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Every story is a tech story. We live in a world where algorithms drive our interests, scientists are re-engineering our food supply, and a robot may be your next boss. Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything. Produced by Recode and Stitcher, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.


The speed of coronavirus science has consequences
May 26 • 26 min
The pandemic has caused the speed of science to increase dramatically, but that speed has consequences. Featuring Ivan Oransky (@ivanoransky) Links Op-ed: Covering science at dangerous speeds Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of…
Why lo-fi is the perfect background music
May 24 • 38 min
Lo-Fi hip-hop has emerged as a hugely popular genre and internet subculture. Its millions of loyal fans rely on curated lo-fi playlists and live-streams to write to, study to and even fall asleep to. But what of its musical roots? Who are its stars? And…
Until a vaccine arrives
May 21 • 28 min
Why the pandemic’s future is hard to predict, and why the vaccine could take much longer than 12-to-18 months. Featuring: Brian Resnick (@B_Resnick) German Lopez (@germanrlopez) Links to Resources Discussed: The pandemic, chaos, and coming to terms with…
Netflix and quarantine
May 19 • 26 min
Why is Netflix the clear winner of the streaming wars right now? Plus, are we gonna run out of stuff to watch? Featuring: Peter kafka (@pkafka) Links to Resources Discussed: Netflix had the best quarter in its history because of the pandemic Host: Arielle…
Covid-19’s emotional toll on healthcare workers
May 17 • 25 min
The intense decisions clinicians have to make during the pandemic don’t just cause burnout. They cause moral injury. Featuring Jen Schwartz (@JenLSchwartz) Wendy Dean, MD (@WDeanMD) Links to resources discussed: Grief on the Front Line—and Beyond Suicides…
Elon Musk fought the law and Elon won
May 14 • 27 min
Elon Musk isn’t happy about coronavirus closures. Here’s the backstory of how he fought to re-open the Tesla car factory in California and what workers have to say. Featuring: Sean O’Kane (@sokane1) Links to Resources Discussed: Elon Musk defies…
The future of work pt. 2
May 12 • 22 min
Voice-activated coffee makers. One-way hallways. Cubicles! The office will never be the same. Featuring: Rani Molla (@ranimolla) Steven Yates Links to Resources Discussed:…
The future of work pt 1
May 10 • 25 min
Because more people are working from home, employers are increasingly using software that monitors much more than just your hours on the clock. Featuring Adam Satariano (@satariano) Pui-Wing Tam (@puiwingtam) Links to resources discussed:…
Covid-19 puts other medical research on pause
May 7 • 23 min
Science is racing to develop a treatment or vaccine for Covid-19. But other patients have been left behind, and some of them, like three-year-old Maxwell Freed, are running out of time. Featuring Dan Vergano: @Dvergano Amber Freed: @Maxs_Milestones Links…
The preppers of Silicon Valley
May 5 • 28 min
Why the prepping mindset is so prevalent in Silicon Valley. Featuring John Ramey (@jpramey) Nellie Bowles (@NellieBowles) Links to resources discussed: The Prepared https://theprepared.com/ I Used to Make Fun of Silicon Valley Preppers. Then I Became One.…
The small U.S. town that tested everyone
May 3 • 22 min
Bolinas, California: a small town north of San Francisco where a group of tech entrepreneurs and community volunteers tested everyone for coronavirus. Could this model for testing be used elsewhere? Featuring: @Caterina @jyri Links: Caterina.net The…
Working in Space, from home
Apr 30 • 23 min
Why we can’t hit pause on Space exploration during the pandemic, and how people who operate spacecraft are working from home. Featuring Loen Grush (@lorengrush) Links to resources discussed: How engineers are operating deep-space probes, martian rovers,…
The science of digital music and why analog isn’t actually better
Apr 28 • 33 min
Neil Young says digital music recordings are terrible quality. Is he right? Featuring: Robert Owen (https://www.oberlin.edu/robert-owen) @danideahl Links: How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality? Vinyl’s great, but it’s not better than CDs 24/192 Music…
