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51 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
S5:E2 - Activision Blizzard Discrimination and Harassment Suit, Security Issues With Some Independent Phone Producers, and the Incredible Gail.com
In this episode we talk about a major sexism and harassment suit against Activision Blizzard, and what might be one of the best websites on the internet, gail.com. Then we speak with Kyle Rankin, Chief Security Officer at Purism, about their mission to make computers and phones focused on security and privacy, and what people should potentially beware of when using phones from independent phone producers such as the newly announced Freedom Phone. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Gail.com WIPO Case D2006-0655 Activision Blizzard Sued Over ‘Frat Boy’ Culture, Harassment (1) Calif. Dep’t of Fair Emp. & Housing v. Activision Blizzard Inc. Freedom Phone Announcement Purism Kyle RankinKyle Rankin is the Chief Security Officer at Purism, SPC, and the author of a number of books on security and infrastructure, most recently Linux Hardening in Hostile Networks for Pearson.
37 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
S5:E1 - Pegasus Cyber Espionage Tool, Steam’s New Console, Gunshot-Detecting Tech, and NATO Condemns a Cyberattack
In this episode, we talk about a gunshot-detecting tech used by law enforcement, the new Steam Deck handheld gaming console, and an unprecedented move by NATO condemning China for a hack exploiting Microsoft's Exchange Server. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Gunshot-Detecting Tech Is Summoning Armed Police to Black Neighborhoods Nintendo Switch Gets New Rival With Valve’s Portable Steam Console U.S. and key allies accuse China of Microsoft Exchange cyberattacks ReliaQuest CodeNewbie: What is cryptography and how to get into it, with Marcus Carey Tribe of Hackers: Blue Team Israeli Spyware Maker Is in Spotlight Amid Reports of Wide Abuses Amnesty International The Citizen Lab Israeli Spyware Maker Is in Spotlight Amid Reports of Wide Abuses Marcus CareyMarcus J. Carey is an Enterprise Architect at ReliaQuest where he does security research and product development. Prior to joining ReliaQuest, Marcus was the founder and CEO at Threatcare (acquired by ReliaQuest) and has 20 years of cybersecurity experience. Marcus has worked in penetration testing, incident response, and digital forensics with federal agencies such as NSA, DC3, DIA, and DARPA.
50 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
S4:E8 - An Elaborate Phishing Hack, Autonomous Lethal Drones, a Questionable m1 Security Flaw, and a Devnews Behind the Scenes
In this episode, we talk about an elaborate phishing hack, a questionable M1 security flaw, and the first autonomous lethal drones targeting humans. Then we chat with our producer, Levi Sharpe to give a behind the scenes look at how we make DevNews. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) BazaFlix: BazaLoader Fakes Movie Streaming Service M1ssing Register Access Controls Leak EL0 State Drones may have attacked humans fully autonomously for the first time One startup's quest to take on Chrome and reinvent the web browser Levi SharpeLevi Sharpe is the senior podcast producer at Forem, currently making their CodeNewbie, DevNews, and DevDiscuss podcasts. Previously, he was lead podcast producer at Gizmodo Media Group, where he produced Lifehacker’s Webby-nominated podcast, The Upgrade, as well as Jezebel's DirtCast and Big Time Dicks podcasts. You can hear his sound design work on the narrative fiction podcast, Roommate From Hell, and the Webby award-winning comedy musical podcast, Propaganda.
40 minutes | May 27, 2021
S4:E7 - Freenode’s Mass Resignations, NVIDIA’s Less Crypto-Friendly Chips, Twitter’s Crop Algorithm Investigation, and Remote Employers Excluding Colorado
In this episode, we talk about companies excluding the state of Colorado from remote opportunities due to the Equal Pay For Equal Work Act, NVIDIA making their graphics cards less desirable for cryptocurrency miners, and Twitters report on its investigation into its cropping algorithm, which many people criticized as having a racial and gender bias. Then we speak with James Eaton-Lee, former staff member at Freenode, and current staff member of Libera.Chat, which was created in response to entrepreneur and Crown Prince of Korea, Andrew Lee, taking control of Freenode, which led to a mass resignation of many of its staff developers. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Equal Pay For Equal Work Act Colorado Excluded NVIDIA cripples cryptocurrency mining on RTX cards Sharing learnings about our image cropping algorithm The Freenode resignation FAQ, or: "what the fuck is going on?" resigning from freenode Libera.Chat James Eaton-LeeJames is a staff member at Libera.Chat and was a Freenode staffer from 2007-2021. He has worked in tech for almost 20 years, and presently works in privacy and cybersecurity for an INGO.
