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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 Bachelor: here for the wrong reasons
Feb 23 • 23 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.
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?
Pornhub’s content moderation problem
Feb 18 • 22 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.
Why video game actors are fighting to be seen
Feb 16 • 25 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?
Share your location with ICE?
Feb 13 • 21 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.
The teens tricking Instagram
Feb 11 • 22 min
How teenagers have created their own way to preserve their digital privacy…for the ‘gram.
The Iowa Caucus isn’t the only election with an app
Feb 9 • 29 min
And it won’t be the last.
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?
An AI Warned About Coronavirus Before the CDC
Feb 4 • 22 min
How AI could predict the next big outbreak.
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?
Can gaming solve its predator problem?
Jan 30 • 32 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.
A startup, billions of images, and the end of anonymity
Jan 28 • 23 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.
Students are being watched. Closely.
Jan 26 • 19 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.
Kashmir’s internet has been shut down for 5 months
Jan 23 • 21 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.
The internet, from SpaceX
Jan 21 • 26 min
Starlink, a constellation of satellites launched by Space X, has the ambitious goal of bringing internet connectivity to the globe.
The YouTubers are freaked
Jan 19 • 17 min
YouTube is finally being forced to follow a decades-old rule that protects kids’ privacy online. What does this mean for content creators?
Facebook’s fake deepfake problem
Jan 16 • 21 min
The dark origins of deepfake videos and Facebook’s new policy explained.
Mind the Gap
Jan 14 • 22 min
The secret group coordinating Silicon Valley’s political donations.
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.
The other Iranian threat: cyberwarfare
Jan 8 • 21 min
How much should we worry about Iranian hackers?
What California’s new data privacy law means for all of us
Jan 7 • 24 min
The country’s strongest data privacy law just went into effect in California.
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.
10 years of Elon Musk
Jan 2 • 25 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.
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?
WeWork, China, and Silicon Valley activism: this year in tech
Dec 29, 2019 • 30 min
Reset’s end of year tech wrap-up episode, featuring the former Verge superstar, Adrianne Jeffries, and the current executive editor of The Verge, TC Sottek.
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.
Robot priests: the rise of A.I. in religion
Dec 24, 2019 • 23 min
As new technology enters the religious domain, how might artificial intelligence play a role?
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.
Maybe don’t put a Ring on it?
Dec 19, 2019 • 23 min
Amazon’s Ring has some safety issues. How secure are these home security systems?
Genealogists love DNA and so do the police
Dec 17, 2019 • 27 min
The genetic genealogy website used to find the Golden State Killer has been sold to a DNA forensics company.
How can I watch you today?
Dec 15, 2019 • 19 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 realtime.
How safe is Uber?
Dec 12, 2019 • 25 min
Uber released its first-ever safety report. How should we feel about its numbers and what do they tell us about safety and sexual misconduct in the gig economy?
Did An Anti-Sex Trafficking Internet Law Put Even More People At Risk?
Dec 10, 2019 • 21 min
A law called FOSTA-SESTA, and it’s unintended consequences.
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 still competition, concerns over censorship, and a federal investigation.
You Are Being Microtargeted
Dec 5, 2019 • 22 min
Why you should know about microtargeting, and how it works in political advertising
What the truck, Tesla?!
Dec 3, 2019 • 22 min
Is Elon Musk’s Cybertruck the future of electric vehicles?
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?
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
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?
Why Google Has Your Health Records
Nov 19, 2019 • 19 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.
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.
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?
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.
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 technologyACLU Press releaseFacial…
Twitter gets rid of political ads
Nov 5, 2019 • 24 min
The impact of Twitter’s ban on political ads on the platform.
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?
Quantum Supremacy, WTF?
Oct 29, 2019 • 18 min
Google says it’s reached “quantum supremacy.” We break down what that means for computing and why IBM is pushing back
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.
Move Fast and Break Currency
Oct 24, 2019 • 18 min
Facebook wants to start a currency. Congress has questions.
iSurrender
Oct 22, 2019 • 21 min
Apple removed an app from its store that had been used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. Turns out that has broad implications for democracy globally.
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
Google tried to make its Pixel 4 phone better at seeing black faces. Ruha Benjamin explains why the company’s means didn’t justify the ends.
Biohacking: Rules of Engagement
Oct 15, 2019 • 30 min
Biohacker Josiah Zayner is famous for experimenting on himself using the gene editing tool CRISPR. But when such powerful technology exists that can alter human biology, should we also have a code of conduct for biohacking?
Introducing Reset
Oct 7, 2019 • 2 min
Every story is a tech story.