In this episode, Hugh sits down with Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, and co-author of the book Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age (2019). Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, he clerked in the Southern District of New York and then was in practice with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and London.

Brad and Hugh discuss a number of issues, including:

1) Brad’s growing up in Wisconsin;

2) his clerkship and Covington & Burling experiences;

3) his foray into IP and how it led to his career at Microsoft;

4) the present and future impact of AI technologies and its practical and ethical implications.


Addendum: You can obtain a copy of Brad’s book, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age" at

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