Year in review with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott’s Behind the Tech podcast

Year in review with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott’s Behind the Tech podcast

Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott
Join Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott for Behind the Tech, a podcast that goes behind-the-scenes with today’s most innovative tech leaders.
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Year in Review 2021
It’s time for our annual episode that revisits inspirational guests, including AI experts, bioengineers, Grammy winners, entrepreneurs and digital influencers. Topics range from research on AI and protein design, to robotics, to the importance of recruiting more girls for STEM. We also catch up with a few of our past guests to find out what they’re up to these days. Wishing you all happy holidays and a healthy 2022!
Dr. Steven Pinker: Psychologist, psycholinguist and author
What could be more interesting than the human mind? Pinker is a best-selling author interested in all aspects of language and human nature. Kevin talks with this Harvard professor about the human mind, rationality and developmental linguistics.
Justine Ezarik: Digital influencer, author, and actress
iJustine – popular techie, gamer, and YouTube tech reviewer – has nearly 7 million subscribers across YouTube. Kevin talks with Justine about her career path, tapping tech to help build your own online platform and insights into what it’s really like to be a content creator.
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Episode guide
It’s time for our annual episode that revisits inspirational guests, including AI experts, bioengineers, Grammy winners, entrepreneurs and digital influencers. Topics range from research on AI and protein design, to robotics, to the importance of recruiting more girls for STEM. We also catch up with a few of our past guests to find out what they’re up to these days. Wishing you all happy holidays and a healthy 2022!
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What could be more interesting than the human mind? Pinker is a best-selling author interested in all aspects of language and human nature. Kevin talks with this Harvard professor about the human mind, rationality and developmental linguistics.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep38_Steven_Pinker_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep38_Steven_Pinker_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep38_Steven_Pinker_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep38_Steven_Pinker_libsyn
iJustine – popular techie, gamer, and YouTube tech reviewer – has nearly 7 million subscribers across YouTube. Kevin talks with Justine about her career path, tapping tech to help build your own online platform and insights into what it’s really like to be a content creator.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep37_JustineEzarik_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep37_JustineEzarik_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep37_JustineEzarik_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep37_JustineEzarik_libsyn
Kevin talks with Peter about critical response scientific research, deep learning and neural networks – all related to Covid-19 and Microsoft’s growing healthcare and life sciences initiative. Listen in as they also discuss the key role that public trust plays in the work of scientists and researchers.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep36_PeterLee_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep36_PeterLee_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep36_PeterLee_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep36_PeterLee_libsyn
Bathiche, who’s behind some of the most innovative Microsoft products, shares his philosophy of life and talks about new computing form factors from AI and machine learning to robotics. Listen in as Kevin talks with Steven about where creative ideas originate – and how to use failure to create your next success.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep35_Steven-Bathiche_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep35_Steven-Bathiche_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep35_Steven-Bathiche_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep35_Steven-Bathiche_libsyn
Join Kevin for a fascinating conversation with Chase Jarvis – CEO and Founder of CreativeLive. The CreativeLive platform gives millions of people ways to discover their passions. Find out how exploring your “creative side” can inspire a successful career. It’s Creativity with a capital “C”.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep34_Chase-Jarvis_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep34_Chase-Jarvis_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep34_Chase-Jarvis_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep34_Chase-Jarvis_libsyn
Technology is influencing protein design research in ways that would have been science fiction a decade ago. Find out how engineering and biology are working together today to improve our health and how researchers are designing new biological compounds to fight chronic disease – and prepare us for the next pandemic.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep33_David-Baker_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep33_David-Baker_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep33_David-Baker_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep33_David-Baker_libsyn
This charismatic leader talks about untapped potential – and why encouraging young people to study computer science is critical for the future of technology. Find out how Kimberly’s efforts are impacting STEM initiatives across the U.S.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep32_Kimberly-Bryant_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep32_Kimberly-Bryant_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep32_Kimberly-Bryant_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep32_Kimberly-Bryant_libsyn
Join Kevin and this new distinguished scientist at Microsoft, Ashley Llorens, as they explore the future promise of artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous systems. Ashley is also a hip hop artist known as Soulstice. Listen to their discussion about the parallels between careers in science and music.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep31_Ashley-Llorens_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep31_Ashley-Llorens_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep31_Ashley-Llorens_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep31_Ashley-Llorens_libsyn
Kevin’s conversation with this amazing duo was so fascinating, we’re publishing this bonus episode! Grammy-award winning musician Jacob Collier and MIT PhD Ben Bloomberg reflect on human and artificial intelligence and its impact on creativity. Find out how AI is playing a constructive role in this amazing duo’s creative work.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep30-Bonus_Bloomberg_Collier_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep30-Bonus_Bloomberg_Collier_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep30-Bonus_Bloomberg_Collier_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep30-Bonus_Bloomberg_Collier_libsyn
In this episode, Kevin talks tech and music with Grammy-award winning musician Jacob Collier and MIT PhD Ben Bloomberg, who designs the tech behind the music. Their unique collaborations are breaking new ground in the music industry, leveraging innovative technologies to design, create and perform. Find out how AI is playing a constructive role in this amazing duo’s creative work.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep29-Bloomberg_Collier_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep29-Bloomberg_Collier_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep29-Bloomberg_Collier_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep29-Bloomberg_Collier_libsyn
The first African American woman in space chats with Kevin about human interstellar flight, the 100 Year Starship project, and experiential education. She talks about achieving one’s own level of excellence and explains why exploring an extraordinary tomorrow creates a better today.
