As Chair and CEO of AMD, Lisa Su leads the transformation of the strategy and product execution of one of the fastest growing semiconductor companies in the world. She’s the recipient of numerous awards, and a recent appointee to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In this episode, she discusses her upbringing as the daughter of a mathematician, her early interest in engineering and figuring out how things work, and why she thinks this is the most exciting time in hardware in recent decades. Lisa Su | AMD Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and listen to other Microsoft podcasts.
As 2023 comes to an end, we take a look back at some of the year’s most compelling, thought-provoking conversations with guests like Bill Gates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, OpenAI’s Mira Murati, Shopify’s Tobi Lutke, will.i.am, Sci-fi author Adrian Tchaikovsky, and many more. The year’s programs featured a wide range of topics including equity in tech, advocating for science and, of course, the transformative power of AI. Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and listen to other Microsoft podcasts.
Dec 12, 2023
1 hr 8 min
Helion is building the world’s first fusion power plant, and co-founder and CEO David Kirtley is on a mission to improve access to clean energy for a better future. We’re inspired by the work that they’re doing—in fact, Microsoft recently announced that Helion is going to provide the company fusion power starting in 2028. In this episode, Kevin and David discuss David’s early childhood and how he got interested in science, how he got into the field of fusion, his current role at Helion and how the company is building fusion generators to create zero-carbon electricity. David Kirtley | Helion Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and listen to other Microsoft podcasts.
Nov 14, 2023
1 hr 3 min
William A. Adams is a software engineer, DEI innovator, and philanthropist whose contributions to the field have been documented by the Computer History Museum. He spent more than 20 years at Microsoft, where he rolled out critical XML code globally, co-founded the Leap program, and served as Kevin’s first technical advisor. In this episode, Kevin and William discuss how William got interested in STEM at a young age, founding a software development company in the 80s, his career at Microsoft and pioneering D&I programing, and the importance of equity and diversity in tech. William A. Adams Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and listen to other Microsoft podcasts.
Oct 23, 2023
1 hr 11 min
Kevin Roose is a technology columnist for The New York Times covering technology innovation, including AI. He’s also the author of three books: his latest, Futureproof, is a “guide to surviving the technological future,” including nine rules to help people more confidently navigate a machine-filled world. In this episode, Roose discusses how he developed an interest in technology at a young age, how he became a journalist and an author (and how technology has impacted both industries), what it’s like writing about AI right now, and the importance of media and journalism to hold companies accountable. Kevin Roose | The New York Times Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and listen to other Microsoft Podcasts.
Sep 19, 2023
will.i.am is most well-known as the founder and lead member of the Black Eyed Peas. Simultaneously, he is also an entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of FYI.AI, a Web 3.0 AI messenger, where he spends a lot of his time investing in software and operating systems incorporating AI, natural language understanding, and voice computing. In this episode, Kevin and will.i.am discuss his upbringing and how he got interested in technology, his optimism around AI and where it’s going (especially in creative fields), how he started his foundation providing STEAM education for disadvantaged youth, and much more. This episode includes strong language and may not be appropriate for all audiences. will.i.am | FYI.AI will.i.am also co-hosts the Changemakers podcast with Omar Abbosh. Check it out here. Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and listen to other Microsoft Podcasts.
Aug 1, 2023
1 hr 10 min
Mira Murati is one of the most innovative tech leaders of our time. She has helped to scale OpenAI to the company it is today and lead teams to build innovative technologies and products including ChatGPT, DALL-E, and GPT-4. In this episode, Kevin and Mira discuss how she became interested in the sciences and technology, her innate sense of curiosity which led her to a career in artificial intelligence, and how OpenAI is deploying their technology responsibly for developers and consumers. Mira Murati | OpenAI Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and follow other Microsoft podcasts at aka.ms/microsoft/podcasts.
Jul 11, 2023
1 hr 6 min
Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of America’s best-known astrophysicists and a huge advocate for the sciences and scientific thinking. Neil has a great talent for presenting complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner, a critical aspect of his role as an educator and director of the Hayden Planetarium. In this episode, Kevin talks with Neil about his interest in the sciences and innate curiosity, how he stays up to date in pop culture, topics he explores in his book Starry Messenger, and so much more! Neil deGrasse Tyson | StarTalk Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and listen to other Microsoft podcasts.
May 23, 2023
1 hr 26 min
Adrian Tchaikovsky is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer and probably one of our favorite authors right now. He is best known for his series Shadows of the Apt and Children of Time. In this episode, Kevin talks with Adrian about his upbringing and how he got interested in science fiction, his unique storytelling abilities, and how current AI technology such as ChatGPT will impact the future of sci-fi novels. Adrian Tchaikovsky Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and listen to other Microsoft podcasts.
May 9, 2023
1 hr 8 min
Today, we have a special guest joining us on the podcast—Bill Gates. With the rapidly evolving AI landscape, including the release of products like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and the new Bing, it was the perfect time to have Bill join to talk about this unique moment in the history of computing. In this episode, Kevin talks with Bill about the latest in AI research, including the release of GPT-4, how past technology revolutions have led us to where we are today, how AI is evolving his philanthropic work, his love of reading, and so much more! Bill Gates | GatesNotes Kevin Scott Behind the Tech with Kevin Scott Discover and follow other Microsoft podcasts at aka.ms/microsoft/podcasts.
Mar 21, 2023