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The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators. Alex Kantrowitz, a Silicon Valley journalist who's interviewed the world's top tech CEOs — from Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Ellison — is the host.

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The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators. Alex Kantrowitz, a Silicon Valley journalist who's interviewed the world's top tech CEOs — from Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Ellison — is the host.

    Google’s Crazy AI Overviews, OpenAI’s Superalignment Drama, NVIDIA’s Unstoppable Run

    Google’s Crazy AI Overviews, OpenAI’s Superalignment Drama, NVIDIA’s Unstoppable Run

    Ranjan Roy from Margins is back for our weekly discussion of the latest tech news. We cover 1) Google's AI Overviews tell us to eat rocks 2) Is this a signal the web really is done? 3) Google's history of messy AI launches 4) OpenAI's super-alignment team in chaos 5) Is there immediate AI safety risk or did the team leave because there isn't? 6) OpenAI's NDA practices 7) Did OpenAI take Scarlett Johansson's voice? 8) Is there a line for the tech industry taking intellectual property? 9) NVIDIA's wild earnings report 10) Is this the end of the NVIDIA run? 11) When are we going to see an ROI on AI spending?
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    • 59 min
    What Cheaper, Faster, and Smarter AI Gets Us — With Aaron Levie

    What Cheaper, Faster, and Smarter AI Gets Us — With Aaron Levie

    Aaron Levie is the CEO of Box. Levie joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss the implications of AI getting cheaper and faster after OpenAI cut GPT-4o's prices by half and made it twice as fast. We also cover AI's impact of AI on jobs, the evolving AI safety debate, and how companies like Box are harnessing these powerful technologies. It was our first public event and such a blast to meet so many of you! Hit play for a thought-provoking exploration of the AI cutting edge, and what comes next.
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    • 55 min
    OpenAI’s Big Week, Did Google Kill The Web, AWS CEO Resigns

    OpenAI’s Big Week, Did Google Kill The Web, AWS CEO Resigns

    Ranjan Roy from Margins is back for our weekly discussion of the latest tech news. We cover 1) OpenAI's GPT-4o announcement 2) Is voice + video the right user interface? 3) Do we need smartglasses for this technology? 4) Was ChatGPT-4o too flirty? (yes) 5) OpenAI's potential iOS partnership with Apple 6) Siri improvements are coming 7) What AI + iphone could look like ahead of WWDC 8) Will AI features increase iPhone purchases 9) Listener feedback on the iPad 10) Ilya's out 11) Future of allignment at OpenAI 12) "I've resigned" resignation letters 13) Google IO announcements 14) What's left of the web after Google's AI overviews 15) How the latest AI updates change Google's business 16) AWS CEO Adam Selipsky resigns 17) Amazon's AI strategy
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    • 46 min
    AI Scaling, Alignment, and the Path to Superintelligence — With Dwarkesh Patel

    AI Scaling, Alignment, and the Path to Superintelligence — With Dwarkesh Patel

    Dwarkesh Patel is the host of the Dwarkesh Podcast, where he's interviewed Mark Zuckerberg, Ilya Sustkever, Dario Amodei, and more AI leaders. Patel joins Big Technology to discuss the current state and future trajectory of AI development, including the potential for artificial general intelligence (AGI) and superintelligence. Tune in to hear Patel's insights on key issues like AI scaling, alignment, safety, and governance, as well as his perspective on the competitive landscape of the AI industry. We also cover the influence of the effective altruism movement on Patel's thinking, his podcast strategy, and the challenges and opportunities ahead as AI systems become more advanced. Listen for a wide-ranging and insightful conversation that grapples with some of the most important questions of our technological age.
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    Apple's Bad iPad Ad, AI Assistant Hype, Netflix's Big Live Ambitions

    Apple's Bad iPad Ad, AI Assistant Hype, Netflix's Big Live Ambitions

    Ranjan Roy from Margins is back for our weekly discussion of the latest tech news. We cover 1) Apple's bad iPad ad 2) Is the backlash largely due to the creative, of people's feelings about Apple as a company 3) Asking Claude about the reaction to the ad 4) Apple's big moment at WWDC 5) Apple building server-side AI compute 6) Better Siri 7) OpenAI teases GPT-5 8) AI assistant buzz 9) AI as a dating concierge 10) AI news creating a zombie internet 11) Netflix's Tom Brady roast 12) Netflix's big bet on live TV, including the NFL.
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    • 54 min
    Economics of OpenAI, Tesla’s Robotics Pivot, Hedonic Treadmill — With Slate Money

    Economics of OpenAI, Tesla’s Robotics Pivot, Hedonic Treadmill — With Slate Money

    Felix Salmon, Emily Peck, and Elizabeth Spiers are the hosts of the Slate Money podcast. They join Big Technology to discuss the economics and societal implications of artificial intelligence and robotics. Tune in to hear their nuanced take on the costs, challenges, and potential paths forward for companies like OpenAI and Tesla as they pursue ambitious goals AI and robotics. We also cover the realities of retirement in modern economies and the ongoing debate over raising retirement ages. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation at the intersection of tech, business, and society, featuring experts who aren't afraid to challenge assumptions and dive deep into the details.
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 Ratings

Jaw tracker ,

Awesome Podcast

Great homework and analysis. Alex works very hard to go deeper on topics and deliver insights. Great guests and interviews are nuanced and insightful. Ranjan and Alex’s chemistry is great. One of the best tech podcasts out there!

jsolly2024 ,

Well-balanced and Informative Tech Podcast!

Been listening for over a year. I have listened to most tech podcasts and this one is my favorite. I love the nuanced conversations and the high-profile guests from the biggest players in tech!

The hosts do a great job staying politically neutral and asking their guests insightful questions. I always look forward to the latest episode and hope to continue listening for many years to come!

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Elon Musk “is not an engineer”

Real quote from the Slate Money episode… I almost spit out my coffee. The dude wrote software before he hit puberty and built two impossible engineering startups. Self-taught. I can’t fault a podcast for something a random guest said, even if it was the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. (Updated 05/15)

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