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FT Tech Tonic

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A weekly conversation that looks at the way technology is changing our economies, societies and daily lives. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times.

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A weekly conversation that looks at the way technology is changing our economies, societies and daily lives. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times.

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24 Ratings
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US bashing only

By ihjaoanuanaksna - Jul 22 2019
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They really do LOVE saying how much better China is than USA. Complete garbage

Spot on

By WestchesterNY - Apr 08 2018
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The information is fascinating and up to the moment. The interviews get to the heart of the matter and are with leading figures. Worth every minute of listening.

iTunes Ratings

24 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
3
2
1
2

US bashing only

By ihjaoanuanaksna - Jul 22 2019
Read more
They really do LOVE saying how much better China is than USA. Complete garbage

Spot on

By WestchesterNY - Apr 08 2018
Read more
The information is fascinating and up to the moment. The interviews get to the heart of the matter and are with leading figures. Worth every minute of listening.
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FT Tech Tonic

Latest release on Dec 16, 2019

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A weekly conversation that looks at the way technology is changing our economies, societies and daily lives. Hosted by John Thornhill, innovation editor at the Financial Times.

Rank #1: A look inside Uber

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Uber investor and adviser Bradley Tusk talks to the FT's Leslie Hook about the highs and lows of the ride-sharing company's rapid expansion, and how companies in the sharing economy can manage regulatory hurdles.  

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Mar 15 2017

27mins

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Rank #2: Tim Wu on addictive apps

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The author of "The Attention Merchants" talks to John Thornhill about his concerns about the way some web apps are eating into our time  

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Jun 14 2017

25mins

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Rank #3: ENCORE: When data rules the world

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In this encore episode, John Thornhill talks to author and historian Yuval Noah Harari about his vision of a future when humans are no longer the smartest algorithm on the planet.

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Feb 21 2018

26mins

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Rank #4: The new AI battleground

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Nicole Eagan, chief executive of Darktrace, tells John Thornhill corporate networks have become the new battleground in a cyberwar waged by criminals and state actors using artificial intelligence

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May 02 2018

22mins

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Rank #5: Using tech to fight poverty

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Elisabeth Mason, founding director of the Stanford Poverty & Technology Lab, talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about solving problems such as education inequality and job retraining the Silicon Valley way. 

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Nov 22 2017

29mins

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Rank #6: Scott Kupor on VC funding

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John Thornhill talks to Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, about his book Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It, about the conditions needed to grow tech companies and the potential drawbacks of a venture capital dominated market.

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Nov 03 2019

31mins

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Rank #7: Terah Lyons on fashioning the AI future

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John Thornhill talks to Terah Lyons, founding executive director of the Partnership on AI, a US initiative that brings civil society groups into a debate with big tech companies to promote the benefits of machine intelligence.

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Apr 25 2018

27mins

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Rank #8: Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism

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John Thornhill talks to the social scientist Shoshana Zuboff about her book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, and what we need to do to reclaim the more benign impacts of the digital revolution.

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Feb 13 2019

27mins

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Rank #9: Andrew Ng on building an AI workforce

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Artificial intelligence expert Andrew Ng talks to John Thornhill about his concern that AI technology is concentrating wealth in the hands of a few and why we need to spread AI skills and understanding across society.

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Apr 17 2019

24mins

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Rank #10: Seth Stephens Davidowitz on data mining

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John Thornhill talks to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former Google data scientist, about what our internet searches reveal about who we really are.


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Oct 18 2017

21mins

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Rank #11: Rana Foroohar on taming big tech

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John Thornhill talks to FT colleague Rana Foroohar about her book Don’t Be Evil - How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles - And All Of Us

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Oct 28 2019

22mins

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Rank #12: What we can learn from ancient DNA

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David Reich, professor of genetics at Harvard, talks to Clive Cookson, the FT's science editor, about how the genomic revolution is affecting paleontology and the study of human pre-history.

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Apr 18 2018

21mins

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Rank #13: What robots can teach humans

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John Thornhill talks to Maja Pantic, Professor of Affective and Behavioural Computing at Imperial College in London, about her work testing the boundaries of human robot interaction.


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Dec 12 2018

35mins

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Rank #14: The limits of artificial intelligence

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Despite billions being spent on research, even our best deep learning neural networks look pitiful when compared to the intricate design of the brain of a bumble bee or even an ant, Peter Bentley tells John Thornhill.  

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May 24 2017

26mins

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Rank #15: Science and security

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Entrepreneur Tom Ilube talks about his work with scientists to deploy their research in the battle against cybercrime, tech advances and education in Africa and why companies need to take cyber security more seriously.  

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Mar 08 2017

23mins

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Rank #16: Cracking the ed-tech market

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Duolingo cofounder and chief executive Luis von Ahn talks to the FT's Tim Bradshaw about creating the snackable language learning app that now serves more than 150m global users, and how the company's model can be translated into other digital education tools.  

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Mar 01 2017

34mins

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Rank #17: Silicon Valley's newest recruits

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Jeremy Johnson, chief executive of Andela, talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about how his company recruits and trains software engineers from several African countries and then places them with the top tech companies.  

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May 31 2017

24mins

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Rank #18: The social media effect

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Microsoft researcher and Data & Society president danah boyd talks to the FT's Hannah Kuchler about the effect of everyday technology, such as Facebook, on society and culture.

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Nov 01 2017

30mins

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Rank #19: Rethinking the way we earn money

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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes joins the FT's Hannah Kuchler to talk about economic inequality in the age of "big tech", and his proposal to shrink the income gap in the US. It's the subject of his book Fair Shot: Rethinking inequality and how we earn.