The teens tricking Instagram
Apr 26 • 27 min
How teenagers have created their own way to preserve their digital privacy…for the ‘gram. Featuring @Pr0d1g4 @alfredwkng Links Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram’s tracking algorithm Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead…
How coronavirus is impacting education
Apr 23 • 29 min
Teachers and students are still struggling with online education Links to resources discussed: Students will go back to school eventually. Here are 5 concrete ideas for helping them catch up, readjust Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead…
The 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory
Apr 21 • 32 min
A coronavirus conspiracy theory has led to arson attacks in the UK. And - how to talk to friends and family about coronavirus misinformation. Featuring James Temperton (@JTemperton) Liz Neeley (@LizNeeley) Links to resources discussed: James Temperton’s…
The year 2038 problem
Apr 19 • 30 min
What’s the deal with January 19th, 2038? Why remembering Y2K correctly matters. Featuring Rose Eveleth (@roseveleth) Links to resources discussed: Flash Forward Podcast Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset About Recode by…
Contact Tracing, Explained
Apr 16 • 28 min
Public health’s “tried and true” tactic against infectious disease, and how Google and Apple want to help end the lockdown. Featuring @sxbegle @russellbrandom Links to resources discussed: Answering the 12 biggest questions about Apple and Google’s new…
How indie bookstores might survive the pandemic
Apr 14 • 27 min
There’s a new online bookseller in town that’s trying to save your local indie bookstore. Featuring Andy Hunter (@AndyHunter777) Constance Grady (@constancegrady) Links to resources discussed: Vox Book Club, The City We Became, Week 1: New York City is…
The Internet Has a Crush on Dr. Fauci
Apr 12 • 29 min
From fan pages to food pics, Dr. Anthony Fauci is everywhere. The Verge’s Makena Kelly explains the person behind the meme. Featuring @kellymakena @FauciFan Links to resources discussed: Makena’s Article:…
Will your favorite restaurant survive?
Apr 9 • 22 min
Why the pandemic is exposing the complicated relationship between delivery apps and restaurants and how a restaurateur and app developer is helping keep his industry alive. Featuring Caleb Pershan ( @calaesthetic) Nick Kokonas ( @nickkokonas) Links to…
Your phone knows if you’re staying at home
Apr 7 • 23 min
And it is telling the government. The Verge’s Casey Newton explains how location data is helping fight coronavirus, and why even privacy advocates don’t think that’s such a bad thing. Featuring Casey Newton, Silicon Valley Editor at the Verge…
The two types of tests we need to end this
Apr 5 • 29 min
How testing technology will help end the spread of covid-19. Featuring Una Osato (@thisisuna) Umair Irfan (@umairfan) Links How Covid-19 immunity testing can help people get back to work FDA authorizes first antibody-based test for COVID-19 12 things…
The race to make more ventilators
Apr 2 • 26 min
Why life-saving ventilators for Covid-19 patients are in short supply, and how people like Dr. Richard Boyer are trying to fix that. Featuring @SaraMorrison Links to resources discussed: Trump isn’t making America’s ventilator shortage any easier The…
There’s no social distancing in Animal Crossing
Mar 31 • 24 min
Nintendo’s new game New Horizons has become a place to escape the reality of a global pandemic, gather with friends online - and even get married. Featuring Allegra Frank (@legsfrank) Sharmin Asha & Nazmul Ahmed Links to resources discussed: Allegra’s…
Airborne, Explained
Mar 29 • 29 min
What do we mean when we say “airborne?”; plus, the most important unanswered questions about how coronavirus is transmitted. FEATURING Roxanne Khamsi @rkhamsi Brian Resnick @B_resnick LINKS They Say Coronavirus Isn’t Airborne—but It’s Definitely Borne By…
What this coronavirus does to your body
Mar 26 • 24 min
Why does it spread so easily? And could it mutate into something worse? The Atlantic’s Ed Yong explains the science so far. Featuring @edyong209 Links to resources discussed: vox.com/coronavirus Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful Host: Arielle…
Is Amazon primed for coronavirus?
