Exponential View with Azeem Azhar

How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.



episode 4: Facebook’s Tech Chief: How We Built It and Where We’re Going

When Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer joined the company in 2008, it was about to hit 100 million users – today they serve 2.7 billion. He joins Azeem Azhar to explore how they planned for infrastructure resilience to cope with such explosive growth, and why Facebook has invested so deeply in AI and virtual reality.

They also discuss:

  • How Facebook increasingly uses AI systems to moderate content, including hate speech.
  • What Facebook is doing to address the need for greater diversity in its workforce and culture.
  • Why Facebook has committed to open source platforms such as PyTorch and React.

Further reading:

  • “Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears.” (New York Times, 2019)
  • “Facebook AI can translate directly between any of 100 languages” (New Scientist, 2020)
  • “Who controls the conversation – How to deal with free speech on social media” (The Economist 2020)


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