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The FYI - For Your Innovation Podcast offers an intellectual discussion on recent developments across disruptive innovation—driven by research, news, controversies, companies, and technological breakthroughs. Hosted by ARK Invest analyst James Wang, ARK and guests provide a unique perspective on how to best understand disruptive innovation.
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Today Nicolas Crouzet and Filippo Mezanotti, join us to talk about their research paper, which explores the digital wallet adoption in India, after the country voided the two largest denominations of its fiat currency in circulation in 2016. Both Nicolas and Filippo are professors of finance at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. The paper, called Shocks and Technology Adoption: Evidence from Electronic Payment Systems, investigates the diffusion of technologies subject to positive adoption externalities and argues that “in the presence of externalities, large, temporary shocks can lead to persistent waves of adoption.” They share some insight into what led to the demonetization and the effects it had, along with what the long-lasting implications of the shock have been in relation to digital payments. They also explore some of the global payment trends and discuss where India fits into the picture of payment digitization. For all this and much more, join us today!           Key Points From This Episode:What Nicolas and Filippo aimed to explore in writing this paperWhat the reason for India withdrawing 80% of their money wasHow the shock affected electronic paymentsDigital wallets contribute to financial inclusion in developing countriesWhat network externalities are and how they affect FinTech adoptionHow coordination problems can hinder the adoption of new technologiesWhat good and bad equilibrium are in the context of technology adoptionHow aggregate shocks can coordinate technology adoptionWhy consumers can drive network effectsHow the demonetization affected Indian consumersThe policy lessons from India and how governments and companies can ensure equal adoptionTweetables:“The bank account penetration is really not that high in a lot of developing countries, but what is high is the mobile p
Today’s guest is Charles Graeber (@charlesgraeber), author of the book The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer. Charles tells us about the amazing strides that have been made recently in finding a cure for cancer. The progress is so notable that Charles was comfortably able to use the word ‘cure’ in the book’s subtitle! That means that cancer is on the way to becoming not just treatable but actually curable for millions of people all over the world. The book and today’s conversation center around the fact that up until now, researchers have been on the wrong trail when it comes to finding the answer posed by this deadly disease. Immunotherapy works by leveraging our body’s own immune system to kill cancer cells, which was previously considered impossible by the scientific community. Charles unpacks some of the history of these ideas, why they have remained on the fringes for so long and why they are now being viewed in a new light. We discuss broader trends in medicine and tech and Charles goes quite in-depth explaining what we know so far and how it is and might be used going forward. For an inspiring chat on this life-changing topic, be sure to join us!           Key Points From This Episode:The excerpt article that sparked this conversationUsing the term ‘cure’ in the context of cancer and the role of our immune systemA solution from inside the body through immunotherapyThe history of immunotherapy and its development over the last centuryWhy immunotherapy has not been popularly explored up until nowHow medical funding and trends play into finding curesThe way in which cancer cells have evolved over the course of historyA recap of the recent and current immunotherapy treatments for cancerThe synergy of immuno and chremo therapiesUnderstanding CAR T-cells and adoptive cell transfer
On today’s episode, James Wang, web analyst at ARK Invest, joins us again to provide his always valuable insights—this time about IT and the cloud. While these topics may not seem as exciting as more talked about tech topics, interestingly enough we believe enterprise computing is valued at an estimated four trillion dollars. James talks about the history of cloud computing and how it has progressed to where it is today as well as its current trajectory. He also discusses some of the current big players and what inroads are being made by them and where they may be falling short. James makes the case for cloud computing and argues, as it currently stands, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Tune in to find out more about the exciting future of cloud computing.           Key Points From This Episode:How Amazon disrupted the market with cloud-based computingWhy new companies are able to build infrastructure solely on public cloudWhat a hybrid cloud isHow Nutanix has been able to grow so quicklyJames’ top three companies in public cloudThe difference between Nutanix and AnthosWhy Google may not be able to break into the cloud marketHow IT spending is shiftingA shift has happened from consumer to enterprise computingWhether China has seen an explosion in enterprise Tweetables:“The reality is that is it not really dictated by what is best. It is dictated by what works best for my reality.” — @jwangARK  [0:18:28]“In the transition to public cloud we are about one third there.” — @jwangARK [0:20:53]
