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The Adam Morgan Show is a weekly podcast featuring Adam Morgan, a software engineer, with commentary on current events, politics, and its influence on tech.
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Feb 21, 2018

Video games are just another form of entertainment yet they’re often thought of as a waste of time. I share some research that shows its a more beneficial form of entertainment due to its engagement unlike passive forms such as watching TV. Digital nomads are more common than ever and I believe they may be the catalyst towards competing governments.

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Stride API - https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/20/stride-atlassians-slack-competitor-opens-its-api-to-all-developers/

Kids and Video Games - http://education.penelopetrunk.com/2013/04/11/kids-who-play-video-games-do-better-as-adults/

Digital nomads are hiring and firing their governments: https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/17/digital-nomads-are-hiring-and-firing-their-governments/

Feb 14, 2018

Uber is under fire yet again due to a pay disparity between male and female drivers. The pay is determined by a gender blind algorithm. I share some details as to why this pay disparity exists and the paradox that exists for progressives.

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Quartz Tracy Chou: https://work.qz.com/1175679/software-engineer-tracy-chous-mission-to-diversify-silicon-valley/

Uber May Be Paying Women Less for Driving Better: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-02-12/uber-may-be-paying-women-less-for-driving-better

NEW VIDEO - How to Determine the Politics/Values of a Company: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Dth-YLXE4

Feb 7, 2018

Deepfakes is the newest, Black Mirror-ish technology to emerge that allows anyone to create fake pornographic films at home using consumer level computers. How do we address fake videos such as these and what does the future of fake videos look like going forward?

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Can You Still Date a Co-Worker? Well, It’s Complicated: https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-you-still-date-a-co-worker-well-its-complicated-1517913001

Diversity and Inclusion panels: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/961075482019102720

NEW VIDEO - Market Failure in Sports: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NEAoq1wXmg

Jan 31, 2018

Diversity advocates within Google are starting to see an internal backlash to their efforts towards racial and gender diversity. I share details about some of the harassment that’s being reported. MSNBC held a town hall discussion with the CEOs of Google and YouTube. I address the segment on diversity within tech and how D&I is a never-ending battle even if some of the answers given by Sundar are Susan are efforts proposed by D&I advocates themselves.

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THE DIRTY WAR OVER DIVERSITY INSIDE GOOGLE: https://www.wired.com/story/the-dirty-war-over-diversity-inside-google/

Mashable on MSNBC Town Hall: https://mashable.com/2018/01/29/google-youtube-women-in-tech-diversity-town-hall.amp?__twitter_impression=true

NEW VIDEO - “Uber’s Diversity Dilemma”: https://youtu.be/n9gu8H41NLE

Jan 24, 2018

Salesforce CEO says Facebook, like cigarettes, is addictive and should be regulated accordingly. I share my perspective on this potential regulation and its parallels to net neutrality borrowing from my own experiences as someone who’s scaled back their own social media use. Uber recently hired its first ever Chief of Diversity putting the company in a bizarre situation regarding the oppression olympics.

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Salesforce CEO and Facebook regulation: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/01/23/facebook-addictive-and-should-regulated-like-cigarette-company-salesforce-ceo/1059920001/

Google doesn’t regret firing Damore: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/19/google-ceo-i-dont-regret-firing-james-damore/

Uber hires Chief of Diversity: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/23/uber-has-hired-a-chief-diversity-officer/

Jan 17, 2018

Vanity Fair recently published a piece about sex parties in Silicon Valley. I share my thoughts on the piece including some public accounts of people who were actually there with conflicting stories about what exactly went down at the party. I also address the latest #MeToo story on Aziz Ansari and how many issues today seem to be related to a lack of communication. Project Veritas has released more videos related to Twitter. I cover the claims they’re making as well as a few reasons to be skeptical.

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Hawaii UI: https://i.redd.it/6tfz9yudhea01.jpg

Vanity Fair Silicon Valley Sex Party: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/01/brotopia-silicon-valley-secretive-orgiastic-inner-sanctum

Aziz Ansari: https://babe.net/2018/01/13/aziz-ansari-28355

Project Veritas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64gTjdUrDFQ&feature=youtu.be, https://www.projectveritas.com/video/undercover-video-hundreds-of-twitter-employees-paid-to-view-everything-you-post-private-sex-messages/

Are Technica Response to Project Veritas: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/activist-says-twitter-shadow-bans-conservatives-dont-believe-it/

LATEST VIDEO - “Sex Parties in Silicon Valley”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kUQuSpZjHw

Jan 10, 2018

After my coverage of Quinn Norton’s blog post “Robert Scoble and Me”, she backed up my claim that we should be open to questioning certain people’s judgement with a bizarre analogy she sent to me via Twitter. The Google Memo author James Damore has filed a class action lawsuit against Google. I address some of the contents in the lawsuit which show the nightmare it must be working at Google.