54 minutes | May 20, 2021
S4:E6 - Babel’s Money Challenges, What It's Like to Work on Rails, and Coinbase’s End to Salary Negotiations
This week we’re talking about cryptocurrency company CoinBase refusing to negotiate job offers and a blog post by the Babel core team titled, “Babel is used by millions, so why are we running out of money?” which created a bit of a Twitter storm, and speak with Babel Core Maintainer Nicolò Ribaudo. Then we speak with Principal Engineer at Heroku and Rails Contributor Richard Schneeman, about what it’s like to work on Rails in the aftermath of Basecamp co-founders Jason Fried and Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson’s highly criticized blog post, which raised concerns about Rails' independence from its creator. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) How Coinbase is rethinking its approach to compensation Babel is used by millions, so why are we running out of money? Nicolò Ribaudo's Hacker News Post About Babel Running Out Of Money The room where it happens: How Rails gets made CodeTriage Nicolò RibaudoNicolò Ribaudo is an open source maintainer working on Babel and on many related projects. When offline, he's a math student in Turin, Italy.Richard SchneemanRichard Schneeman created and maintains CodeTriage.com, a tool for helping people contribute to open-source When he isn't obsessively compulsively refactoring code he spends his time reminding his kids to wash their hands.
46 minutes | May 13, 2021
S4:E5 - Apple AirTag Security Concerns, a Deep Neural Network Hack, an Oil Pipeline Cyber Attack, and a Shortage of Semiconductors
In this episode, we talk about Apple’s AirTag security concerns, a US oil pipeline cyber attack and shutdown, and a shortage in semiconductors. Then we chat with Sanghyun Hong and Yigitcan Kaya Ph.D. students in Computer Science at the University of Maryland College Park, and co-authors of a research paper about how hackers could make AI networks consume much more energy than they already do. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Review | Apple’s AirTag trackers made it frighteningly easy to ‘stalk’ me in a test A German security researcher claims he was able to break into the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag, allowing him to modify its NFC URL Here’s the hacking group responsible for the Colonial Pipeline shutdown Biden Plans an Order to Strengthen Cyberdefenses. Will It Be Enough? The Chip Shortage Keeps Getting Worse. Why Can’t We Just Make More? A Panda? No, It's a Sloth: Slowdown Attacks on Adaptive Multi-Exit Neural Network Inference Sanghyun HongSanghyun's research interests lie at the intersection of computer security and machine learning. His current research focus is to study the computational properties of DNNs from a systems security perspective. He was invited as a speaker at USENIX Enigma'21, where he talked about practical hardware attacks on deep learning. He is also a recipient of the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.Yigitcan KayaYigitcan Kaya is a fourth year PhD student at University of Maryland. His research focus is on security risks and vulnerabilities of deep learning models, such as their sensitivity to malicious inputs or their tendency to memorize and leak private information. In the past, being inspired by neuroscience, he identified the overthinking problem in neural networks then proposed a generic solution to this problem.
44 minutes | May 6, 2021
S4:E4 - Video Game Studio Instability, Basecamp’s Mass Resignations, Apple’s Monopoly, and Donald Trump’s Facebook
In this episode, we talk about Basecamp’s mass resignations, the European Union saying Apple breaks antitrust laws, and Facebook's decision to continue the ban on Donald Trump's account. Then we chat with Jason Schreier, reporter at Bloomberg and the author of Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, and now Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry, coming out May 11, 2021.Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Facebook Oversight Board: Case decision 2021-001-FB-FBR EU says Apple’s App Store breaks competition rules after Spotify complaint How Basecamp blew up Basecamp resignations Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent, Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made Jason SchreierJason Schreier is a video games at Bloomberg news, and the author of "Blood, Sweat, and Pixels," and "Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry."