Mar 24 • 25 min
How the tech giant is responding to the pandemic, and what it says about Amazon as a company. FEATURING Jason Del Rey @DelRey LINKS Amazon reopened a NYC warehouse a day after a worker tested positive for coronavirus Amazon is banning its warehouses from…
The biggest experiment in online learning, ever
Mar 22 • 25 min
COVID-19 has shut schools all over the country, and millions of American students are now learning at home, online. Are online tools enough to make up for lost classroom time? Links to resources discussed:…
How quickly can we treat covid-19?
Mar 19 • 29 min
The scientific community is moving at unprecedented speed to develop a way to treat COVID-19. But how soon can a treatment or a vaccine be available to the public? Featuring @mslopatto Links to resources discussed:…
When your phone links you to a crime
Mar 17 • 29 min
How law enforcement used a “geofence” warrant to identify a suspect of a crime he didn’t commit. Featuring Jon Schuppe (@jonschuppe) Links Google tracked his bike ride past a burglarized home. That made him a suspect. Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs),…
Fitbit for the faithful
Mar 15 • 22 min
The ‘Click to Pray eRosary’ is a new wearable device from the Vatican. It tracks people’s steps, calories — and prayers. But can it bring young Catholics closer to the faith? LINKS “Click to Pray eRosary” – wearable smart device to pray the rosary for…
Is our tech made by forced labor in China?
Mar 12 • 26 min
Forced labor performed by Uighur Muslims in China may be in the tech products we use every day. Featuring Darren Byler @dtbyler Rushan Abbas @rushan614 Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian @BethanyAllenEbr Links The report: https://www.aspi.org.au/report/uyghurs-sale…
Does stopping coronavirus require more surveillance?
Mar 10 • 24 min
The cost of China’s high-tech response to contain the coronavirus. Featuring Rebecca Heilweil @rebeccaheilweil Timothy Grose @GroseTimothy Links Coronavirus is the first big test for futuristic tech that can prevent pandemics A surveillance net blankets…
How sample libraries are changing pop music
Mar 8 • 27 min
Justin Bieber and two other artists used the same synth melody in three different songs. Switched On Pop’s Charlie Harding explains how that’s increasingly common in an industry where copyright has become so stringent. Featuring @charlieharding Links to…
The coronavirus rumor mill
Mar 5 • 28 min
Can we stop the spread of coronavirus misinformation on social media? FEATURING Eater’s Matthew Kang @mattatouille The Verge’s Russell Brandom @russellbrandom LINKS Coronavirus Scare Rips Through LA’s Koreatown Amid False Social Media Rumors Trump’s…
Political Ads are on streaming apps now too
Mar 3 • 22 min
Streaming services like Hulu and Roku are the newest platforms for political ads. WaPo’s Tony Romm explains why regulation still hasn’t caught up. Featuring @TonyRomm Links to resources discussed:…
This is your brain on TikTok
Mar 1 • 28 min
How the app can turn teens into Internet stars and just as quickly forget them. Featuring Maia @mxmtoon Rebecca Jennings @rebexxxxa Links to resources discussed: Tikked off: What happens when TikTok fame fades On TikTok, who owns a viral dance? Host:…
2020’s political meme wars
Feb 27 • 20 min
The New York Times’ Taylor Lorenz explains Mike Bloomberg’s Dank Meme Cash. Featuring @TaylorLorenz Links to resources discussed: Michael Bloomberg’s Campaign Suddenly Drops Memes Everywhere Host: Allegra Frank, associate culture editor at Vox.com…
What’s next for CRISPR
Feb 25 • 27 min
Jennifer Doudna, co-developer of the revolutionary gene editing technology, reflects on CRISPR’s past and its future. Links to resources discussed: @igisci (Innovative Genomics Institute) A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the…
The Bachelor: here for the wrong reasons
Feb 23 • 26 min
Is it better to have loved and influenced than never to have loved at all? Emma Gray, co-host of HuffPost’s Here to Make Friends podcast, explains how social media has reshaped the Bachelor. Featured Guests @emmaladyrose LINKS: If you’ve already listened…
Bezos’ $10 billion climate change pledge
Feb 20 • 22 min
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, is donating $10 billion to stop climate change. But is this the best way to spend his money if he wants to tackle climate change? FEATURING @teddyschleifer @SigalSamuel LINKS Jeff Bezos donates $10 billion to fight…
Pornhub’s content moderation problem
Feb 18 • 24 min
A company called GirlsDoPorn uploaded videos to Pornhub and other sites without the consent of the women in them. VICE’s Samantha Cole explains why these videos are still all over the internet. Featuring @samleecole Links to resources discussed: Samantha…
Why video game actors are fighting to be seen
Feb 16 • 26 min
How does a video game character get made? And how can the gaming industry improve its standards for the real humans behind its virtual characters? FEATURING Jessica Jefferies (@jessicajcasting) Allegra Frank (@LegsFrank) LINKS The hidden world and…
Share your location with ICE?