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Quinn Norton murder suicide comparison: https://web.archive.org/web/20180107182212/https:/twitter.com/quinnnorton/status/950056948120145923

Gizmodo Google lawsuit: https://gizmodo.com/anti-diversity-memo-author-sues-google-for-alleged-disc-1821880497

Damore class action lawsuit: https://www.scribd.com/document/368688363/James-Damore-vs-Google-Class-Action-Lawsuit

How to punch Nazis: https://html2-f.scribdassets.com/8okqb77u9s67xkdr/images/116-3becf3c1a0.jpg

Project Veritas - Twitter’s Senior Network Security Engineer: https://www.projectveritas.com/2018/01/09/undercover-video-sr-network-security-engineer-reveals-twitter-ready-to-give-trumps-private-dms-to-doj/

LATEST VIDEO - “WIRED: How to Buck the Brogrammer Culture”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jICIM7LKYbA

Jan 3, 2018

Today I clarify a point I made last week related to an IDE and my suspicions that it was being sold to colleges. My suspicions were slightly off but I provide public proof about its funding and an analysis on market competition. Axios published a list of men who have been accused of sexual misconduct and I discuss the men in tech who have been listed.

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JGrasp Funding: https://eng.auburn.edu/news/2009/09/jgrasp-nsf.html

Axios Sexual Misconduct: https://www.axios.com/what-to-know-about-all-of-the-men-facing-sexual-misconduct-allegations-2519204171.html

Robert Scoble and Me: https://medium.com/@quinnnorton/robert-scoble-and-me-9b14ee92fffb

TechBro Sensitivity tweet: https://twitter.com/tiffani/status/946427814533885952

My Beef with /r/Hapas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeYD7bDjT7E

Dec 27, 2017

Prior to Coinbase announcing Bitcoin Cash on their own platform, the price of BCH increased on other exchanges leading many people to believe employees within Coinbase were exploiting their position to their advantage. I share my thoughts on likelihood of insider trading, what it means for cryptocurrencies and crypto markets, and why reputation matters more than ever.

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BBC Coinbase: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42425857

Coinbase “Our employee trading policy at Coinbase”: https://blog.coinbase.com/our-employee-trading-policy-at-coinbase-1d4e860b7837

Coinbase roadmap: https://twitter.com/Andrea_Dispe/status/943330470552485888

TechCrunch on Mattermark selling to FullContact: https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/21/mattermark-to-shut-down-after-selling-to-full-contact/

Dec 20, 2017

Sam Altman, President of YCombinator, wrote a blog post about the current climate in San Francisco that doesn’t allow the discussion of controversial ideas. His blog post and his examples were ironically enough met with outrage. I share my thoughts on how his blog post was misinterpreted, almost intentionally so, and give my own list of 15 controversial ideas I believe to be true or could be true that would be met with large amounts of hostility.

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Sam’s “E Pur Si Move”: http://blog.samaltman.com/e-pur-si-muove

Sam’s “A Clarification”: http://blog.samaltman.com/a-clarification

Anil Tweets: https://twitter.com/anildash/status/941431222739357696

What People Think You Can’t Say in Silicon Valley: https://medium.com/@jasoncrawford/what-people-think-you-cant-say-in-silicon-valley-a6d04f632a00

NEW VIDEO - Teaching Yourself Anything Is the Most Valuable Skill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIBmXLjVgp0

Dec 13, 2017

The bullying video featuring Keaton went viral but public schools continue to have a zero tolerance policy on violence even if it’s in self defense. I share a personal story from elementary school when my teacher defied the school’s decision to punish me for defending myself against another student. Silicon Valley has the highest median income in the nation but homelessness is as prevalent as ever. I discuss how the government ends up hurting the poor the most with the same regulations and legislation that are put in place to help them.