On the show today we welcome Professor Steve Masiclat (Newhouse School, Syracuse University) to explain his ideas around the innovation pipeline and the issues he sees arising when it comes to reaching the next level of disruptive innovations. Buckle up for this episode, as we are diving deep into AI and big data. In our discussion we cycle through many examples from the technology world, in particular AI, and use these to explore what Steve argues is a lack of sufficient expertise to further the fields of research study that are currently available to us. We talk about deep neural nets, uneven distribution of technology and expertise, and the slowing effect this may have in the tech fields. We also discuss the different arenas in which research takes place, contrasting the strengths and weakness of academia, industry and startups. Lastly, Steve shares some perspective on his years of teaching and things that have changed over time. He contrasts student attitudes, technologies and social settings. For all this and a whole lot more, be sure to join us today on the For Your Innovation podcast!           Key Points From This Episode:The issue that Steve is identifying in the innovation pipeline.The example of signal degradation in deep neural netsMisclassification and the care that’s needed for variablesThe lack of real experience wielding necessary mathematical toolsA slowing down in technological research advancementsThe uneven distribution of futuristic tech advancementDisparity between interest and necessary qualification in the data fieldSteve’s thoughts on the industry driven research initiativesAcademia, startups and pushing the frontiers of knowledgeContrasting attitudes towards tech over the last ten yearsDo we still need universities?Tweetables:“One of the things I noticed is there are many calls for building and extending our educational capacity. Especially in advanc
On today’s episode, Yishai Fraenkel, Director General and Vice President at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem joins us to give insight into the interesting topic of Israeli innovation. He has nearly 20 years of experience with Intel, where he worked in new technology, with a focus on artificial intelligence and computer vision and has now been working at the university for over two years. He discusses some of the factors, both socially and culturally, which foster the Israeli ability to innovate, as well as why he is passionate about research and how his university is trying to bridge the divide between fundamental research and industry. He also shares how students have changed over the past decade, why patience is necessary when it comes to innovation and which fields of research most excite him. For all this and much more, join us today!If you want to learn more about Israel Innovation, check out NEXUS:Israel. This an interactive conference uniting the leading finance, investment and business professionals with the most prolific innovators from the spheres of nanotechnology, computer, health, agriculture, environmental and life sciences, to build capacity for the next generation of technology investment, commercialization and knowledge exchange.You can REGISTER HERE.           Key Points From This Episode:Which three things Israel has that contribute to its innovation successHow questioning the way things are done can lead to innovationWhy Yishai believes research to be so important to innovationResults from research do not always show right awayExamples from Hebrew University of how industry and academia have managed to coexistEntrepreneurship is important, even f
On this episode we share highlights from a recent event hosted by ARK Invest called “Adapting to Fintech”. Nicolas Grous, ARK’s Trading and Research Associate and Max Friedrich, ARK’s Fintech Analyst, are presenting clips from the event’s panel discussion and delve further into the topics explored. Adapting to Fintech offered an in-depth analysis into how technology is disrupting capital markets and what it means for business and investing. The panel was moderated by Bob Pisani, “On-Air Stocks” Editor at CNBC, and consisted of subject matter experts across industries, including:Karen Snow– SVP and Head of East Coast Listings and Corporate Services at NasdaqLaura Morrison– SVP and Global Head of Listings at CBOE Global MarketsDominic Holland– Head of Fixed Income Electronic Markets at BNY Mellon MarketsMorgan Dunbar– Partner at Bendigo PartnersCathie Wood– Founder, CEO, CIO at ARK InvestNick and Max offer a deep dive into what drives fintech and its development trajectory, the role of data in various sectors, which companies are leveraging data in interesting ways to create new business models, and how fintech innovation shapes up in the public vs. private markets. For an interesting conversation about everything fintech, make sure to tune in.           