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About the a16z Podcast: Discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future -- especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Multiple episodes -- and now shows -- are released every week; visit a16z.com for more details and to sign up for our newsletters and other content as well!
A Nobel for CRISPR! When, Who, How, What Now
with @vijaypande @jorgecondebio @smc90
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded this week to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for the revolutionary CRISPR/Cas9 "genetic scissors" technology for genome editing. But is that analogy too limited for describing the true power and potential of CRISPR as a platform? And while the time between (unexpected) discovery to practice to award has been less than a decade, where are we, really, with CRISPR in practice?
Nvidia + Arm
with @stevesi @withfries2 @smc90
We cover the latest news since Nvidia announced its intent to acquire Arm (including recent geopolitical concerns around the deal). But what's hype, what's real here -- and the broader history of computing innovation that's relevant here -- when it comes to understanding the broader implications, and players affected, by a potential merger?
Tiktok and 'Seeing Like an Algorithm'
with @eugenewei @smc90
In this special "2x" episodes of 16 Minutes, we cover the algorithm that powers TikTok, the short video platform that grabbed massive marketshare in cultures and markets never experienced firsthand by the engineers and designers in China, beating out other apps in the U.S. But with talk of U.S. ownership/partnership for TikTok, what happens if the algorithm isn't included? And what can we learn from the "creativity network effects" flywheel of TikTok; about "algorithm friendly" product design; and more broadly, for the future of video.
Apple and the 'Doctor’s Office on a Wrist'
with @grapealope @vijaypande @smc90
With Apple's announcing new watches, new sensors, and services for healthcare, are we really, finally seeing a wedge from fitness into data for clinical applications as well? We take an, ahem, "pulse check" on where we are when it comes to the idea of the "doctor's office on a wrist", teasing apart what's hype, what's real and where we are on the long arc of innovation for mainstream wearables.
A Faster, Cheaper Test -- Will It Really Democratize Coronavirus Testing?
with @vintweeta @smc90
Abbott Lab's latest COVID-19 test, which was just approved by the FDA, takes 15 minutes and will cost $5 -- making it a potential "game changer" in this pandemic... But does it truly democratize coronavirus testing? How is and isn't it like a pregnancy test? What does and doesn't the data tell us, and what key concepts (and math) do we need to know here?
Teladoc & Livongo, Is Virtual Care Fully Here?
with @julesyoo @vijaypande @smc90
The $18.5B merger of Teladoc and Livongo is a big deal not just because of the dollars and validation in public markets, but because it's aimed at creating "the first true health tech giant", and an end-to-end digital health platform at scale. However, the scale and opportunity in healthcare is so massivel; is this a drop in the bucket of what's out there? And is digital health and virtual health really finally here, or is it a temporary pandemic effect? What are implications for incumbents and startups, and where does go to market come in?
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