Satya Nadella is one of the world’s most inspirational business leaders, as much a humanist as a technologist and executive. In September 2017, he came to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his personal journey from a childhood in India to becoming CEO of Microsoft, the culture change that he has driven inside his legendary technology company, and the transformation that is coming to all our lives as we face the most disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing.
While many people worry about the negative impact of exponential digital growth – from automation taking over our jobs to the increasing power that algorithms are having over our lives – Nadella proffered his optimistic vision of the future, which he sets out in his latest book Hit Refresh. He argued that, as technology upends the status quo, the very human quality of empathy will become increasingly valuable. And he explained how people, organisations and societies must transform in their quest for new energy, new ideas, relevance and renewal.