The Human Show: Innovation through Social Science

The Human Show: Innovation through Social Science
If you want to understand how social scientists study human behaviour, how design specialists innovate or want to know more about how they can successfully work together and enhance each other, then you have come to the right place.
Fumiko Ichikawa, Co-founder, Managing Director at Re:public; from researcher to facilitator of urban innovation
Apr 15 • 41 min
In today’s episode we talk to Fumiko about how a natural disaster in Japan was her catalyst for a career transition from a researcher in the technology space to a facilitator of urban innovation with her own company Re-public.
Capsule Episode: Dr. Stephanie Herold, Fieldwork School in Business Anthropology
Apr 7 • 21 min
In today’s episode we are joined by Dr. Stephanie Herold, Founder - Pockets of Culture and Organizer of the Field School in Business Anthropology happening in Tobago, June 2nd-9th 2019.
Capsule Episode: Dawn Walter, Anthropology + Technology Conference 2019
Apr 2 • 17 min
In today’s episode we are joined by Dawn Walter, Anthropologist and Organizer to discuss the Anthropology + Technology Conference 2019, its current theme and panels on the topic of Championing Socially-Responsible AI.
Laith Ulaby, on moving between academia and business; from knowledge creator to facilitator; from researcher to builder
Mar 25 • 45 min
In today’s episode we talk to Laith about his career and education start in anthropology and his transition from academic to applied research; focusing on the quick wins to build social capital and value to accelerate integration in a business ecosystem.
Manuka Henare: A look into New Zealand anthropology & the concept of technology in Maori Culture
Mar 11 • 42 min
In this episode we talk to Manuka Henare about culture, anthropology & his work within NZ working with the indigenous Maori people & their culture. We talk about technology and how culture should be considered in the design process and also why this…
Greg Bennett - Linguist and Lead User Researcher at Salesforce
Feb 25 • 38 min
In today’s episode, we talk to Greg about chatbots, how they learn right from wrong; how to deal with context and social identity when building them and how to approach bias and training of chat data.
Steve Fadden: Research Lead, Google & Lecturer for UC Berkeley - blended experience in technology & academia; learning, positionality, ethics
Feb 11 • 48 min
In today’s episode we talk to Steve about his blended experience in both the technology sector and the educational field; the individual and collective manners in which people (both consumers and product teams) .
Jan Chipchase: director of international research and design projects, writer, photographer and co-founder of Studio D Radiodurans
Jan 28 • 49 min
We talk to Jan about the concept of risk in fieldwork, misconceptions about risk, responsibility & a few how-to’s on pre-rationalizing risk before embarking on fieldwork. Lastly, he shares his view on time pressure he sees as a great forcer of…
Capsule Episode Conference: Dara Hallinan, Program Director CPDP 2019
Jan 22 • 13 min
In today’s episode we are joined by Dara Hallinan, Program Director to discuss CPDP 2019, its current theme and panels on the topic of Data Protection and Democracy.
Alexis Walker: An anthropologist working in technology and business, developments in technology and peoples relationships to technologies
Jan 14 • 48 min
We talk to Alexis about her experience working for various technology companies and her advice on working in the field of User experience research and design.
Dr. Anupam Das, Linguist and Assistant Professor at IIMK India : on politeness and trolling on social media
Dec 31, 2018 • 56 min
In today’s episode we talk to Anupam an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, (IIMK) Kerala, India, about his experience at the intersection of linguistics and technology; the positive & negative effects of social media usage.
Samantha Rosenthal: An anthropologist in technology & business, developments in technology & people’s relationships to technologies
Dec 25, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode we talk to Samantha about digital anthropology and what it is like to be an anthropologist working in the area of User Experience Research for tech-based companies.
Susan Wardell: A conversation about Holidays, Rituals and Religion
Dec 17, 2018 • 51 min
Today we talk about the holidays, rituals and religion with the amazing Susan Wardell from the University of Otago.
Nazima Kadir: Design Anthropologist, Corporate vs Academia; Anthropologists in Research; Ethics in the applied sector
Dec 10, 2018 • 42 min
Talking to applied anthropologist Nazima Kadir about her work as an applied anthropologists and work in the commercial world vs the academic.
