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Tech'ed Up

What’s happening right now on the frontlines of tech?  From the C-Suite and Capitol Hill to AI and quantum computing, Niki breaks down trending tech to help savvy listeners get even smarter. A zippy conversation about emerging technology hosted by industry veteran Niki Christoff.  Guests include experts, enthusiasts, regulators, policymakers, CEOs, and reporters.  New episodes weekly.

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The AI Ripple Effect • Dex Hunter-Torricke
Head of Global Communications and Marketing at DeepMind, Dex Hunter-Torricke, joins Niki in the studio to inject some optimism and hope into the doom n’ gloom AI conversations dominating the airwaves. He highlights exponentially innovative developments at the Google subsidiary like AlhpaFold, scientific discoveries of new crystals and minerals, and AI-improved weather forecasting - all of which feeds his optimism for the future of tech. “AI is just opening up such extraordinary new possibilities for us in this century. So, I think it's actually hard, once you understand where the technology is going, not to be an optimist.” -Dex Hunter-Torricke Watch Dex’s TED talkFollow Dex on LinkedIn Listen to  the DeepMind Podcast Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
22:45 2/22/24
Beyond the Buzz • Lauren Tomlinson • 2.15.24
Steer PR partner Lauren Tomlinson joins Niki for the first installment of Beyond the Buzz, the bi-weekly series of Tech’ed Up that digs into the comms, tech, and DC news creating headlines.  They swap hot takes on “jargon monoxide” when it comes to corporate layoffs, the new space race for AI-augmented satellite surveillance, and the Swifties’ impact on Super Bowl advertising. “...people are talking about [faster data processing in space] in the national security community a ton because obviously, that intelligence will be invaluable, but it's just as applicable across tech.” -Lauren TomlinsonSubscribe to the BLUF newsletterFortune ArticleForeign Affairs ArticleSuperbowl Ads Follow Lauren on LinkedIn  Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
23:17 2/15/24
The Future of Podcasting • Jordan Newman
Spotify’s Head of Content Partnerships, Jordan Newman, joins Niki remotely to celebrate Tech’ed Up going weekly and to share podcasting tips and tricks. This episode is a great listen for anyone who has thought they might want to join the ever-growing community of podcasters. Jordan also offers his take on what he thinks the impact of AI will be on the industry.“...podcasting is one of the few mediums that we have left that is really focused on long-form versus short-form.” -Jordan NewmanFollow Jordan on LinkedInWatch the Spotify Podcasting Masterclass VideosSpotify on Instagram Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
24:51 2/8/24
Reframing AI • Chloe Autio
DC-based AI policy and governance expert, Chloe Autio, joins Niki in the studio to break down the state of play in Washington for AI regulations this year. They explore AI’s PR challenge, talk about the awkward optics of recent Congressional briefings, and Chloe explains why the term “artificial intelligence” conceals more than it reveals.  “It really should be more about not whether or not AI is going to take your job, but whether or not someone who uses and knows how to use AI will replace your job.” - Chloe AutioSign up for a class with Chloe at the Future of Privacy ForumFollow Chloe on LinkedIn  Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
33:46 1/25/24
Tech'ed Up Welcome Trailer 2024
What’s happening on the frontlines of tech? Tune in to Tech'ed Up for zippy conversations about emerging technology hosted by industry veteran Niki Christoff.From the C-Suite and Capitol Hill to AI and crypto, quantum computing to the decentralized internet, Niki breaks down the trends in tech to help savvy listeners get even smarter. Guests include experts, enthusiasts, regulators, policymakers, CEOs, and reporters. Listen here or anywhere you get your podcasts to learn more from Niki and guests like SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, SeedAI Founder & President Austin Carson, Bloomberg podcast host & NY Times best-selling author Ashlee Vance, and Stellar Foundation CEO Denelle Dixon. New episodes premiere bi-weekly on Thursdays. Subscribe for the latest episode on YouTube, follow on Instagram, or listen on your podcast app of choice.  Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
01:38 1/19/24
The Future of Digital Money • Matt Swinehart
Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors, Matt Swinehart, joins Niki in the studio to talk fintech and the future fate of the USD. Matt previews why alternatives to the US Dollar will be a hot topic globally in 2024, how the Libra project still impacts the way regulators are thinking about crypto, and shares his take on why the EU approaches tech regulation differently than the US. Niki shares her take on Bitcoin and what might have been and Matt forecasts the state of play for regulation with AI in fintech. “There is no world, I think, in which crypto will ever be dead. Even when it comes to things like unbacked crypto, there is such momentum in the market that the goal of regulators is not to reduce that activity to zero.”  - Matt SwinehartFollow Matt on LinkedIn  Learn more about Rock Creek Global Advisors  Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
27:28 1/11/24
Profiles in Tech: Running at Walls • Meghan Joyce