Feb 13 • 23 min
Private companies have long used your phone’s location data for advertising. Now we know the federal government is using it to enforce the border. Featuring @ByronTau @shiringhaffary Links to resources discussed: Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location…
The teens tricking Instagram
Feb 11 • 22 min
How teenagers have created their own way to preserve their digital privacy…for the ‘gram. Featuring @Pr0d1g4 @alfredwkng Links Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram’s tracking algorithm Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead…
The Iowa Caucus isn’t the only election with an app
Feb 9 • 30 min
And it won’t be the last. Featuring @MilesParks Links to resources discussed: Technical Reporting Issue Delays Results From Iowa Caucuses Iowa Democrats Will Use A Smartphone App At Caucuses, Despite Cybersecurity Concerns Exclusive: Seattle-Area Voters…
Charlie bit my finger, now pay me!
Feb 6 • 22 min
Google disclosed how much money YouTube makes in ads for the first time. How are its content creators feeling? Featuring @pkafka @loudmouthjulia Links YouTube makes $15 billion a year from ads — and pays more than half of that to video makers Creators…
An AI Warned About Coronavirus Before the CDC
Feb 4 • 22 min
How AI could predict the next big outbreak. Links to resources discussed: An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus How AI is battling the coronavirus outbreak Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset About…
A better approach to medical records?
Feb 2 • 20 min
Taiwan’s system of electronic medical records lets them track diseases as they spread and makes healthcare more convenient for patients. So why isn’t the US system of medical records like this? Featured Guests @dylanscott LINKS: Listen to The Impact to…
Can gaming solve its predator problem?
Jan 30 • 34 min
The widespread problem of child predation and sexual abuse through online video games is a difficult issue to talk about, let alone fix. But there are some ways to take action to stop it. Featuring @NellieBowles @WillOremus Links Video Games and Online…
A startup, billions of images, and the end of anonymity
Jan 28 • 25 min
Clearview AI says its facial recognition tool works with almost 100% accuracy. Buzzfeed’s Ryan Mac explains how not all the company’s claims withstand scrutiny. Featuring: @RMac18 Links to resources discussed: Clearview AI Says Its Facial Recognition…
Students are being watched. Closely.
