Technology has vast power to help and to harm. Tools and Weapons, hosted by Microsoft president Brad Smith, examines technology from both angles. It also features feedback from technology, culture, and policy experts.
This podcast began with a book. Smith's New York Times bestseller with Carol Ann Browne, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, started the conversation. Now, this podcast continues the dialogue. Smith's goal is to help people use technology for their benefit.
Comedian-journalist Trevor Noah appeared on the podcast's first episode. Outspoken on misinformation in the media, Noah shares Smith's commitment to authentic journalism. They discussed Noah's belief that society needs an “agreed-upon reality.” Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner also has been a guest. He echoed the importance of independent journalism and discussed how it protects democracy.
Smith invites artificial intelligence experts like Kai-Fu Lee to Tools and Weapons. Lee is an AI enthusiast who explains how humans must adapt to avoid job displacement in the future. He recommends students focus on soft skills over rote skills like math.
Listeners can learn about tech breakthroughs and how to find trustworthy content. Smith's tone is hopeful and helpful—two feelings listeners need in the digital age.