Meghan Joyce, Co-Founder and CEO of AI startup Duckbill, joins Niki in the latest installment of our Profiles in Tech Series. She shares insights from her unconventional career path from the Treasury Department to raising venture capital for an early-stage Boston tech company with stops along the way at Bain Capital, Uber, and Oscar Healthcare. Niki and Meghan share their optimism for the incredible opportunities AI offers both businesses and consumers. “What's so exciting as an entrepreneur in this space is the playing field is still wide open. It's not clear what the winning business model is going to be, where the clearest product market fit is, and that creates enormous potential. And I wouldn't be surprised if we see some many cycles of boom and bust here and a transformation of how we all think about AI.” -Meghan JoyceFollow Meghan on LinkedInLearn more about Duckbill Try out Duckbill as a friend of the pod for one month free  Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
30:43 12/28/23
2023 Wrap-Up: Tech in DC • Bruce Mehlman
Bruce Mehlman, founder of Mehlman Consulting, a bi-partisan lobbying juggernaut in Washington, DC, joins Niki in the studio to share his thoughts on 2023 and tech. They have a spirited conversation about politics, progress, and the state of play for tech regulation that touches on AI, tech’s impact on polling, and social media. “AI's existence doesn't mean, okay, now we're all going to settle all those old hard things…it's not endemic to some kind of Washington dysfunction that we haven't solved it. It's that hard things are hard.” -Bruce MehlmanFollow Bruce on XDive into the infographicsBruce recommends subscribing to Stratechery Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
28:33 12/14/23
Tech at the CIA • Sheetal Patel
Assistant Director of the CIA for the Transnational and Technology Mission Center, Sheetal Patel, joins Niki in the studio to talk about how important tech is to their mission, partnerships with the private sector, and why they are actively recruiting technologists. This episode looks back at technology that the CIA helped bring to our everyday lives and looks forward to the impact of AI.  “The global strategic competition in emerging technology is actually occurring in the private sector. And so, for us, for CIA in particular, but I would say for my intelligence community colleagues as well, working with the private sector has never been so important.” -Sheetal PatelFollow Sheetal on LinkedInCareers at the CIA Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
30:02 11/30/23
Take Back Your Data • Martina Larkin
CEO of Project Liberty, Martina Larkin, joins Niki remotely in the studio to talk about the non-profit’s hope for the future of the internet. They take a deep dive into data, decentralization, and how DSNP gives power back to the user. Niki makes the case for a digital backpack or ID and Martina shares how researchers, NGOs, and tech can partner together to make the next generation of the web safer for all. "This is not about pointing out the harms or the problems only. This is really about building a solution and an alternative way forward." - Martina LarkinFollow Martina on LinkedInLearn more about MeWeFind out more at Project Liberty Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
28:15 11/16/23
"Futureproof" • Kevin Roose (New York Times)
New York Times reporter and host of the popular podcast Hard Fork, Kevin Roose, joins Niki remotely to talk all things AI and why he’s a “sub-optomist” when it comes to how this latest tech revolution will impact our future. He shares some tips from his book, Futureproof, about how to be resilient in the age of AI in the workplace. Turns out being more human is the answer because you just can’t out-hustle a machine. “People should start thinking about it [AI] more as a tool for displacing tasks within jobs rather than entire jobs.”  Kevin RooseFollow Kevin on TwitterCheck out Hard ForkListen to Rabbit Hole Read Kevin’s NYT article Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
32:50 11/2/23
Digital Ticket Era • Laura Dooley
Laura Dooley,  Head of Global Government Relations at StubHub, sits down with Niki in the studio to talk about the tech behind ticket pricing, why competition in the ticketing industry is so important for consumers, and highlights some smart and reasonable paths for policy solutions that will empower consumers and fans."When you buy a ticket, it should be yours. That's our point of view. Do what you want with it. Unfortunately, that's not how it works in the status quo." - Laura DooleyFollow Laura on LinkedIn Careers at StubHub  Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
33:41 10/19/23
Fintech in D.C. • Penny Lee & Amena Ross
Niki is joined by Penny Lee, President & CEO of the Financial Technology Association and Amena Ross, Head of Global Policy at CashApp for a fintech coffee klatch: What’s brewing in DC for fintech? They have a lively conversation about open banking, the fate of the CFPB, and data privacy. Amena explains why screen scraping is a good thing and Penny makes the case for keeping America in the lead when it comes to fintech regulation. "Data is like the new oil." -Amena Ross"We need to have a federal data privacy law that clearly spells out what you can and cannot do with that data." - Penny LeeFollow Penny on LinkedInLearn more about the FTAFollow Amena on LinkedInLearn more about Block Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
30:51 10/5/23
Tech’ed Up Turns 2!