Stine Louring Nielsen, Design Anthropologist: On healing architecture & how to happily swim in the blended waters of anthropology/architecture/design
Dec 3, 2018 • 51 min
We talk to Stine about healing architecture, space, sensorics and home making; the manner in which she reconciled her interests in academia & the applied sector through healing architecture and a partnership with the fields of design & architecture.
Ari Nave: Design Anthropology, User Research, Corporate Culture and Culture Change
Nov 26, 2018 • 41 min
Ari Nave and Design Anthropology, talking about working in the corporate and technology space as a User Experience Researcher.
Kerry Gibson: researching youth suicide & social technology in NZ; technology, stigma and empowerment
Nov 19, 2018 • 51 min
We talk to Kerry Gibson, the Director of the Clinical Psychology Programme, University of Auckland about how youth use social media to engage with the topic of suicide; grief and loss expressed on social media; the role elders and/or family members.
Duncan Hay: The (many) definitions of IoT; security, trust & IoT in public urban spaces - Part 2
Nov 12, 2018 • 26 min
In today’s episode we talk to Duncan about the definition and origin of the IoT (Internet of Things) concept, about Alexa and Amazon Echo and about what makes it difficult for people to understand how it operates data.
Duncan Hay: Survey of London & the White Chapel Initiative; technology, access and urban history - Part 1
Nov 5, 2018 • 47 min
We have split our conversation with Duncan into 2 separate episodes. In today’s episode we talk to Duncan about his work with the Survey of London, the White Chapel Initiative, a technological experiment in the creation and dissemination of urban history.
Susan Wardell: Sociality, anonymity & power dynamics on social media; self-care, mental health & social technology
Oct 29, 2018 • 44 min
In today’s episode we talk to Susan Wardell, a medical/social anthropologist about her experience in the space of mental health research and social media; sociality, anonymity and power dynamics when engaging on Facebook.
Anna Kirah, Design Anthropologist: on transdisciplinarity & building the new; 3 techniques to practice empathy
Oct 22, 2018 • 35 min
We talk to Anna about her career path from anthropology to psychology to design; about transdisciplinarity, what each of these disciplines can give each other & the potential to create together; how she transitioned to design & reclaimed the title of…
Jamer Hunt, Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Initiatives at The New School: how to blend social science with design; interventions & multidisciplinarity
Oct 15, 2018 • 40 min
We talk to Jamer about his career path from anthropology to design; the different perspectives on the definition and scope of an intervention; the ways in which designers & social scientists view the practice of ethnography, participation & co-creation.
Steph Creasy: Talking about research within the New Zealand tech/business sector and working with social scientists
Oct 8, 2018 • 44 min
We talk to Steph Creasy about doing research within the technology industry and what makes a good research team.
Angèle Christin, Assistant Professor, Stanford University: risk assessment tools, algorithms and the US justice system
Oct 1, 2018 • 49 min
We talk to Angèle Christin, Assistant Professor, Stanford University about risk assessment tools, algorithms and the US justice system; anxiety and moral panic about AI algorithms.
Matt May, Head of Inclusive Design, Adobe: inclusive technologies; ethics & trust; privilege & allyship
Sep 24, 2018 • 55 min
In today’s episode we talk to Matt about access, inclusion and exclusion in technology design through the lens of his work in this space. We cover what it is and how to start building inclusive design; how to scale inclusivity at a corporate level; the…
Thomas Malaby: Professor/Chair of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin: inclusive avatars; chance and patterns in games
Sep 17, 2018 • 49 min
We talk to Thomas Malaby, Professor/Chair of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin about Linden Lab and Second Life; inclusive avatars; chance, patterns and open ended-ness in games.
Saswati Saha Mitra, Head of Global Research, Uber: ethics, governance, policy; gender & tech
Sep 10, 2018 • 46 min
We talk to Saswati (Sas) Saha Mitra, Head of Global Research, Uber about research methods and impact; ethics, governance, policy; gender and tech .
Mizuko (Mimi) Ito, University of California, Irvine: youth and digital cultures; access, trust, ethics and privacy
Sep 3, 2018 • 58 min
We talk to Mizuko (Mimi) Ito, University of California, Irvine about youth and digital cultures; access, trust, ethics and privacy; academic & applied anthropology.
