FT Tech Tonic

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.

 

Kevin Mandia, chief executive of cyber security firm FireEye, joins the FT’s Hannah Kuchler to discuss how Russian hackers changed the rules of engagement of cyber espionage. Mr Mandia and his company, Mandiant, came to prominence in 2013 when it released a report implicating China in cyber spying. The company was later sold to FireEye for $1bn.

This interview was recorded in early December 2016.

 

Madhumita Murgia, the FT’s European technology correspondent, talks to Dame Stephanie Shirley, a pioneer of the computer software industry and one the first female tech entrepreneurs, about how she fell in love with computers.

 

Nigel Shadbolt, co-founder of the Open Data Institute, talks to John Thornhill about the imbalance between the personal and private control of data and the need to re-empower the consumer.

 

As the first US ambassador to Silicon Valley, Zvika Krieger is trying to harness the tech capital’s brain power to solve some of the country’s biggest foreign policy challenges. He talks to the FT’s Hannah Kuchler.

 

Kyle Wiens, chief executive of iFixit, made his name by tearing apart mobile phones and laptops to understand how they were built and publishing his findings in open source repair manuals. He talks to the FT’s Tim Bradshaw about the risks involved in the race for the thinnest tech devices, and what his company is doing to promote gadget repair and recycling.

 

Alphabet’s research and development lab X is the breeding ground for Google’s biggest technological bets, including self-driving cars and a network of internet-providing balloons. Astro Teller, the entrepreneur and scientist at the helm of X, talks to the FT’s Richard Waters about the new technologies he is helping to bring to market, and what he has learned in the six years of running an innovation factory.