56 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
S4:E3 - Basecamp Backlash, Remote Work Harassment, Linux Kernel Submission Ban, and Crypto Miners Killing Free CI
In this episode, we talk about the problematic blog post put out by Basecamp CEO and Co-founder Jason Fried, and we also get into how crypto currency miners are killing free CI. Then we chat with Hector Monsegur, security researcher and former blackhat hacker, about how University of Minnesota security researchers submitted security vulnerabilities to the Linux kernel to show flaws in the approval process leading to a call for a ban on anything submitted by umn.edu emails. Finally, we speak with McKensie Mack, founder & CEO of MMG and a co-author of a report put out by the non-profit, Project Include, about how remote work is leading to more gender and racial harassment at tech companies.Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Changes at Basecamp What really happened at Basecamp An Open Letter To Jason and David Crypto miners are killing free CI Remote work since Covid-19 is exacerbating harm: What companies need to know and do University of Minnesota banned from contributing to Linux kernel Hector X. MonsegurHector X. Monsegur is a security researcher and former black hat hacker.McKensie MackResearcher, strategist, and digital organizer, McKensie leads the data-driven organization, MMG, which leverages mixed-methods research to transform culture and stop harm.
52 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
S4:E2 - U.K. Central Bank Digital Currency, the Environmental Impact of Digital Currency, a Problematic Spotify Patent, and WordPress’ Google FLoC Block
In this episode, we talk about WordPress blocking Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts tracking technology, a web app that received so much negative feedback from food bloggers it was taken down in less than a day, and The Bank of England and HM Treasury creating a joint task force to explore the possibility of creating a central bank digital currency in the U.K. Then we speak with Tim Swanson, founder and director of research at Post Oak Labs, and head of market intelligence at ClearMatics, as well as the author of the research paper, “Bitcoin and other PoW coins are an ESG nightmare,” about the environmental impact of digital currency. Then we chat with Isedua Oribhabor, U.S. policy analyst at Access Now about their letter to Spotify on why the company should abandon their recent speech-recognition patent of a technology to detect emotion, gender, and age.Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Proposal: Treat FLoC like a security concern Tech keeps trying to ‘fix’ recipe sites. Food bloggers wish they’d stop. Bank of England statement on Central Bank Digital Currency Access Now Letter To Spotify (Axios) RightsCon 2021 Bitcoin and other PoW coins are an ESG nightmare Tim SwansonTim Swanson is the founder and director of research at Post Oak Labs, head of market intelligence at ClearMatics, as well as the author of the research paper, “Bitcoin and other PoW coins are an ESG nightmare,” Isedua OribhaborIsedua is Access Now's U.S. Policy Analyst and Business and Human Rights lead. She works to promote human rights in the digital age, focusing on the responsibility of tech companies to respect human rights.
55 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
S4:E1 - Platforms as Utilities, Archiving Yahoo Answers, and Companies Rescinding Accepted Offers
In this episode, we talk about companies rescinding job offers after they have been accepted. Then we speak with Nikolas Guggenberger, executive director of the Yale Information Society Project, about Justice Clarence Thomas arguing for categorizing some digital platforms as utilities and why this is a huge deal for the tech world. Finally, we chat with Jason Scott, co-founder of Archive Team, about their efforts to archive Yahoo Answers which is shutting down after 16 years. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Blind: Rescind Justice Clarence Thomas' Argument For Regulating Some Digital Platforms As Utilities Yahoo Answers to shut down May 4, 2021 Archive Team ArchiveTeam Warrior Nikolas GuggenbergerNikolas Guggenberger is the executive director of the Yale Information Society Project and a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. His research focuses on the intersection of law and technology, specifically platform regulation, antitrust, and privacy.Jason ScottJason Scott is the co-founder of Archive Team who speaks passionately on the never-ending and critical saving of online history. He has been a video game art director, unix administrator, documentary filmmaker and public raconteur.