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Twitter’s Updated Rules: https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/twitter-rules

Bullying Tweet: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/940411512698691584

Silicon Valley’s Working Homeless: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-07/silicon-valleys-working-homeless-shows-how-hard-life-democrats-paradise

FEE on Government Created Poverty: https://fee.org/articles/scratching-by-how-government-creates-poverty-as-we-know-it/

NEW VIDEO - The Gay Wedding Cake Shouldn't Be About Religious Freedom: https://youtu.be/k5e_wowIKfQ

Dec 6, 2017

If funding rounds are any sign, it looks as if the tech bubble is finally starting to burst. I share my thoughts on investors and how their behavior is perfectly normal even if the effects are drastic. Bitcoin has again reached all time highs and the government is coming for them. I give details on much could you owe and the historical precedents for monetary confiscation. In one of CNN’s latest pieces, Divided We Code, they address conservatives hiding in within tech and I ask the most important question on my mind lately: what is your political breaking point?

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Tech Bubble Burst: https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/30/theres-an-implosion-of-early-stage-vc-funding-and-no-ones-talking-about-it/

IRS and Coinbase: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-02/government-coming-your-bitcoin

CNN, Conservatives in Tech: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/938044393457618944

Google employee poll: http://www.businessinsider.com/many-google-employees-dont-think-james-damore-should-have-been-fired-2017-8

How I Became a Software Developer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6Egm0bIP7k

Nov 29, 2017

While promoting his latest film, Denzel Washington addresses racial disparities in America with some hard truths that few are willing to talk about. Net neutrality is back again and I give my perspective on the issue and how regulation helps the big players stay in business reducing competition from new, smaller businesses who could help increase competition and lower prices.

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Denzel Washington is Making Sense: https://www.wsj.com/articles/denzel-washington-is-making-sense-1511914256

Goodbye Net Neutrality; Hello Competition: https://fee.org/articles/goodbye-net-neutrality-hello-competition/

This City Hall, brought to you by Amazon: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/this-city-hall-brought-to-you-by-amazon/

Nov 22, 2017

After 20 years with the company, Apple’s black VP of Inclusion and Diversity has “departed” shortly after statements about diversity among white people. Twitter’s newest set of rules regarding hate speech go into effect in December and I share a bizarre discovery related to their upcoming cookie policy. A former Victoria Secret model is pursuing a non-profit education initiative in tech and some women in the industry aren’t happy.

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Apple VP of Inclusion and Diversity: https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16667510/apple-diversity-chief-leaving-after-less-than-a-year

Twitter and Hate Speech: http://mashable.com/2017/11/17/twitter-hate-speech-symbols-december-18/#wJNUhkYuUOqj

Catfights in tech: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/931214711223439360

Dorks Are Everywhere!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L2LwdJGZXE

Nov 15, 2017

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. In an attempt to increase relevant skills amongst our youth, The Guardian believes the push to teach kids to code is really all about lowering wages. I also share my thoughts on the now infamous NYT article, “Can My Children Be Friends With White People?”

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Tech's push to teach coding isn't about kids' success – it's about cutting wages: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/21/coding-education-teaching-silicon-valley-wages

Can My Children Be Friends With White People?: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/opinion/sunday/interracial-friendship-donald-trump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

Nov 8, 2017

Over the past week, Twitter managed to suspend Donald Trump’s account and admit to censoring #DNCLeak during the 2016 election. The politics of Silicon Valley gets even more confusing with a recent article detailing the amount of money fueled in from Saudi Arabia - far from a political ideal for Bay Area liberals.

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Trump suspended from Twitter: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/technology/trump-twitter-deleted.html

Twitter hashtag censorship: https://lawnewz.com/high-profile/twitters-general-counsel-brags-about-hiding-tweets-with-dncleak-and-podestaemails-hashtags/

Saudi Money Fuels the Tech Industry. It’s Time to Ask Why: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/07/new-york-times-digital-state-of-the-art-saudi-money-fuels-the-tech-industry-itas-time-to-ask-why.html?__source=twitter%7Cmain

Snap Inc. Q3: https://investor.snap.com/news-releases/2017/11-07-2017-211621749

Why I cancelled my ReactiveConf talk: https://medium.com/@peggyrayzis/why-i-cancelled-my-reactiveconf-talk-3a463bf14bd8

In Defense of ReactiveConf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7zDLFZS04

Nov 1, 2017

This week, Congress asks Big Tech about Russia’s level of influence in the 2016 election. I argue this is a case of Congress blaming the bearer of fake news.