Jan 26 • 21 min
As mass shootings at US schools increase in frequency, school administrators across the US are turning to artificially intelligent surveillance tools in an attempt to beef up school safety. Featured Guests @rebeccaheilweil LINKS: New surveillance AI can…
Kashmir’s internet has been shut down for 5 months
Jan 23 • 22 min
The Indian government shut the internet down in Kashmir in August last year: what this means for Kashmiris living without the internet - and what it says about the world’s largest democracy. Featuring @PranavDixit @mmehraj Links Kashmiris Are Disappearing…
The internet, from SpaceX
Jan 21 • 28 min
Starlink, a constellation of satellites launched by SpaceX, has the ambitious goal of bringing internet connectivity to the globe. Featuring @lorengrush Links to resources discussed: SPACEX CONTINUES TO BLAST SATELLITES INTO ORBIT AS THE SPACE COMMUNITY…
The YouTubers are freaked
Jan 19 • 19 min
YouTube is finally being forced to follow a decades-old rule that protects kids’ privacy online. What does this mean for content creators? Featured Guests @kellymakena LINKS: Makena Kelly’s done a lot of COPPA coverage. Here’s her article from the…
Facebook’s fake deepfake problem
Jan 16 • 23 min
The dark origins of deepfake videos and Facebook’s new policy explained. Featuring: @kellymakena @samleecole Links to resources discussed: Facebook’s deepfake ban isn’t winning over critics…
Mind the Gap
Jan 14 • 23 min
The secretive group coordinating Silicon Valley’s political donations. Featuring @teddyschleifer Links to resources discussed: https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/1/6/21046631/mind-the-gap-silicon-valley-democratic-donors-stanford Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross…
The legal battle over who counts as an employee
Jan 12 • 21 min
California’s landmark new gig work law, AB5, explained. And, the broader trend of states stepping in to regulate tech companies. Featuring Carolyn Said: @CSaid Margaret Harding McGill: @margarethmcgill Links to resources discussed: Gig workers’ win in…
The other Iranian threat: cyberwarfare
Jan 8 • 23 min
How much should we worry about Iranian hackers? Featuring: Wired’s Andy Greenberg: @a_greenberg Links to resources discussed: How Iran’s Hackers Might Strike Back After Soleimani’s Assassination The US is worried about Iran retaliating with a cyberattack…
What California’s new data privacy law means for all of us
Jan 7 • 25 min
The country’s strongest data privacy law just went into effect in California. Featuring @SaraMorrison @caprivacyorg Links to resources discussed: California’s new privacy law, explained The Unlikely Activists Who Took on Silicon Valley—and Won…
Start calling scientists - how to get a treatment for your toddler’s rare disease
Jan 5 • 27 min
The story of a mother’s race against time to find a genetic treatment for her son, and the technology that’s helping her do it - CRISPR mice from China. Correction - January 8th, 2020: An earlier version of this podcast episode stated that the gene…
10 years of Elon Musk
Jan 2 • 26 min
Elon Musk: a look at the tech billionaire who wants to start a colony on Mars, build a machine to control computers with just your brain, and who thinks we probably live in a simulation. Featuring Liz Lopatto: @mslopatto Links to resources discussed: This…
Can Artificial Intelligence teach you to write better?
Dec 31, 2019 • 23 min
Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But can an algorithm really know how to write? If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Reset for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite…
WeWork, China, and Silicon Valley activism: this year in tech
Dec 29, 2019 • 31 min
Reset’s end-of-year tech episode, featuring Adrianne Jeffries from The Markup, and executive editor of The Verge, TC Sottek. Featuring @SeriousStoic @adrjeffries Links to resources discussed: Underunderstood podcast TC Sottek at The Verge Host: Arielle…
Quantum Supremacy, WTF?
Dec 26, 2019 • 19 min
Google says it’s reached “quantum supremacy.” We break down what that means for computing and why IBM is pushing back. Featuring: @KSHartnett Quantum Supremacy Is Coming: Here’s What You Should Know Google and IBM Clash Over Milestone Quantum Computing…
Robot priests: the rise of A.I. in religion
Dec 24, 2019 • 25 min
As new technology enters the religious domain, how might artificial intelligence play a role? Vox.com’s Sigal Samuel guest-hosts this episode of Reset. Featuring: @SigalSamuel Links: Robot priests can bless you, advise you, and even perform your funeral…
When Big Tech calls 911
Dec 22, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode, two stories on one theme: how tech companies interact with communities they’re located in, and their impact on emergency services. Featuring Anjeanette Damon Sarah Emerson Links to resources discussed: West World: Anjeanette Damon’s…
Maybe don’t put a Ring on it?