Listen to the show: https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep28-Mae-Jemison_apple | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep28-Mae-Jemison_google | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep28-Mae-Jemison_spotify | https://aka.ms/Behind-the-Tech-podcast-Ep28-Mae-Jemison_libsyn
How can we use technology to better the lives of everyone on the planet? That’s a theme running through our favorite conversations of the year – from artificial intelligence to synthetic biology. Listen in to learn a few cool things from our extraordinary guests!
Oren is a leading thinker in neural networks and Natural Language Processing. His research is focused on foundational issues relating to intelligence, machine learning and web search. He’s received numerous honors and awards, including “Geek of the Year” from GeekWire.
Did sci-fi books inspire you to enter science or engineering? In this fascinating conversation, Kevin talks with one of his favorite authors about a broad range of topics from Trotskyism to bioscience research.
This former Stanford University professor’s cutting-edge work combines machine learning and biology to transform pharmaceutical drug development. This MacArthur Fellow was also named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people.
Tom’s groundbreaking research melds neuroscience, engineering, computing, and biomechanics. Learn how three transformations in bioscience and technology are propelling us forward to better understand our world.
Learn how Drew Endy, one of the world’s most prominent synthetic biology researchers, believes that biology is the key to some of today’s most pressing issues. Additionally, learn why taking biology for granted is a dangerous thing.
Microsoft’s first Chief Scientific Officer, Technical Fellow and world-renowned AI researcher, Dr. Eric Horvitz , gives us an insider’s look into how the experts are approaching the fight against Covid-19. Learn how AI and bioscience are informing the best approach to this pandemic.
Listen in for a sneak peek into Kevin’s new book Reprogramming the American Dream. Co-author Greg Shaw interviews Kevin about the future of AI and how it can evolve to better serve us all, from rural America to Silicon Valley.
Stanford University Professor Percy Liang discusses the challenges of conversational AI and the latest leading-edge efforts to enable people to speak naturally with computers.
Learn about the latest thinking for autonomous driving technology from Aurora CEO Chris Urmson, who led Google’s self-driving car program. This former Carnegie Mellon professor also tells us about his days with DARPA and shares predictions for 2020 and beyond.
To wrap up the year, we revisit podcast conversations with a few of the incredible thinkers and innovators who have been on the show. Topics range from the democratization of artificial intelligence, to the challenges of social media and the internet. You may also hear some surprising things these folks do in their free time when they’re not changing the course of tech history in some fascinating way.
If you’ve heard of the 10,000 Year Clock, you know Danny. He’s a computer scientist, who pioneered parallel computers and their use in artificial intelligence. Danny founded Thinking Machines Corporation, a parallel supercomputer manufacturer, and was a fellow at Walt Disney Imagineering.
danah is a partner researcher at Microsoft Research, and founder of Data & Society. Her work examines where technology and society intersect. Kevin and danah discuss the dangers of a “move fast and break things” culture. Today, her research focuses on reducing weaknesses in sociotechnical systems.
Neha is cofounder and CTO of Confluent, a company whose mission is to help other companies use Apache Kafka to adopt modern streaming infrastructure.
Sam started his first company at 19 – and has launched many more since then. From Y Combinator to OpenAI, his insights and determination spark inspiration. Hear Sam’s ideas about career motivation, and why he thinks the human brain may be replicable in silicon.
Bill is one of Kevin’s engineering heroes. Listen as they talk careers, leadership and scaling teams – as well as a revolution in computer architecture and the resurgence of tech from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Find out what Bill, a partner at Sequoia Capital, says about tech trends to watch.
Fei-Fei Li is a professor at Stanford University and one of the world’s pioneering researchers in AI. Her work focuses on human-centered artificial intelligence. Hear her ideas about everything from visual intelligence to cognitive neuroscience and psychophysics.
From quantum mechanics and string theory to monkey brains and electrophysiology mapping, Surya’s take on AI may surprise you. Can we guide AI, so it’s good for the world? This researcher is taking his cues from biology.
Author, angel investor, and entrepreneur Reid Hoffman talks about starting and scaling massively valuable companies, hypercompetition, and the secrets of blitzscaling. Hear from Reid about the challenges to watch out for and the keys to success.