Key Points From This Episode:What disruptive technologies are all aboutThe three driving forces behind fintech, according to MaxFintech enables different business modelsThe opportunity of the unbankedThe reason mobile payments have exploded in ChinaThe role data plays in fintechWhat InsureTech is and some examples from itValuations in the private vs. public sectorWhy Max thinks innovation doesn’t only happen on the private side
On the show today we welcome none other than Azeem Azhar, early stage investor and founder of the Exponential View newsletter and podcast. Azeem is here to talk to us about his own work in covering the latest and most innovative developments in technology as well as comment on the current startup and tech landscape, […]
Food delivery platforms like GrubHub, Uber Eats, and Meituan are taking over the world. In this episode, ARK Internet Analyst James Wang shares his insights on the food delivery business and why he thinks this industry is about to take off now. He talks about the changing nature of our food consumption patterns and admits […]
On the show today we welcome Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop) to chat with us about his perspectives on the current crypto space, the contrasting developments of Bitcoin and Ethereum, and the massive role that design choices play in the future of these two currencies. We also welcome cryptocurrency analyst Arjun Balaji (@arjunblj) as a co-host for this episode. Together we field some introductory and more complex questions on ways in which Bitcoin and Ethereum compete, could potentially replace each other, and areas in which their goals might overlap. We talk about ideological choices from consumers, some of the pitfalls of Ethereum and why he has very little interest in which is the better investment. Andreas also explains scaling solutions and privacy concerns. For all of that and more, tune in today!           Key Points From This Episode:Comparing the paths and goals of Bitcoin and Ethereum.Considering the idea of one of the currencies replacing the other.The privacy concerns and how they play into each culture.Ideological alignment choices by consumers.Andreas’ motivation for writing a book about Ethereum.Potential pitfalls of Ethereum and Andreas’ biggest reservations.Scaling solutions with regards to Ethereum.Reconfiguring our perceptions of cryptocurrencies as tools for particular jobs. Tweetables:“The two systems have evolved, not in a random mutation, in a directed evolution perspective. That evolution has been informed by dozens and dozens of design choices.” — @aantonop [0:04:30]“The early design decisions and tradeoffs that were made for Bitcoin made it suitable to be a very robust, very secure, nation state resistant, censorship resistant, form of global money.” — @aantonop [0:05:54]
In this episode of FYI, we chat with Siraj Raval, Director of the School of AI, data scientist, entrepreneur, and much more. Siraj is a leading YouTube educator on the topic of AI and has helped half a million subscribers stay abreast of AI and the latest developments in the field. Today we discuss what prompted his focus on AI in general and deep learning in particular. Siraj also explains some of the recent news stories that have excited him and what he thinks we should pay more attention to. He talks about DeepMind’s AlphaFold, Open AI, self-driving cars and AI text generation. For all this and more, join us on today’s episode!           Key Points From This Episode:The turning point when Siraj decided to focus on YouTube teaching.Siraj’s unconventional and data driven approach to content creation.Why Siraj thinks people should pay more attention to Deep Mind’s AlphaFold and China.Comparing AlphaFold to previous algorithms for protein folding.Understanding Open AI’s text generator.Can we have intelligent AI without solving consciousness?Scaling existing systems versus breakthroughs and leaps.How Siraj has applied himself to public education instead of high profile company work.A little bit more about School of AI.Reasons for Siraj’s interest and belief in China.And much more! Tweetables:“I mean the best we can do is to just try to make as many people as aware of this as possible and get as many different types of perspectives and cultures and value systems and genders and just all the different types of brains looking at this problem as possible.” — @sirajraval [0:19:22]
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Andraž Žnidarčič


Apr 9th

Idriss Boudhina

I love this man. I wish I could have him as my mentor

Feb 27th

Radiofly Podcasts India

so sad, another poor woman suffering from vocalfry-itis

Feb 19th
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