Tech Tonic

Matt Miesnieks, creator of one of the first augmented reality apps and co-founder of startup 6D, tells the FT’s Tim Bradshaw about the technological advances that make AR possible, and what needs to happen if it is to fulfill its promise.

 

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

 

Jensen Huang, chief executive of graphics chipmaker Nvidia, tells the FT’s Tim Bradshaw how the graphics processing unit, or GPU, the company pioneered in the 1990s is being used in everything from virtual reality to machine learning to autonomous cars, drawing investor attention.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Leanne Kemp’s company Everledger uses blockchain technology to track the provenance of assets, from diamonds to fine wines. She talks to John Thornhill about the technology’s potential to combat fraud.

 

Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer, talks to the FT’s Leslie Hook about the company’s ambitious plan to start testing an aerial taxi service as soon as 2020.

 

Mehul Patel, chief executive of Hired, talks to the FT’s Hannah Kuchler about hiring trends in Silicon Valley and other technology hubs in the US, and what some companies are doing in response to President Donald Trump’s executive action on immigration and the H-1B visa.

 

Stripe’s John Collison speaks to the FT’s Leslie Hook about what he and his co-founder brother have planned for the $9bn online payments company, why Silicon Valley is still their preferred place to have their headquarters and what it is like to be one of the Valley’s youngest billionaire entrepreneurs.

 

Jeremy Conrad, co-founder of hardware incubator and VC fund Lemnos Labs, talks to the FT’s Tim Bradshaw about the way economies of scale in the self-driving car industry could bolster the field of robotics.