Dec 19, 2019 • 25 min
Amazon’s Ring has some safety issues. How secure are these home security systems? Featured Guests @Jessica_Holley @ranimolla LINKS: Family says hackers accessed a Ring camera in their 8-year-old daughter’s room How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance…
Genealogists love DNA and so do the police
Dec 17, 2019 • 28 min
The genetic genealogy website used to find the Golden State Killer has been sold to a DNA forensics company. Featuring: @MeganMolteni Peter Aldhous Links: 10 Years Ago, DNA Tests Were The Future Of Medicine. Now They’re A Social Network — And A Data…
How can I watch you today?
Dec 15, 2019 • 21 min
When we shop online, we tend to think of it as a solitary experience free of sales associates and watchful eyes. But it turns out, some companies can see every move you make in their online stores, in real time. Featuring Jessica Testa: @jtes Hadar Paz:…
How safe is Uber?
Dec 12, 2019 • 28 min
Uber released its first-ever safety report. How should we think about its numbers and what do they tell us about safety and sexual misconduct in the gig economy? GUESTS: @kateconger @AJRavenelleNYC LINKS: Uber Says 3,045 Sexual Assaults Were Reported in…
Did An Anti-Sex Trafficking Internet Law Put Even More People At Risk?
Dec 10, 2019 • 22 min
A law called FOSTA-SESTA, and its unintended consequences. Featuring Aja Romano Rep. Ro Khanna Links to resources discussed: RO KHANNA HOPES THIS BILL WILL PAVE THE WAY TO REPEALING FOSTA The LGBTQ rights issue 2020 Democrats still aren’t talking about…
Don’t curl your lashes and talk about Uighurs on TikTok
Dec 8, 2019 • 18 min
TikTok, the video sharing app that has taken the tweens and 2019 by storm, is now facing stiff competition, concerns over censorship, and a federal investigation. From our friends at Today, Explained.
You Are Being Microtargeted
Dec 5, 2019 • 24 min
Why you should know about microtargeting, and how it works in political advertising. Featuring: @EmilyStewartM @davidkgoldstein Links to resources discussed: Why everybody is freaking out about political ads on Facebook and Google Campaigns Say Google Ad…
What the truck, Tesla?!
Dec 3, 2019 • 24 min
Is Elon Musk’s Cybertruck the future of electric vehicles? Featuring: Sean O’Kane - @sokane1 David Ferris - @DavidFerris Links to resources discussed: Tesla Cybertruck first ride: inside the electric pickup What we learned on the Electric Road Trip Host:…
The tech behind ankle monitors
Dec 1, 2019 • 25 min
Electronic monitoring, often in the form of ankle bands, is on the rise within the criminal justice system—it’s viewed by some as a simple alternative to incarceration, but what impact does this tech really have on people’s lives? Featuring: @shubhabala…
Sharenting: how much should you share about your kids online?
Nov 26, 2019 • 23 min
What’s at risk when we share photos, videos or other kid content on social media? Arielle talks with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway about when and how they share their personal family life online. Plus, Leah Plunkett, author of a new book on the subject…
Amazon’s Middlewomen
Nov 24, 2019 • 21 min
Why so many Amazon packages take a pitstop in the small town of Roundup, Montana. Featuring Josh Dzieza - @joshdzieza Jason Del Rey - @DelRey Links to resources discussed: The everything town in the middle of nowhere Land of the Giants: The Rise of Amazon…
Yes, a government can shut down the internet
Nov 21, 2019 • 22 min
Iran’s government shut down the internet, after widespread protests over the cost of fuel - how is that possible, and what does that mean for its people? Links to resources discussed: How the Iranian government shut off the internet Internet disrupted in…
Why Google Has Your Health Records
Nov 19, 2019 • 20 min
Google has partnered with one of America’s large hospital networks and gained access to millions of health records. CNBC’s Christina Farr explains what it’s doing with them. Links to resources discussed: Google’s hospital data-sharing deal raises privacy…
The Birds and the Bees … and the bot
Nov 17, 2019 • 25 min
A sex education chat bot answers questions from teens about sex and puberty. Links to resources discussed: Ask Roo Advocates for Youth Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset About Recode by Vox: Recode by Vox helps you…
The Airbnb Scam
Nov 14, 2019 • 19 min
An Airbnb scam exposed, and why Silicon Valley’s culture of growth-at-all-costs means safeguards are an afterthought. Links to resources discussed: I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb Brian Chesky on the Recode Decode podcast Super Pumped…
Thank you, Text
Nov 12, 2019 • 25 min
SMS texting is a mess, but it still matters - so what’s the fix? Featuring: Blair Hickman @amandablair Dieter Bohn @backlon Links to resources discussed: SMS provider said 168,000 Valentine’s texts were delayed — now it says the number is higher AT&T,…
Can tech save California from wildfires?
