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.
Grading AI: The Hits and Misses
Murray Shanahan, professor of cognitive robotics at Imperial College London and a senior research scientist at DeepMind, joins Azeem Azhar to discuss AI: where developments have exceeded expectations, where they have fallen short, and what the next steps are towards an artificial general intelligence.
Technology and Redistribution of Power (with Yanis Varoufakis)
Former Greek Finance Minister, economist, and bestselling author Yanis Varoufakis joins Azeem Azhar to discuss his speculative novel Another Now. The book isn’t pure fiction; it’s an optimistic vision of what our society could yet become -- a world where mass organization, technological progress, and an overhaul of companies and markets have made society more equitable.
The AI Revolution is Just Beginning (with Nathan Benaich and Ian Hogarth)
Investors Nathan Benaich and Ian Hogarth co-author the influential, annual “State of AI” report. They join Azeem Azhar to discuss breakout developments in disparate fields, from defense to medical biology. And they offer their take on the flood of new investments into AI and how we can best keep the technology safe for humanity.
Why Energy Storage Is the Future of the Grid (with Malta CEO Ramya Swaminathan)
Renewable energy is the future of our power systems, but relying on solar, wind, etc. will require a more reliable and resilient grid. Energy storage will be essential, and Malta Inc.’s molten-salt system is one of the most innovative and promising technologies in the field. CEO Ramya Swaminathan joins Azeem Azhar to discuss why energy storage is so crucial to fighting climate change, how it could affect the economics of energy, and why the electric grid of the future will be more technologically diverse and complex than today’s.
Building a Multibillion-Dollar Company in 18 Months (with Hopin’s Johnny Boufarhat)
Hopin is one of the fastest-growing startups in history. The virtual events company had six employees in February 2020, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. A year and a half later, it employs more than eight hundred and is valued at almost $8 billion. Founder and CEO Johnny Boufarhat joins Azeem Azhar to discuss seizing the opportunity the pandemic presented, learning to lead at one of the fastest-growing startups in history, and why he dreams of a future in which a founder’s location is no impediment to success.
Decarbonization by the Numbers (with Michele Della Vigna)
Governments and companies have committed to net-zero emissions by 2050, but it’s not clear how they plan to get there – or how much it will cost. Michele Della Vigna, who runs the Carbonomics research program at Goldman Sachs, has dug into the economics behind a transition to net-zero emissions. On the eve of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), he and Azeem Azhar discuss how capital markets, new technology, and government coordination could combine to accelerate the transition to a greener economy.
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Complex Subjects Made Simple
I couldn’t recommend this podcast more - I’ve always been interested in complex technologies but I’ve never found a means of digesting that information in a way that made sense. Not until this podcast, that is!
NPR with a brain
The most disappointing podcast I've tried out. The topics are great. Speaker is clear and concise. Good production too. But everything is spun from the left. Recently, listened to one on mapping AI's impact. Was hoping to hear something like Netflix' Social dilemma which described how social media hijacks our emotional impulses. However, the speaker was all about environment degradation, white bias in data, high tech isn't paying taxes, etc. It was like an intelligent episode of an NPR program.
All they said may be true, but I've never heard anything positive about a position from the right and every position the left takes was good. So, I don't know where there objectivity gives way to activism and a one sided view. Saying high tech companies don't pay taxes is just untrue. The companies are owned by stockholders. When their stock goes up, they pay taxes on them. They may not be paying enough, but you need to provide a more sophisticated view; inotherwords both sides even if you dis one side. It's fine to have an opinion, just be complete.