52 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
S3:E8 - Microsoft Mesh, Accusations of Sexism and Racism at Mailchimp, France’s ‘Repairability Index,’ and Framework’s Modular Laptop
In this episode, we talk about Microsoft Mesh, France’s ‘repairability index,’ and Framework’s 13.5 inch modular laptop and are then joined by Kerry Sheehan, US Policy Lead at iFixit, and Kevin Purdy, technology journalist at iFixit, the gadget teardown and repair guide site, whose CEO was consulted by the French government about the repairability index. Then we talk about a damning report from The Verge about rampant sexism and racism at Mailchimp, and are then joined by Jaime-Alexis Fowler, founder and executive director of Empower Work, a non-profit that connects you to professionals to help you handle workplace challenges.Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) “You can actually feel like you’re in the same place”: Microsoft Mesh powers shared experiences in mixed reality Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal Introducing the Framework Laptop Apple Is Using France’s New Repairability Scoring—Here’s How It Works Mailchimp Employees Have Complained About Inequality for Years - Is Anyone Listening? Empower Work Kerry SheehanKerry Maeve Sheehan is the U.S. Policy Lead at iFixit, where she advocates for Right to Repair at the state and federal levels. She’s a graduate of Boston University School of Law and comes to iFixit from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge, where she worked extensively on issues in intellectual property law and technology policy. She’s written on legal issues in technology for EFF’s Deeplinks blog, Slate, and The Hill.Kevin PurdyKevin Purdy is a writer for iFixit. He previously wrote for Wirecutter, a New York Times publication, Lifehacker, and other sites. Jaime-Alexis FowlerJaime-Alexis Fowler is the founder and executive director of Empower Work, a national nonprofit on a mission to build healthy, equitable workplaces. Empower Work provides the first free, confidential crisis text line for work issues. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NPR, TechCrunch, Slate, Fast Company, and Forbes.
43 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
S3:E7 - Google’s Termination of Dr. Mitchell, Clubhouse Security, Australia’s News Publisher Law, and Low-Code Tools
In this episode, we talk about the termination of Dr. Margaret Mitchell, founder and lead of the Google Ethical AI team, Australia’s law requiring Google and Facebook to pay news publishers, and concerns over Clubhouse security. Then we are joined by Rahat Chowdhury, co-founder of Whimser, to chat about the large funding rounds low-code platforms have been receiving, what this means for developers, and where these tools might fit in our own development. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Google tweaks diversity, research policies following inquiry On the Firing of Dr. Timnit Gebru Facebook Blocks News in Australia, Diverging With Google on Proposed Law Facebook’s New Look in Australia: News and Hospitals Out, Aliens Still In Clubhouse Chats Are Breached, Raising Concerns Over Security Lets talk about the Clubhouse 'hack' which wasn't Creatio Looks To Go Big With Low-Code After $68M Raise Rahat ChowdhuryRahat is a second career developer who comes from a background in customer support management. He is a mental health advocate, entrepreneur, and teacher who enjoys spending his free time mentoring new developers.
37 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
S3:E6 - CD Projekt Red Hack, a Florida Water Supply Hack, and a Major ‘Dependency Confusion’ Hack
In this episode, we talk about engineers unionizing with other workers at Medium, Epic’s MetaHuman Creator, a hacker who broke into a water system in Florida, and a security researcher who breached over 35 big tech companies leveraging something called dependency confusion. Then we are joined by Pierre Leclerc, co-founder of 6 Eyes Studio, and game developer of the tactical RPG, Fell Seal, to chat about the recent hack of the game studio CD Projekt Red, and what one can realistically do with stolen video game source code. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Medium Workers Union A sneak peek at MetaHuman Creator: high-fidelity digital humans made easy Hacker Tried to Poison Florida City's Water Supply, Police Say Dependency Confusion: How I Hacked Into Apple, Microsoft and Dozens of Other Companies Cyberpunk and Witcher hackers auction off stolen source code for millions of dollars 6 Eyes Studio Pierre LeclercPierre Leclerc is co-founder of 6 Eyes Studio, and game developer of the tactical RPG, Fell Seal.
