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Tech that is changing the world. Innovators who are shaping the future.

Deep discussions with diverse leaders from Silicon Valley giants and scrappy global startups. Plus some short monologues based on my Forbes columns.

TechFirst with John Koetsie‪r‬ John Koetsier

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Tech that is changing the world. Innovators who are shaping the future.

Deep discussions with diverse leaders from Silicon Valley giants and scrappy global startups. Plus some short monologues based on my Forbes columns.

    Is Elon Musk wrong about LIDAR in self-driving cars? This autonomous driving exec says yes ...

    Is Elon Musk wrong about LIDAR in self-driving cars? This autonomous driving exec says yes ...

    Do self-driving cars need LIDAR? Elon Musk says no, but most other experts say yes. And we’re going to talk to one of them today

    Omer Keilaf, founder and CEO, Innoviz, who supplies lidar for BMW and other manufacturers, says LIDAR is essential, because water or mud or dust can disrupt visual sensors.

    And, of course, all this is happening in an era when LIDAR is getting so cheap we can have it in our phones. Right now it's at $1000 for automotive uses; that's coming down to $100 or even less.

    Episode links:

    TechFirst transcripts (in about a week): https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/

    Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier

    Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/

    Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1

    • 15 min
    Robot spas, here we come: the LUUM lash extension robot in action

    Robot spas, here we come: the LUUM lash extension robot in action

    Would you let a robot make you prettier? The LUUM lash extension robot could soon do all kind of spa treatments ... and even do hair transplants. We have robot surgery, robot manufacturing … so why not robot aestheticians? Or … lash artists?

    I wouldn’t know from personal experience, but getting fake lashes takes 2-3 hours. A new robot can do it in just 30 minutes ... snd could eventually do everything from makeup to hair transplants.

    In this episode of TechFirst with John Koetsier, we chat with Philippe Sanchez, CEO of LUUM, and we watch his robot apply fake lashes to a client.

    Episode links:

    TechFirst transcripts (in about a week): https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/

    Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier

    Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/

    Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1

    • 17 min
    How Google is making the entire world smart, one jacket, t-shirt, and shoe at a time ...

    How Google is making the entire world smart, one jacket, t-shirt, and shoe at a time ...

    In this episode of TechFirst we chat with Google director of engineering Ivan Poupyrev. He's making the world smart, starting with clothing (we buy 150 billion items of clothing a year, according to one estimate) released with Google's Jacquard technology.

    That's going to help us all move beyond screens and make technology ambient in our lives, not central, he believes.

    But the vision extends beyond clothing to every object in our worlds. Join this chat to see what Poupyrev is working on, and how he sees the world in 10 years.

    Episode links:

    TechFirst transcripts (in about a week): https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/

    Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier 

    Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ 

    Google Jacquard: https://atap.google.com/jacquard/

    • 25 min
    $100 trillion of annual commerce is at risk. Can quantum computing save us?

    $100 trillion of annual commerce is at risk. Can quantum computing save us?

    Digital security sucks, and it’s about to get much worse. The question is: can quantum computing save us?

    In this episode of TechFirst I chat with Quantropi CEO James Nguyen, who has built the world's first non-photonic quantum key distribution over the Internet. He says that quantum computing is the next foundation of computing, period. And functioning, fast cryptography will open up our ability to use it, just like the internet unlocked PCs in the 90s.

    At stake? $100 trillion in annual commerce. Global national security. Safety in internet of things devices. Medical privacy. And much, much, more.

    Episode links:

    TechFirst transcripts (in about a week): https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/

    Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier

    Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/

    • 23 min
    This startup prints camera lenses like computer chips, 5000 at a time, with full EM spectrum sensing

    This startup prints camera lenses like computer chips, 5000 at a time, with full EM spectrum sensing

    A new startup out of Harvard Labs has invented a way to print camera lenses 5,000 at a time just like computer chips, and in the same semiconductor foundries that make our computer’s CPUs. They’re 100X thinner than standard smartphone camera lenses, are simpler and cheaper to make, sense the full electromagnetic spectrum — not just visible light — and have excellent 3D-sensing capabilities that could bring Lidar-based dimensional sensing functionality that’s currently only on high-end phones like the iPhone 12 to smartphones across the price spectrum.

    In this episode of TechFirst with John Koetsier, I interview Metalenz co-founder Rob Devlin.

    • 25 min
    Veteran to janitor to physicist: how Josh Carroll changed his life with YouTube

    Veteran to janitor to physicist: how Josh Carroll changed his life with YouTube

    Could you learn trigonometry in 3 weeks if your life depended on it?

    In this episode of TechFirst with John Koetsier we chat with Josh Carroll, who volunteered with the US Army after 9/11 before he finished high school,  did 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan, then came back and worked, among other jobs, as a high school janitor.

    In the library of the high school he was cleaning he found A Brief History of Time, by Dr. Stephen Hawking, and rediscovered his love of science. Then he taught himself advanced math via YouTube on his path to becoming a physicist ...

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Hey, this is my podcast, so take this review with a BIG grain of salt. I write at Forbes and have started doing my interviews live on social video. Then I extract the audio for this podcast.

Honestly, at first I kinda sucked. The audio quality wasn’t great, and I didn’t really know how to do a great podcast.

But what I do know is how to I interview people, and for this podcast I interviews the most interesting people in startups and tech about how they’re changing the world and building businesses.

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