Nov 10, 2019 • 20 min
As climate change makes fires more intense, one solution is to put the forest under surveillance. Links to resources discussed: THE 1910 FIRES MarinaMarina Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset About Recode by Vox: Recode by…
The government has your face
Nov 7, 2019 • 22 min
The U.S. government won’t release information about how it’s using facial recognition technology — so the ACLU is suing. Links to resources discussed: Electronic Frontier Foundation report on Facial Recognition technology ACLU Press release Facial…
Twitter gets rid of political ads
Nov 5, 2019 • 24 min
The impact of Twitter’s ban on political ads on the platform. Links Jack Dorsey’s Announcement on Twitter Was That the Best Subtweet Ever? “Daisy” Ad (1964) Guests: @karaswisher @zachbeauchamp Host: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of…
If the shoe fits … ban it?
Nov 2, 2019 • 24 min
Eliud Kipchoge made history when he ran 26.22 miles in under 2 hours - a record breaking ‘sub-two’ run. He ran in Nike Vaporflies, a high-tech shoe that’s helping runners break records, and causing debate over its use in races. Links Alex Hutchinson’s…
The Google walkout, one year later
Oct 31, 2019 • 24 min
A year ago, a reported 20,000 Google employees walked off the job in protest. Has employee activism changed one of the biggest companies in tech? Links to resources discussed: Google CEO, in leaked video, says company is ‘genuinely struggling’ with…
Quantum Supremacy, WTF?
Oct 29, 2019 • 19 min
Google says it’s reached “quantum supremacy.” We break down what that means for computing and why IBM is pushing back. Featuring: @KSHartnett Quantum Supremacy Is Coming: Here’s What You Should Know Google and IBM Clash Over Milestone Quantum Computing…
Inside Instagram’s Nipple Ban
Oct 27, 2019 • 25 min
Instagram censors almost all photographs of female nipples on its platform. The impact of this policy is much larger than you might think, affecting both art and identity. Featuring: @raindovemodel @caseynewton @twofacedkitten @micolhebron Hosts: Arielle…
Move Fast and Break Currency
Oct 24, 2019 • 18 min
Facebook wants to start a currency. Congress has questions. Featuring: @KatharinaPistor @dseetharaman Hosts: Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset About Recode by Vox: Recode by Vox helps you understand how tech is changing the…
iSurrender
Oct 22, 2019 • 21 min
Apple removed an app that had been used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. Turns out that has broad implications for democracy globally. Links to resources discussed: Apple bowed to China by removing a Hong Kong protest map from its app store…
Can AI Teach You To Write Better?
Oct 20, 2019 • 22 min
Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write? If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Reset for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite…
Hey Google: scan my race
Oct 17, 2019 • 18 min
This week, Google announced its new Pixel 4 phone. One of the features it touted was Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock the phone. But the advancement came with a price - for black people. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Reset…
Biohacking: Rules of Engagement
Oct 15, 2019 • 30 min
Josiah Zayner is a biohacker who’s famous for, among other things, injecting himself with the gene-editing tool CRISPR. At a time when the technology exists for us to change, or hack, our own DNA, what are the ethics of experimenting on ourselves, and…
Introducing Reset
Oct 7, 2019 • 2 min
Every story is a tech story. We live in a world where algorithms drive our interests, scientists are re-engineering our food supply, and a robot may be your next boss. Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything. Tuesdays,…