48 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
S3:E5 - Developers' Place Within Clubhouse, Margaret Mitchell’s letter to Google, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency, and Tracking Capitol Rioters
In this episode, we talk about Google AI Researcher Margaret Mitchell’s letter to the company about the firing of former AI Researcher, Timnit Gebru, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency, and smartphone data that was given to The New York Times that was used to track Capitol rioters. Then we chat with Casey Lau, co-host of RISE, one of the Web Summit conferences, and host of the RISE Offstage podcast, to talk about how Clubhouse will impact the future of tech conferences, and what developers' place is within the Clubhouse ecosystem. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) On the Firing of Dr. Timnit Gebru They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them. AppTrackingTransparency requirement update How will Clubhouse impact the future of tech conferences? RISE Casey LauCasey Lau is co-host of RISE, one of the Web Summit conferences, and host of the RISE Offstage podcast.
44 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
S3:E4 - Jeff Bezos Stepping Down, Independent COVID Vaccine Systems, Ford’s Android Integration, and Tech Pricing Models
In this episode, we talk about Jeff Bezos transitioning from CEO of Amazon to executive chair of the Amazon board, Ford’s future Android integration, and what kinds of pricing models work for different tech products. Then we chat with Cameron Yick, software engineer at Datadog, and one of the creators of the NYC Vaccine List, a website with the aim of helping people find a COVID-19 vaccine in and around NYC. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Email from Jeff Bezos to employees Here’s Why We’re Co-Creating Our Future with Google Subscription-based pricing is dead: Smart SaaS companies are shifting to usage-based models What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? NYC Vaccine List Find the COVID vaccine in your state Where can I get a vaccine? Cameron YickCameron is an engineer at Datadog and co-organizer of the NYC Data Visualization Meetup. He is also one of the creators of the NYC Vaccine List He writes and speaks about making public data useful, visual tools for thought, and creating conditions for Serendipity.
35 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
S3:E3 - Elasticsearch License Change, Alpha Global Union, A Cookie-tracking Alternative, and White House Website Accessibility Features
In this episode, we talk about International Google workers unionizing, a potentially more privacy-friendly alternative to Cookie tracking, and new web accessibility features on the White House website. Then we chat with Jacob Rogers, Senior Legal Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation, about what we need to know about upcoming licensing changes to Elasticsearch and Kibana. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Exclusive: Google workers across the globe announce international union alliance to hold Alphabet accountable Google says it may have found a privacy-friendly substitute to cookies Web Accessibility: Improvements on the White House Website Doubling down on open, Part II Jacob RogersJacob Rogers is senior legal counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation.
55 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
S3:E2 - GitHub’s Firing Backlash, Alphabet Workers Union, Mobile Data Security, and WebExtensions API
In this episode, we talk about Apple’s WebExtensions API, and GitHub’s firing of a Jewish worker for using the word Nazi in reference to some of the rioters who attacked the US Capitol building on January 6th. Then we chat with Alex Gorowara, senior software engineer at Google, and spokesperson for the Alphabet Workers Union, to talk about the hundreds of Alphabet workers who have chosen to unionize and their mission. Finally, we speak with Max Zinkus and Tushar Jois, Doctoral Students in Applied Cryptography and Security at Johns Hopkins University, whose recent research found major weaknesses in both iOS and Android security mechanisms.Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Safari 14 added WebExtensions support. So where are the extensions? GitHub: Update on an employee matter EXCLUSIVE: GitHub is facing employee backlash after the firing of a Jewish employee who suggested 'Nazis are about' on the day of the US Capitol siege Alphabet Workers Union Data Security on Mobile Devices Alex GorowaraAlex Gorowara is a Senior Software Engineer who has worked in Google Travel Engineering Productivity since finishing undergrad at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2015. In non-pandemic times, he enjoys LARP and choir singing. Max ZinkusMax Zinkus is a doctoral student in Computer Science under Matt Green at Johns Hopkins University. Max’s research explores novel ways to use cryptography to improve the privacy and security of computer systems we rely on every day. Tushar JoisTushar Jois is a doctoral student studying computer science under his advisor, Avi Rubin, at Johns Hopkins. Tushar's research focuses on security and privacy for personal devices: protecting users and their everyday data from prying eyes.
