FT Tech Tonic

Rutger Bregman tells John Thornhill there is evidence to show that we can end poverty by handing out cash to those who need it. The idea of a universal basic income is one whose time has come, he says, and it is finding support in unexpected places like Silicon Valley.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Madhumita Murgia speaks to Kathryn Parsons about her work in promoting digital literacy through the company she co-founded, Decoded, which aims to teach people to code in a day.

 

Frédéric Mazzella tells the story of BlaBlaCar, the ride-sharing company he founded, which now operates in over 20 countries, and talks about the rise of tech entrepreneurship in France.

 

What will displaced professionals and workers do when intelligent machines take their jobs? Will poets, thinkers and musicians become sought-after occupations? Or will people slump into a world of virtual reality entertainment? Tim Bradshaw discusses possible outcomes with tech investors Kai-Fu Lee and Joi Ito.

 

Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, was one of the first researchers to sound the alarm bell on the risks of developing artificial intelligence. He joins the FT’s Richard Waters to discuss the state of AI, and how machines should be developed to avoid these risks.

 

Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, talks to the FT’s Hannah Kuchler about government surveillance in the US after the Snowden revelations, and how it could all change under a Trump administration.

 

Mike Cagney, chief executive and founder of online lender SoFi, talks to the FT’s Tom Braithwaite about building a fintech company from refinancing student loans; the high-income millennials the service targets; and why they use tools like job search and member networking events to retain customers.