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After more than a decade in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the techies trying to change the world - and make loads of money while doing it.
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    • 4.9 • 474 Ratings

After more than a decade in London, Danny Fortson returns to Silicon Valley to meet the techies trying to change the world - and make loads of money while doing it.
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    Climactic's Raj Kapoor: "We need 1,000 climate tech unicorns"

    Climactic's Raj Kapoor: "We need 1,000 climate tech unicorns"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Raj Kapoor, co-founder of Climactic, to talk about growing up in Pennsylvania (3:10), his early days in Silicon Valley (8:00), making himself president of the Internet (club) (10:30), his first startup (16:30), Cleantech 1.0 (22:00), joining Lyft (25:00), self-driving cars (28:30), raising a first fund at Climactic (32:15), using software to cut emissions (37:00), and remaking the electric grid (45:00).


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    The Hacking Games' Fergus Hay: "Most hackers are kids"

    The Hacking Games' Fergus Hay: "Most hackers are kids"

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Fergus Hay, founder of The Hacking Games, to talk about why he started the company (5:00), the difference between the real and online worlds (9:30), why everyone gets caught (15:15), his plan for a documentary and television series (21:00), the Hollywood angle (25:45), making hacking sexy (30:30), the cybersecurity industry’s stance on hackers (35:05), how much of cybercrime is invisible (40:45), and reaching young people (44:10).
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    • 47 min
    Investing in Us’ Dmitri Mehlhorn: “Tech and America’s $30bn election year”

    Investing in Us’ Dmitri Mehlhorn: “Tech and America’s $30bn election year”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Dmitri Mehlhorn to talk about Investing in Us (4:45), what it invests in (7:30), funneling cash into election groups (13:20), why America’s election will be decided by the finest of margins (16:50), how artificial intelligence fits with democracy (21:15), the dangers (26:05), Silicon Valley’s attitude to politics (32:50), what works when it comes to changing people’s minds (37:30), why age might not be Joe Biden’s biggest problem (41:40), and a terrifying thought experiment (45:00).
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    • 48 min
    Longevity enthusiast Bryan Johnson

    Longevity enthusiast Bryan Johnson

    A throwback conversation with Bryan Johnson, a billionaire techie turned longevity enthusiast who goes to extreme measures to "reverse" his age.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Khan Academy’s Sal Khan: “Building an AI tutor for every student”

    Khan Academy’s Sal Khan: “Building an AI tutor for every student”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, to talk about how he started tutoring family members (4:30), doing startups in the dotcom boom (5:50), starting to do videos in 2006 (10:15), building a business from his closet (14:15), linking up with openAI (16:30), building an AI tutor (19:40), dealing with hallucinations (22:30), moving from text to voice and video (25:55), the Covid effect (30:30), an education co-pilot (33:45), the relationship with schools (38:00), and his new book (42:50).
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    • 45 min
    Metaphysic’s Martin Adams: “Copyrighting humans”

    Metaphysic’s Martin Adams: “Copyrighting humans”

    The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Martin Adams of Metaphysic to talk about using artificial intelligence in entertainment (3:20), the Tom Cruise moment (5:50), how the technology is accelerating (9:20), what it means for Hollywood (13:10), scaling humans (17:35), how much data is needed (22:40), copyrighting people (25:20), the election (30:10), his early days running raves in London (34:35), growing up in Essex (37:40), going to Harvard law (38:45), and the first AI feature film (40:00).
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
474 Ratings

474 Ratings

Alan at Capital ,

Brilliant

The episode with Emad Mostaque was brilliant - one of the best podcast episodes I’ve listened to in ages and the best AI focused one.

Keep up the good work.

E96543 ,

👌👌👌

A highlight of my commuting week; always intriguing

Tel3machus ,

Underrated and Awesome

Great show, every week. Interesting people, tough questions, intriguing answers. Thanks Danny!

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