05/11/1853m 36s

The Future of Longevity

Philosopher and investor Dr. Shamil Chandaria investigates how we might live much longer lives and asks how we can make those lives more meaningful.
05/11/181h 3m

A Survey of Technology

A wide-ranging conversation on technology with Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review. He touches on gene editing, Moore's Law, artificial intelligence, Facebook and fake news, and what ties all these disparate strands together.
05/11/1841m 42s

The Wealth of Humans

Ryan Avent, economics columnist at The Economist, and Azeem Azhar explore issues around digital technologies and how they will continue to exponentially change the relationship between capital and labor.
05/11/1859m 56s
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