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Mar 14 2018

22mins

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Rank #20: Stuart Russell on losing control of AI

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John Thornhill discusses how to make artificial intelligence safe for humans with Stuart Russell, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of new book ‘Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control’.

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Oct 21 2019

30mins

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AI research and big tech

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John Thornhill talks to David Barber, director of the UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence in London, about how academic researchers can work with business and the wider community to create the best outcomes for society.

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Dec 16 2019

31mins

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Niklas Zennström and Tom Wehmeier on the state of European tech

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Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype and Atomico and Tom Wehmeier, Atomico partner and author of The State of European Tech report, talk to the FT's John Thornhill about whether Europe is becoming a tech hub.

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Dec 09 2019

22mins

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Dave Ferrucci on teaching computers to think

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Dave Ferrucci, CEO, founder and chief scientist of Elemental Cognition, talks to Richard Waters, the FT's West Coast editor, about his efforts to train computers to use language to reason.

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Dec 02 2019

26mins

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Google's Kate Brandt on sustainable tech

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Kate Brandt talks to John Thornhill about Google’s drive to minimise and offset the energy used in its operations and supply chains, and about its environmental insights explorer which helps cities find ways to reduce their carbon emissions.

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Nov 25 2019

23mins

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Digital technologies and the developing world

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Economist Stefan Dercon tells John Thornhill about the findings of a research project he led, showing how, used wisely, technology can enable development, rather than just replace labour and put people out of work. Read his report here

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Nov 18 2019

26mins

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ENCORE: Jeni Tennison on open data

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John Thornhill talks to Jeni Tennison, chief executive of the Open Data Institute, about her work in helping to develop best practice for the use and sharing of data, and about how Brexit will affect Britain's data economy.

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Nov 11 2019

24mins

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Scott Kupor on VC funding

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John Thornhill talks to Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, about his book Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It, about the conditions needed to grow tech companies and the potential drawbacks of a venture capital dominated market.

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Nov 03 2019

31mins

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Rana Foroohar on taming big tech

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John Thornhill talks to FT colleague Rana Foroohar about her book Don’t Be Evil - How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles - And All Of Us

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Oct 28 2019

22mins

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Stuart Russell on losing control of AI

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John Thornhill discusses how to make artificial intelligence safe for humans with Stuart Russell, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of new book ‘Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control’.

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Oct 21 2019

30mins

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Jaan Tallinn on AI safety

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John Thornhill talks to Jaan Tallinn, founding engineer at Skype and Kazaa, about his subsequent career as a tech investor and his concerns about AI safety.

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Oct 14 2019

22mins

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Wanted: work for humans

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Madhumita Murgia discusses what happens when robots can do most of the work humans do with Calum Chace of the Economic Singularity Club, Mike Wooldridge, professor of Computer Science at Oxford University and Kathryn Parsons, founder of Decoded

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Oct 07 2019

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What kind of art can AI produce?

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Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy puts his theories about creative AI to the test before a live audience at the recent FT Weekend Festival in London.

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Sep 30 2019

19mins

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John Maeda on designing the future

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Design guru John Maeda tells Tim Bradshaw why he thinks a diversity of viewpoints and listening to what consumers want will be more valuable to the companies of the future than creating the next breakthrough technology.

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Sep 23 2019

28mins

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Sarah Chan on neural interfaces

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Bioethicist Sarah Chan contributed to a report this month on neurotechnology by the UK’s senior scientific academy. She talks to John Thornhill about the potential health benefits of neural interfaces but also the difficulty of regulating the commercial use of devices that interact with our brains. Read the Royal Society's report here


All FT stories will be free to read on Wednesday September 18th when there will be a 24-hour paywall freeze. Here are a couple of recommendations to get you started:

Neural interfaces should upgrade, not degrade, humans

How China dodged a trade war recession



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Sep 16 2019

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Alice Bentinck on harnessing tech talent

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Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Entrepreneur First, tells John Thornhill about her mission to harness the entrepreneurial talents of a new generation of people from diverse backgrounds.

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Sep 09 2019

24mins

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Improving decision making through AI

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Vishal Chatrath, chief executive and co-founder of Prowler, tells John Thornhill how his company is helping to improve decision making in the worlds of finance and logistics.

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Sep 02 2019

25mins

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Priya Lakhani on AI's power to transform education

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Priya Lakhani, founder and chief executive AI company Century Tech, talks to John Thornhill about her mission to improve the life chances of students around the world using AI-assisted learning.

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Aug 26 2019

30mins

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Nicolas Berggruen on democracy in the digital age

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John Thornhill talks to the billionaire investor and philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen about his book: Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism

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Aug 19 2019

24mins

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Ben Goertzel on benevolent robots

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Ben Goertzel talks to John Thornhill about his work for Hanson Robotics, the company that created the robot Sophia, about SingularityNET, the blockchain-based AI marketplace he founded, and about his belief that artificial general intelligence, transhumanism and benevolent robots are not too far in the future

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Aug 12 2019

35mins

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Frances Arnold on directed evolution of enzymes

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Nobel laureate Frances Arnold talks to Anjana Ahuja about her pioneering a work harnessing the power of nature to engineer enzymes, her long career and the challenges faced by women in science.

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Aug 05 2019

30mins

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iTunes Ratings

24 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
3
2
1
2

US bashing only

By ihjaoanuanaksna - Jul 22 2019
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They really do LOVE saying how much better China is than USA. Complete garbage

Spot on

By WestchesterNY - Apr 08 2018
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The information is fascinating and up to the moment. The interviews get to the heart of the matter and are with leading figures. Worth every minute of listening.