Niki looks back at the last two years of Tech’ed Up and shares some of her favorite moments from the podcast.  This episode highlights engaging clips from episodes featuring Bloomberg reporter Ashlee Vance, US presidential candidate and former Congressman Will Hurd, Washingtonian Tech Titan 2023 Amy Gilliland of GDIT, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Denelle Dixon, CEO of the Stellar Development Foundation, and many more.  Listen in as Niki and guests explore all things tech: covering emerging technology from AI to crypto, speculating about government regulation, and geeking out about the future of tech in general. Learn more about where we record at Switch & Board Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
21:47 9/21/23
Profiles in Tech: From Oxford to Reddit • Jessica Ashooh
Senior Director of Policy at Reddit, Jessica Ashooh, joins Niki remotely to talk about her non-traditional path to Silicon Valley - from earning a Ph.D. in International relations, to working in Abu Dhabi and at think tanks. They take a quick dive into how Reddit works, why its community is so passionate about governance, and, of course, talk cat subreddit threads. "I would say that Reddit is the democratic curation engine of the internet." -Jessica AshoohFollow Jessica on LinkedInExplore just a few of the many subreddit threads about cats:https://www.reddit.com/r/blackcats/ https://www.reddit.com/r/airplaneears/https://www.reddit.com/r/CatsStandingUp/https://www.reddit.com/r/catsofukraine/ Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
27:59 9/7/23
Smart Guns 101 • Kai Kloepfer
CEO of Biofire, Kai Kloepfer, joins Niki remotely in the studio to talk smart guns. They explore the technology that helps make these guns a safer option for home protection, the unique challenges of developing deep tech hardware, and some sobering statistics that keep Kai and his team motivated to help with one small part of a major, uniquely American, public health epidemic."…there's a big need for applying American innovation and ingenuity to all sorts of areas." -Kai KloepferFollow Kai on TwitterLearn more about Biofire Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
24:12 8/24/23
Is Crypto Back from the Dead? • John Rizzo
Former U.S. Treasury spokesperson, current SVP of Public Affairs at Clyde Group, and crypto commentator John Rizzo joins Niki in the studio to talk about the state of play of crypto. Is there a future for crypto in America or will unelected bureaucrats successfully push the industry overseas? They discuss the broader regulatory climate and how other emerging technology, such as AI, could find itself in a similar deathmatch in Washington. "I think the AI industry is in real danger of getting run over by Washington if they don't make fast moves now." -John RizzoFollow John on TwitterJohn recommends the SlowBoring SubstackLearn more about Clyde GroupRead John’s Op-Eds on CoinDesk Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
31:46 8/10/23
DC & Tech Hot Topics • Ashley Gold (Axios)
Axios reporter Ashley Gold joins Niki in the studio for a lighthearted conversation about what Big Tech should expect from Congress this year. They talk Federal Trade Commission dynamics, Ticketmaster drama, and foreign investments in the United States. Ashley shares her insights as the lead reporter for Axios’ Pro Tech Policy newsletter: Who’s interested and what’s what? And Niki cracks wise about Taylor Swift, Vrbo, and TikTok (of course). "We're still talking about AI at a pretty high level, but the level of seriousness is something I haven't seen with other tech policy issues for a while." -Ashley GoldFollow Ashley on TwitterLearn more about Axios ProFollow Niki on LinkedIn Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
23:40 7/27/23
AI, Hacks & Cyber Attacks • Paul Rosenzweig
Former Department of Homeland Security official, Paul Rosenzweig, joins Niki in the studio to share his thoughts on AI, hacking, and national security.  They dish some stories from the past and take a look to the future of big tech in China, talk AI hallucinations, and Paul shares his thoughts on what Congress should be doing to respond to the changing - and rapidly evolving - national security landscape.  "It {AI] already has its own problems with hallucinations and things like that. Imagine if the hallucinations weren't accidental but were forced upon us by outside bad actors?" - Paul RosenzweigFollow Paul on TwitterLearn more about  Red Branch ConsultingListen to Paul on The Federalist Society PodcastFollow Niki on LinkedIn Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
31:14 7/13/23
Race for Space • Ashlee Vance (Bloomberg)
