a16z Podcast: Software Programs the World

“All of a sudden you can program the world” — it’s the continuation of the software eating the world thesis we put out over five years ago, and of the trajectory of past and current technology shifts. So what are those shifts? What tech trends and platforms do we find most interesting on the heels of raising our fifth fund? Are we just building on and extending existing platforms though, or will there be new platforms; and if so, what will they be? Well, distributed systems for one…

This episode of the a16z Podcast covers all things distributed systems — encompassing cloud and SaaS; A.I., machine learning, deep learning; and quantum computing — to the role of hardware; future interfaces; and data, big and small. Podcast guests Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz (in conversation with Scott Kupor and Sonal Chokshi) also share the one piece of advice from a management and go-to-market perspective that all founders should know. And finally, why simulations matter… and what do we make of our current reality if we are all really living in a simulation as Elon Musk believes?