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.
Imagining Climate Futures with Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson, the legendary science-fiction novelist, has a private utopian hope: “to dodge a mass extinction event.” He joins Azeem Azhar to explore his recent novel, The Ministry For the Future, and what it would take for institutions, individuals, and emerging technologies to save millions of lives.
How to Regulate Facebook (with Nick Clegg)
Facebook serves 34 percent of the world’s population and decides who to block and what to censor. How should governments regulate this startling power? Nick Clegg, the UK’s former deputy prime minister and now vice president of Global Affairs and Communications at Facebook, joins Azeem Azhar to explore how governments might reassert control in the exponential age.
The Future of Digital Payments
Visa processes more than 500 million transactions every day. How is the world’s largest digital payment platform adapting to new technologies and fresh competition? Charlotte Hogg, executive vice president and CEO of its European operations, joins Azeem Azhar to explore the evolving ecosystem of digital payments.
How to Practice Responsible AI
From predictive policing to automated credit scoring, algorithms applied on a massive scale, gone unchecked, represent a serious threat to our society. Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, director of Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency and Accountability at Twitter, joins Azeem Azhar to explore how businesses can practice responsible AI to minimize unintended bias and the risk of harm.
The Coming AI Hackers
AI hackers are coming, and it’s not just our computer networks at risk – our laws and regulations are also vulnerable. Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist and fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, joins Azeem Azhar to explore how humans have always exploited loopholes in rule-based systems, and how that will change as AIs become more powerful.
Banking without Banks: Decentralized Finance is Coming
Could we have a financial industry without banks or brokers? That’s the vision of decentralized finance – or DeFi – in which financial products are built from tamper-proof digital smart contracts interacting with blockchains. Sergey Nazarov, co-founder of Chainlink, joins Azeem Azhar to explore the promise of this emerging sector to bring greater transparency, control, and yield for both customers and businesses.
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.
Complexity Made Comprehensible
Thank you for the most concise & comprehensive discussion on Quantum Computing, as well as many other relevant topics of our times.
The key driver of the quality being the host’s effective lead in establishing the right flow in the questioning which leads to a great educated discussion among real experts.
Many thanks 🙏