NY Times best-selling author, reporter, and host of Hello World, Ashlee Vance joins Niki to talk about the wild and wonderful characters driving the new space race. He shares stories from his new book ‘When the Heavens Went on Sale’ and why he believes this new space gold rush will change life as we know it.  "...if you're interested in money and, and sort of power and what's going on, low Earth orbit is, is where all the action is." -Ashlee VanceFollow Ashlee on TwitterCheck out Hello WorldBuy ‘When the Heavens Went on Sale’  Here Follow Niki on LinkedIn Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
38:11 6/29/23
The Deep & Dark Web • Matteo Tomasini
Cyber defense expert, Matteo Tomasini, joins Niki on the podcast to shine a light into the deepest, darkest parts of the web. He explains the differences between the “Clearnet" aka the surface web, deep web, and the dark web. While they dive into the dangerous - and legitimate - motivations for anonymous web browsing, Matteo also provides helpful tips for protecting your own privacy online. "…the hard part is a lot of people just don't know. So, they just kind of will blindly visit websites, click on things, allow location, do this without understanding what the repercussions of that are." -Matteo TomasiniFollow Matteo on TwitterLearn more about PrescientDiscover District4Labs Listen to the ‘Hunting Warhead’ podcastFollow Niki on LinkedIn Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
33:39 6/15/23
‘Deep Fake Drake’ • Jessica Powell
CEO and co-founder of AudioShake, Jessica Powell, joins Niki remotely to talk AI and music. Her company created tech that has helped artists and fans alike since before we ever heard of a musical “deep fake.” In this episode, they chat karaoke, video game music, and Jessica breaks down what a stem is - as well as the creative impact AI will have on the music industry as we know it. "…what more logical next iteration of fandom and fan engagement than trying to create music with your favorite artist's voice, right?....I can see a whole infrastructure that could easily spring up to support all that. " - Jessica PowellFollow Jessica on TwitterLearn more about AudioShakeListen to this episode's playlistFollow Niki on LinkedIn Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
28:04 6/1/23
Kids & Social Media Addiction • Previn Warren
Washington-based litigator, Previn Warren, joins Niki in the studio to talk about his law firm’s multi-district litigation against social media giants Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube. They discuss the growing epidemic of social media addiction among teens and tweens, and its impact on kids’ mental health, their developing brains, and bodies. "…we [Motley Rice]were kind of at the forefront of fighting the tobacco wars and preventing cigar companies from marketing to kids. Right? So, we won that fight in the nineties. And to me, this is really the sequel." -Previn Warren**This episode contains some serious subject matter including mentions of suicide, eating disorders, and violent sexual social media content.**Dove ad campaignFollow Previn on LinkedIn Follow Niki on LinkedIn Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
29:16 5/18/23
Crypto for Good (for real) • Denelle Dixon
Denelle Dixon, CEO of the Stellar Foundation, joins Niki in the studio to talk about the real world, right-now positive use cases blockchain technology is having on the underbanked. They explore the work the foundation is doing with the UNHCR and IRC in Ukraine, their partnership with MoneyGram, and why you should care. Denelle shares some sage advice for the industry on how to better communicate with regulators.  "I actually feel like we're gonna make this, we're gonna make a shift here in the United States because we have to, because I don't wanna see technology leave this country. I don't wanna see operators leave this country. And I, I actually don't think that they will if we can just have those conversations and listen to one another." -Denelle DixonLearn more about the Stellar FoundationFollow Denelle on TwitterRemittance ResearchFollow Niki on LinkedIn Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
31:35 5/4/23
AI Deep Dive • Dorothy Chou
