Stayin' Alive in Technology

Stayin' Alive in Technology

The tech industry is great at talking about the future, especially on podcasts. What we're not so great at is taking the time to understand our past. And that's what this podcast is all about. From the Noyce and Fairchild Semiconductor generation through the founding of social media, the history of Silicon Valley has many lessons for us. And we'll be interviewing the people who lived through these experiences to bring their knowledge to you. You'll get explanations for how we got where we are, which can also suggest where the future might be; along with a few laughs and inside stories from those who lived through it. So pull up a seat and listen to the tales of the past, in which may lie seeds for our future. New Episodes twice a month on Thursdays. ... Show More
October 18, 2018 48 min

Mar Hicks, Associate Professor of  History at Illinois Institute of Technology, drops in to talk about the history of technology and how algorithmic bias has evolved over the years. They discuss topics from how women were purposefully excluded from the tech industry to how transgender algorithmic bias began in the 70’s. Mar shares insights about bias in tech that you have probably experienced but might have only given a passing thought. Mar tells an anecdote about one of the earliest examples of institutionally trans algorithmic bias by the British government in the early 70’s. This episode is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.

 

LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Mar’s Book: Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing
  • Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, by Ariel Levy
  • Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, by Virginia Eubanks
  • Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World, by Meredith Broussard
  • Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, by Safiya Umoja Nobles
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    MUSICAL INSPIRATION FOR THIS EPISODE ON SPOTIFY:

    "We Belong" by Pat Benatar

     

    ABOUT THIS PODCAST

    Stayin' Alive in Tech is an oral history of Silicon Valley and technology. Melinda Byerley, the host, is a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley and the founder of Timeshare CMO, a digital marketing intelligence firm, based in San Francisco.

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