Mrudula Sreekanth, Peepal Design India: the value of a (social science) researcher
Aug 27, 2018 • 34 min
We talk to Mrudula Sreekanth about her academic experience in the early days of AI as well as her extensive research experience in the technology space in India.
Ann Hsieh: UX Research Leader, Facebook Groups: exploration & creativity in research
Aug 20, 2018 • 29 min
We talk to Ann about stakeholder management, bias and multiculturalism when researching social groups at Facebook and her experience as the first researcher working on Google Music.
Dr. Henrique Z. M. Parra, Professor Social Sciences, UNIFESP, Brazil
Aug 13, 2018 • 48 min
We talk to Dr. Henrique Z. M. Parra about his interests and projects in the space of data transparency and civic activism in Brazil. We explore legal governance in Brazil and the case for radical democratisation through open data and technology.
Jacquelyn Krones: Principal for Ethics in the AI Perceptions and MR Group, Microsoft
Aug 6, 2018 • 35 min
We talk to Jacquelyn Krones, Principal for Ethics Microsoft about how she works with ethics and AI; how to transition from high level ethical principles to day to day product work; metrics, trust and corporate governance.
Scott Matter: Ethnography and Co-Design in the Media Sector
Jul 30, 2018 • 37 min
We talk to Scott Matter, a sociocultural anthropologist and a Lead product designer in a digital news media company in Australia about ethics and implications of engagement metrics, “fake news”, trust, reputation and co-design.
Matt Bernius: Lead UX Research, Measures for Justice
Jul 23, 2018 • 41 min
We talk to Matt Bernius about his journey from a web designer at Kodak to design anthropologist in the technology space; 3 “how to’s” to transition to the applied sector.
Jessica Outlaw: How to bootstrap your applied research career , AR/VR
Jul 16, 2018 • 23 min
We talk to Jessica about what it’s like to bootstrap your own applied research career and her past and current work with research in VR and the gaming sector.
Sibel Kusimba: Mobile money and how it impacts peoples practices within Kenya
Jul 9, 2018 • 42 min
We talk to Sibel Kusimba about her work in Kenya around mobile money. We talk about how mobile money has changed relationships between people, ethics, developments and much more.
Shriram Venkatraman, IIIT-Delhi: Why We Post Project: social media in India
Jul 2, 2018 • 49 min
We talk to Shriram Venkatraman about Social Media and Culture in India through the lens of his research as part of the Why We Post Project; forming/performing sociality on social media; applied anthropology field in India.
José Manuel dos Santos, Head of Design & User Experience - Americas at Signify: articulating the value of social science to design; working alongside anthropologists
Jun 25, 2018 • 41 min
We talk to José Manuel dos Santos, Head of Design & User Experience - Americas at Signify about insight, good design and organisational silos; articulating the value of social science to design and how it’s like to work alongside anthropologists.
Dr. Grant Jun Otsuki: Intuitive design and robots; service, ethics, class, power dynamics and technology in Japan
Jun 18, 2018 • 56 min
In today’s episode we talk to Grant Jun Otsuki, cultural anthropologist, about interface technology, augmented reality, smart toilets and robots in Japan; respectful service, ethics, class and power dynamics between engineers, technology and consumers.
Kathy Baxter, Research Architect Salesforce: definition of AI and types of intelligence for bots; enculturation and training data; fairness, ethics and research methodologies to build a neutral system; governance, bias and ethics in AI
Jun 11, 2018 • 45 min
In today’s episode we talk to Kathy about chatbots, her work with Einstein ( Salesforce’s AI), ethics and bias. We cover definitions of AI, types of intelligence for bots, and how it compares to humans frames of learning.
Andy Goodman, BCG Digital Ventures: methods and practices on how to move from an insight to good design; the secret sauce of a good researcher; the case for the new design of iPhone 10
Jun 4, 2018 • 49 min
We talk to Andy Goodman, VP Experience Design at BCG Digital Ventures about methods and practices on how to move from an insight to good design; the secret sauce of a good researcher; the case for the new design of iPhone 10
Jamie Sherman, Intel: on how (human life) it’s complicated but it’s also actionable; why (in VR) everybody talks to the robot dog; the value of user hacking in design; what is like to work in business as an anthropologist
May 28, 2018 • 48 min
We talk to Jamie Sherman, an anthropologist and a Senior User Experience Researcher with Intel about objects and sociality in VR; the value of user hacking in design; ethics in developing games and hosting social interaction.