Listen to the show: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/009-reid-hoffman-investor-author-entrepreneur/id1381008946?i=1000436626976 | https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL2JlaGluZHRoZXRlY2gubXBzbi5saWJzeW5wcm8uY29tL3Jzcw%3D%3D&episode=YWUyYTc2YWE4MDliNDdhNTk5MmJlMjliNjk4NjU3ODE%3D | https://open.spotify.com/show/5QCi5dulYwNex78aGduqtz?si=hIe2GBLqQtyY_AXou9uqXQ | https://behindthetech.libsyn.com/-009-reid-hoffman-investor-author-entrepreneur
Scientist, musician, and author Jaron Lanier is best known for his work in Virtual Reality, and his advocacy of humanism and sustainable economics in a digital context. His 1980’s startup, VPL Research, created the first commercial Virtual Reality products. Hear why he is worried the present Internet may be destroying societies, democracies, and economies.
Listen to the show: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/008-jaron-lanier-father-of-virtual-reality-renaissance-man/id1381008946?i=1000432953404&mt=2 | https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL2JlaGluZHRoZXRlY2gubXBzbi5saWJzeW5wcm8uY29tL3Jzcw%3D%3D&episode=MDM0MWRiM2VjN2IzNGM4OTlhZGYzNWY4MjU1MzUyOWY%3D | https://open.spotify.com/episode/0Hi4z8OeDwZXqOeqFRbilu?si= TTBRtNJNRKG_trDPRMDzDA | http://behindthetech.libsynpro.com/008-jaron-lanier-father-of-virtual-reality-renaissance-man
Mixed Reality innovator paints a picture for us about a big shift happening today. Learn how this cutting-edge tech is evolving from novelty entertainment to an integral part of our daily lives.
Listen to the show: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/007-dio-gonzalez-mixed-reality-is-becoming-part-our/id1381008946?i=1000430424567&mt=2 | https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL2JlaGluZHRoZXRlY2gubXBzbi5saWJzeW5wcm8uY29tL3Jzcw%3D%3D&episode=NTE0NTQyOWE4ZjgxNDQ0YjlhMTMwMDI3NGYyM2E4MDM%3D | https://open.spotify.com/show/5QCi5dulYwNex78aGduqtz?si=hIe2GBLqQtyY_AXou9uqXQ | https://behindthetech.libsynpro.com/007-dio-gonzalez-mixed-reality-is-becoming-part-of-our-day-to-day-life
Find out how a man who grew up on a sheep ranch in Argentina ended up a serial entrepreneur who many credit with bringing Bitcoin to Silicon Valley. Wences Casares explains why he believes in cryptocurrency – and how it might help solve some of today’s challenges in the world. Don’t miss this episode!
Listen to the show: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/006-wences-casares-betting-on-bitcoin-in-a-big-way/id1381008946?i=1000428685413&mt=2 | https://open.spotify.com/episode/7MfBqZoA4dBCjlMFeYLMyu | https://open.spotify.com/episode/7MfBqZoA4dBCjlMFeYLMyu | https://behindthetech.libsyn.com/006-wences-casares-betting-on-bitcoin-in-a-big-way
Science meets art. Danielle Feinberg, director of photography for lighting at Pixar Animation Studios wins Academy Awards by blending computer science with art – creating magical moments. Hear about how she shows the world, especially young women, the beauty of what math, science, code, and art can create in the world.
In this episode, you’ll hear from Judy Estrin, whose distinguished career in the technology industry includes work as an executive, engineer, and serial entrepreneur. Besides serving on the boards at Disney and FedEx, she is former CTO of Cisco. Judy was one of the key figures in the development of the Internet, working with Vint Cerf on the initial TCP-project at Stanford. Tune in to find out to whom and what she attributes her success – it might surprise you!
Is AI the new “electricity”? Find out what one of the most influential leaders in Artificial Intelligence and deep learning has to say about our future. Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott talks with Andrew Ng about the Google Brain project, Coursera, Baidu, and Andrew’s most recent project, deeplearning.ai. You won’t want to miss this episode!
Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott sits down with Alice Steinglass, who leads Code.org. Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing the participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry, or math. Find out how this amazing organization is making a difference.
Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott introduces us to one of his coding heroes, Anders Hejlsberg. Anders has had a 35-year career building tools that software developers love. He built Turbo Pascal, served as chief architect of Delphi, moved to Microsoft to help create C-sharp and today, spends his time as the core developer on Typescript. You may be surprised to hear how he got started in the tech industry.
Microsoft’s CTO Kevin Scott talks about his new Behind the Tech podcast.
Meet the hosts
Kevin Scott
As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft, Scott’s 20-year career in technology spans both academia and industry as a researcher, engineer, and leader. Prior to Microsoft, he led Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn during a time of rapid growth, including its IPO. Previously, he worked in engineering and operations leadership roles at Google.
Christina Warren
Christina Warren is a senior cloud developer advocate at Microsoft, where she helps shape the overall video strategy for Microsoft Channel 9 and the Microsoft Developer Relations team. Prior to joining Microsoft, Warren spent a decade in digital media as an editor, senior reporter, and commentator, with a focus on technology, business, and entertainment.

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