59 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
S3:E1 - Trump De-platformed, Parler Dropped, an ANTIFA Conspiracy, and Virtual CES
In this episode, we talk about the mass indefinite ban of Trump on social media platforms, and AWS and the Google and Apple App Stores dropping Parler in the aftermath of the US Capitol’s siege by Trump supporters. Then we chat with Dave Gershgorn, senior writer at OneZero at Medium, who covers AI and its effects on society, about the conspiracy theory that antifa were embedded in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol building. Finally, we speak with Monica Chin, writer at the Verge, about this year’s virtual Consumer Electronics Show. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) All the platforms that have banned or restricted Trump so far Parler Is Gone, But Hackers Say They Downloaded Everything First Claims Antifa Embedded in Capitol Riots Come From a Deeply Unreliable Facial Recognition Company CES Platformer Gender Shades: Intersectional Accuracy Disparities in Commercial Gender Classification Dave GershgornDave Gershgorn is a senior writer for OneZero, a technology publication from Medium. He covers artificial intelligence and surveillance.Monica ChinMonica Chin is a writer for The Verge covering computers. Previously, she has covered consumer tech for Mashable, Tom's Guide, and Business Insider.
46 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
S2:E8 - Major Governmental Hack, Ruby 3.0, Oblivious DNS, and Facebook Antitrust Lawsuits
In this episode, we about federal and state antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, and a new DNS technique backed by Apple, Cloudflare, and Fastly called Oblivious DNS. Then we speak with Hector Monsegur, security researcher and former blackhat hacker, about a major hack against multiple government agencies. Then we chat with Penelope Phippen, tech lead at Stripe, and a Director at Ruby Central, about the release of Ruby 3.0. Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Improving DNS Privacy with Oblivious DoH in 126.96.36.199 U.S. and States Say Facebook Illegally Crushed Competition U.S. Agencies Hacked in Foreign Cyber Espionage Campaign Linked to Russia Ruby 3.0.0 Preview 2 Released Hector X. MonsegurHector X. Monsegur is a security researcher and former black hat hacker.Penelope PhippenPenelope Phippen (she/her) is a multifaceted Rubyist who works as a Director at Ruby Central, is the creator of Rubyfmt, and was formerly a lead maintainer of the RSpec project. She frequently writes and speaks about about complex aspects of the Ruby grammar, and issues of social justice for trans people in computer science. She's sad that she can't hug every cat.
47 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
S2:E7 - Cyberpunk 2077, Timnit Gebru’s Firing, GitHub’s ‘State of the Octoverse,’ and Google’s New Chip
In this episode, we talk about Google’s move to put their own chips in Pixels and Chromebooks, and notable items in GitHub’s “State of the Octoverse.” Then we speak with Nathan Grayson, senior reporter at Kotaku and co-host of Kotaku’s Splitscreen, about crunch culture in game development and the differences between a company like Supergiant Games and CD Projekt Red, the maker of the newly released and highly anticipated RPG, Cyberpunk 2077. Finally, we chat with Julien Cornebise, an honorary associate professor at University College London and a former researcher with DeepMind, Google’s A.I. lab, about Google’s firing of Timnit Gebru, a co-leader of Google’s Ethical A.I. team, who said she was fired after she sent an email criticizing the company’s efforts to hire more minorities as well as biases in their A.I.Show Notes Scout APM (sponsor) Scoop: Google readies its own chip for future Pixels, Chromebooks Apple Preps Next Mac Chips With Aim to Outclass Top-End PCs The 2020 State of the Octoverse The Secret To The Success Of Bastion, Pyre, And Hades: No Forced Crunch, Yes Forced Vacations Cyberpunk 2077 Publisher Orders 6-Day Weeks Ahead of Launch Google Researcher Says She Was Fired Over Paper Highlighting Bias in A.I. We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says. Nathan GraysonNathan Grayson is a senior reporter at Kotaku who primarily focuses on streaming, labor, and PC gaming. He also cohosts the Kotaku Splitscreen podcast and is working on a book tentatively titled "STREAMERS" to be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in the future.Julien CornebiseJulien is a mathematician, scientist and coder, was the 5th research at DeepMind from 2012 working on their early algorithms, and co-created their Health Research team. He left in 2016 to start helping NGOs and charities with machine learning, and for that created in 2018 Element AI's "AI for Good" team and their London office. From ASMx86 to convergence theorems, from Google to Amnesty International and academia, he believes in depth and breadth, and that individual responsibility never dilutes in an organization: it multiplies. We must do better!
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