Head of Public Affairs for DeepMind, Dorothy Chou, is in Washington from London and joins Niki in the Tech’ed Up Studio to talk about the massive impact AI is already having on science, work, and the future of our economy. They cover the hard questions we all should be asking as this tech develops at breakneck speed, discuss the role of government in shaping this emerging tech, and highlight the importance of wrangling all kinds of people to shape the data and norms that underpin AI. “There needs to be a real renegotiation of what all of our roles are in this process as technology makes it into society. And I think that the dialogue between scientists and policymakers, it's never been more important.” -Dorothy ChouListen to the DeepMind PodcastRead “Chat GPT is a Blurry JPEG of the Web”Learn more about The Obsidian CollectionFollow Dorothy on Twitter Follow Niki on LinkedIn Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
30:22 4/20/23
Cyber Safety • Debbie Taylor Moore
Cybersecurity veteran and VP of Global Security at IBM Consulting, Debbie Taylor Moore, joins Niki in the studio for an eye-opening discussion on the future of cybersecurity threats, the need for cyber literacy, and practical advice on how to protect yourself, your data, and your home online in the event of a critical breach or outage. "On the flip side, the bad guys or threat actors can use it [AI] for propagating disinformation, for propagating bots, malware, denial of service attacks, at much greater scale and speed, and with much greater efficiency." -Debbie Taylor MooreFollow Debbie on LinkedInWatch Debbie’s CES PanelFollow Niki on Twitter Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
30:34 4/6/23
Bye, Trolls • Tracy Chou
Block Party CEO & Founder, Tracy Chou, joins Niki remotely to talk about what her team is doing to make the internet a safer place and why she’s passionate about their mission. Her app puts control back in the hands of social media users using block lists, lock-out filters, and other tips and tricks to combat trolls. The conversation covers why the social media giants aren’t incentivized to do this work themselves, what action is needed for third-party app innovation to thrive, and what, as users (and people) our options are - and should be."…it [API access] is actually a win-win-win where the platforms don't have to invest their product and engineering resources in building out the surface area of safety product. And it's some stuff that would never make sense for them to build." -Tracy Chou ○ Follow Tracy on LinkedIn○ Learn more about Block Party○ Follow Block Party on Twitter○ Follow Niki on Twitter Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
23:24 3/23/23
Online Speech & The Supreme Court • Emily Birnbaum (Bloomberg)
Bloomberg reporter Emily Birnbaum visits Niki in the Tech’ed Up studio for a rollicking conversation about online speech and the U.S. Supreme Court’s forthcoming opinion on Gonzalez v. Google. This conversation covers the Justices’ overall vibes, the limitations of Section 230, Niki’s observations from inside the courtroom, and Emily’s assessment of the stakes for tech companies. …it's interesting because it's, like, Google's power and influence actually did affect who was able to argue for the plaintiffs in this case." -Emily BirnbaumFollow Emily on TwitterGen Z dating habits? (The Hill) Follow Niki on Twitter Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
33:07 3/9/23
Making Sense of the Metaverse • Denise Zheng
Denise Zheng, Managing Director for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the CEO at Accenture, joins Niki in the studio to highlight ways the metaverse is already being put to work in business.  She goes beyond the jargon of XR, AI, and web3 and explains what the metaverse is and why she thinks right now is a pivotal moment in the development of a tech that is sure to shape our future.  "We need to design the metaverse so that it's human-centric, right? But from a privacy, security, and safety standpoint, we found that consumers care about that the most. And that means, I think, companies need to lean forward, they need to lean further forward than they have in the past…" -Denise Zheng Follow Denise Zheng on LinkedInLearn more about WebMeFollow Niki on Twitter Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
26:44 2/23/23
“Facts Favor the Optimist” • Rep. John Delaney (D-MD)
Former Congressman and presidential candidate, John Delaney, joins Niki in the studio to discuss bipartisanship, practical policymaking, and answering the call to serve.  From investing in de-carbonization projects to crafting AI policy, from banning gas stoves to TikTok, they cover it all in this wide-ranging conversation."I think technological improvement, by any measure, has improved the condition of humanity across time, full stop. And it's doing that as we speak today. There's no question about it." -Rep. John DelaneyFollow former Rep. Delaney on TwitterLearn more about Forbright BankFollow Niki on Twitter Learn More at www.techedup.com Follow us on Instagram Check out video on YouTube Follow Niki on LinkedIn
27:01 2/9/23