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FT Tech Tonic

We are in the midst of a digital revolution, where the line between our physical world and cyberspace is blurring. Tech Tonic is the show that investigates the promises and perils of this new technological age.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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A look inside Uber

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

15 Mar 2017

Rank #1

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Tim Wu on addictive apps

The author of "The Attention Merchants" talks to John Thornhill about his concerns about the way some web apps are eating into our time See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

14 Jun 2017

Rank #2

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ENCORE: When data rules the world

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

21 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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The new AI battleground

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

2 May 2018

Rank #4

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Using tech to fight poverty

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

22 Nov 2017

Rank #5

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Terah Lyons on fashioning the AI future

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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AI research and big tech

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Niklas Zennström and Tom Wehmeier on the state of European tech

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Dave Ferrucci on teaching computers to think

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Seth Stephens Davidowitz on data mining

John Thornhill talks to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former Google data scientist, about what our internet searches reveal about who we really are.Listen to Tech Tonic on iTunes or Stitcher.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

18 Oct 2017

Rank #11

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Tim Berners-Lee on reshaping the web

John Thornhill talks to Tim Berners-Lee about the achievements of the world wide web which he invented 30 years ago, what he thinks has gone wrong and what he is doing to help fix some of these problems. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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Andrew Ng on building an AI workforce

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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What we can learn from ancient DNA

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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What robots can teach humans

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

12 Dec 2018

Rank #15

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The limits of artificial intelligence

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

24 May 2017

Rank #16

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Science and security

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23mins

8 Mar 2017

Rank #17

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Cracking the ed-tech market

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

1 Mar 2017

Rank #18

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Silicon Valley's newest recruits

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24mins

31 May 2017

Rank #19

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The social media effect

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

1 Nov 2017

Rank #20