Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

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The State of Nanotechnology
Dec 11 • 31 min
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.
Cybersecurity in the Age of AI
Dec 4 • 27 min
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.
Growth and the Energy Transition with Vaclav Smil
Nov 27 • 36 min
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.
AI, Accountability, and Power
Nov 20 • 30 min
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…
Technology and the New World of Work
Nov 13 • 35 min
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…
How Free-Market Economists Got It Wrong
Nov 6 • 36 min
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…
Beyond Deep Learning with Gary Marcus
Oct 30 • 36 min
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…
AI and the Future of Warfare
Oct 23 • 38 min
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…
Bubbles, Golden Ages, and Tech Revolutions
Oct 16 • 39 min
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…
Creating an AI-First Business with Andrew Ng
Oct 9 • 34 min
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.
Tony Blair: Governing in the Age of AI
Oct 2 • 33 min
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…
Introducing Season 4
Sep 25 • 3 min
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…
Engineering Biology
Aug 14 • 23 min
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.
Governance in the Age of AI
Aug 14 • 24 min
Leading AI researchers De Kai and Joanna Bryson join Azeem Azhar to discuss the state of governance and accountability in the age of AI.
Disrupting the Insurance Industry with AI
Aug 14 • 31 min
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.
Beneficial Artificial Intelligence
Jun 26 • 47 min
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.
Surveillance Capitalism
Jun 19 • 33 min
“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…
AI’s Near Future
Jun 12 • 30 min
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 Autonomous Economy
Jun 5 • 32 min
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.
Disrupting Finance
May 29 • 43 min
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…
Embedding AI in Business
May 22 • 36 min
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.
The Truth About Autonomy
May 15 • 38 min
“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…
AI and the Genetic Revolution
May 8 • 36 min
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…
When AI Meets Medicine
May 1 • 33 min
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.
The Innovation Economy
Apr 24 • 30 min
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.
Creating the Data Economy
Apr 17 • 33 min
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.
Designing Responsible AI
Apr 10 • 32 min
University of Bath professor Joanna Bryson, a leading AI researcher, discusses the opportunities and consequences of developing human-like computational intelligence.
Investing in Disruptive Innovation
Apr 3 • 36 min
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.
Technology Diffusion and the Rise of Asia
Feb 6 • 34 min
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…
Overcoming the Epistemic Crisis
Jan 30 • 26 min
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.
Regulating the Cyberspace
Jan 23 • 37 min
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…
Making Sense of the Data-Rich World with Graph Databases
Jan 16 • 51 min
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…
The State of Artificial Intelligence
Dec 26, 2018 • 60 min
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.
Quantified Self, Data Ownership, and the Sociological Approach to Technology
Dec 19, 2018 • 40 min
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.
Renewable Energy, Climate Change, and Technology
Dec 12, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Diplomacy in the Tech Age
Dec 5, 2018 • 60 min
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…
Doughnut Economics, Rethinking Economics for the 21st Century
Nov 28, 2018 • 54 min
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…
Space Innovation and Fixing the Earth
Nov 21, 2018 • 46 min
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…
The Future of Public Service and Governance
Nov 14, 2018 • 34 min
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…
The Future of Work and Democracy in the Information Age
Nov 7, 2018 • 49 min
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…
UBI, Automation, and Society in the U.S.
Oct 31, 2018 • 54 min
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.
The Challenging Political Economy of Silicon Valley
Oct 24, 2018 • 54 min
Reid Hoffman dives deep into Silicon Valley’s attitudes toward government, the role of the state in innovation, and maintaining techno-optimism.
Scaling Innovation
Oct 17, 2018 • 43 min
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.
AI, Warfare, and Global Security
Oct 10, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Entrepreneurs, the Market, and the State
Oct 3, 2018 • 60 min
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?
China, an AI Superpower
Sep 26, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Season 2 Intro: When Technology Meets Political Future
Sep 22, 2018 • 5 min
Azeem Azhar’s Exponential View podcast is back, exploring the intersection of political economy and exponential technologies.
Hacking Democracy
Jun 3, 2017 • 97 min
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?…
The State of Machine Learning
May 26, 2017 • 46 min
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…
Code as the Key Driver of Human Development
May 9, 2017 • 40 min
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…
Universal Basic Income
May 5, 2017 • 41 min
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.
How Music Could Take the Place of Drugs
Apr 28, 2017 • 38 min
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…
AI, Automation, and the Economy
Mar 4, 2017 • 45 min
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…
Intimacy with Robots
Feb 25, 2017 • 68 min
Computer scientist Kate Devlin discusses robot intimacy and a new age of sex, relationships, and social life.
Homo Deus
Feb 17, 2017 • 53 min
Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Yuval Harari and Azeem Azhar cover the compelling insights in his new book, “Homo Deus.”
The Future of Longevity
Dec 8, 2016 • 63 min
Philosopher and investor Dr. Shamil Chandaria investigates how we might live much longer lives and asks how we can make those lives more meaningful.
A Survey of Technology
Nov 19, 2016 • 41 min
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.
The Wealth of Humans
Nov 15, 2016 • 59 min
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.