Dan Podjed: Working to grow a vibrant community of applied anthropologists in Europe; (applied) events, projects, symposiums; re-thinking (business) ethnography; barriers and opportunities for the applied sector
May 21, 2018 • 53 min
We talk to Dan Podjed, founder of EASA Applied Anthropology Network and Why the World Needs Anthropologists about his applied anthropology work, projects and various events; barriers and opportunities; tension between academic and applied ethnography.
Stephen Rea and Taylor Nelms: An anthropological conversation about Mobile Money and Financial Technologies
May 14, 2018 • 42 min
We talk to Stephen Rea and Taylor Nelms about mobile money and financial apps, diving into what mobile money is and the structures, relationships and beliefs built around it.
Betsy DiSalvo: More than just play, or the significance of ethnicity, race, gender and sociality in how young people engage with video games, education and technology.
May 7, 2018 • 40 min
We talk to Betsy DiSalvo, an Assistant Professor at the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology about the different ways in which ethnicity, race and gender impact how young people engage with video games and each-other.
Erin B. Taylor: Researching mobile money in Haiti & The Netherlands; the ethics and methods for asking people about money; regulation and financial design
Apr 30, 2018 • 51 min
We talk to Erin B Taylor, about her experience of applying anthropology to research the financial technology sector (like mobile payments), both in Haiti and The Netherlands; the ethics of money and business ethnography.
Amy Sheppard, Xero: What is an insight, how to build great design teams & what she looks for in a researcher role
Apr 23, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode we talk to Amy about her experience working with insights, products and design teams. We talk about what is the right composition of a design team, what she values in a researcher role and how to build & transform products.
Susanna Helen Trnka: The many ways in which people make medical technologies work for them; how to approach building multifaceted medical apps; what’s next for a student of anthropology
Apr 16, 2018 • 38 min
We talk to Susanna Trnka a medical/social anthropologist about ways in which people adopt medical apps or devices into their lives, ethics and regulations around medical technology and much more.
Nimmi Rangaswamy: Stories from India on mobile internet & Facebook use of slum youth; technology as a force for good; the access & (corporate) ethics of technology
Apr 9, 2018 • 49 min
We talk to Nimmi Rangaswamy about technology access in India, how people make mobile and social media technologies their own, the corporate ethics of working with technology; her experience of working in the corporate sector with Microsoft and Xerox.
Kevin Lee: Working with insight across organisational silos and on being human inside a company role
Apr 2, 2018 • 41 min
We talk to Kevin Lee about his experience in working with insights and teams what he values in a researcher role. The value of human-centricity to drive business success & wider human topics like collaboration, humility and empathy.
Crystal Abidin: Influencers, youth online and the intersections of social media and traditional media
Mar 26, 2018 • 35 min
We talk to Crystal about her work on social media, studying the practices of youth and influencers, the intersections between social media and traditional media, and her upcoming book on internet celebrity culture.
Shikha Desai: Microsoft. Learning about Product Design, AI and working with Social Scientists
Mar 18, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode Shikha Desa will be talking to us about her job as a Principal Designer, speaking on how she works with different researchers including social scientists and what makes a good design team. We talk about AI (artificial intelligence), the…
Nick Seaver: Understanding Taste, Algorithms and Context in Music Recommender Systems
Mar 18, 2018 • 49 min
Nick Seaver is a cultural anthropologist who works as an assistant professor at Tufts University. Has recently been studying algorithmic music recommender systems, looking at the relationship between culture, technology and taste.
Sam Ladner: On the emotional bonds we build with Software, Hardware and each other
Mar 18, 2018 • 48 min
Sam Ladner talks about the type of functional & emotional relationships people build with software & devices from Excel to Apple to storage solutions like the Cloud. Also, the changing relationship of the technological product as its life cycle moves from…
Danya Glabau: From patients to users and the fears and hopes of managing ones health
Mar 18, 2018 • 36 min
Danya Glabau is the the founder of Implosion Labs, an ethnography ­driven research & consulting group focused on health & technology. She talks about her research within the food allergy sector, specifically about the Epipen & people’s relationships to it.