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Three Engineers Allege Uber Underpaid Women and Minorities: https://www.wsj.com/articles/three-engineers-allege-uber-underpaid-women-and-minorities-1508973271

Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the power of Big Tech?: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/31/coders-of-the-world-unite-can-silicon-valley-workers-curb-the-power-of-big-tech#img-2

Congress asks tech to face hard truths about Russian meddling: https://www.wired.com/story/congress-asks-tech-to-face-hard-truths-about-russian-meddling/?mbid=social_twitter

Senators Press Facebook Over Russian Misinformation Campaign: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/us/politics/russia-technology-facebook.html?_r=0

Oct 25, 2017

Asians are the invisible minority in America and especially within tech. I share a few examples showing why I’m so skeptical of diversity that continues to ignore a minority group that does well in America.

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Ross and Pingpad: https://blog.pingpad.net/what-happened-5675fd00e744

How do I get my daughter interested in computers?: https://elaineou.com/2017/09/26/how-do-i-get-my-daughter-interested-in-computers/

Project Include’s team: http://projectinclude.org/team/

Project Include founding advisor on Asians not being POC: https://twitter.com/triketora/status/922979654801162247

Arthur Sakamoto: https://heterodoxacademy.org/2017/10/10/arthur-sakamoto-on-paradigms-in-sociology-half-hour-of-heterodoxy-14/

Oct 18, 2017

Harvey Weinsteins aren’t only in Hollywood, they’re in tech too. But what is our standard of wrongdoing and is the standard in tech realistic?

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TechCrunch Apple Diversity: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/13/apple-diversity-head-denise-young-smith-apologizes-for-controversial-choice-of-words-at-summit/

Ben Shapiro’s “#MeToo Is Bound To Fail, Unless Victims Name Names And Society Sets Standards”: http://www.dailywire.com/news/22376/metoo-bound-fail-unless-victims-name-names-and-ben-shapiro#

Pingpad CEO: https://twitter.com/jae_ventures/status/920347448664576000

Weinstein’s in tech: https://twitter.com/originalspin/status/920133939401965568

Oct 11, 2017

Today I share a personal life experiment where I’ve disabled push notifications on my phone to see its effect on my ability to focus on work. I also discuss the viral “Rock Test” Medium post, the stigma against dating in the workplace and how unrealistic it is.

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Kelly Ellis tweets: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/917487333078953987, https://twitter.com/justkelly_ok/status/917793588892852229, https://twitter.com/justkelly_ok/status/917676306715889664

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia

The Rock Test: https://medium.com/@annevictoriaclark/the-rock-test-a-hack-for-men-who-dont-want-to-be-accused-of-sexual-harassment-73c45e0b49af

Blog post “How I Motivate Myself to Learn”: http://atom-morgan.github.io/learning-and-motivation

Oct 4, 2017

Why are we scared of science and the results it may give us? Some say there are certain scientific questions we simply shouldn’t look into. Today I share an example of a behavioral difference within a certain geography of people that can only be explained through science.

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“First, They Came for the Biologists”: https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-they-came-for-the-biologists-1506984033

“Southerners Weren’t 'Lazy,' Just Infected With Hookworms”: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wnxxq5/southerners-werent-lazy-just-infected-with-hookworms-stereotype

Node.js Outreachy: https://nodejs.org/en/foundation/outreachy/

Make Data Great Again: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/913765491994329089

Eli Schiff and Dropbox: https://twitter.com/eli_schiff/status/915252461677420544

Blog post “How I Motivate Myself to Learn”: http://atom-morgan.github.io/learning-and-motivation

Handstand: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZw4N_XBsr9/?taken-by=adamjmorgan

Sep 28, 2017

This week we saw a series of fuckups in tech from two CEOs and one VP. Two of these cases relate to CEOs publicly discriminating against men on Twitter and the other involved kink-shaming with now infamous Google Memo author James Damore.

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MaxWell Biosciences CEO: http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/26/biotech-ceo-joshua-mcclure-openly-admits-to-discriminating-against-men/?utm_content=bufferf55c5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Netflix VP: https://twitter.com/jtLOL/status/912680368314122240, https://archive.fo/yedM5, http://archive.is/NfHER#selection-4039.0-4039.140

Tech CEO Tweets No "White Dudes" for Conference Speakers: https://youtu.be/r5hxRpSBm8M

Sep 20, 2017

Two Ex-Googlers have created a new vending machine, Bodega, which has led to outrage over job destruction. I give an economic defense to Bodega and share why this isn’t an either-or decision. I also take a moment to share my thoughts on why startups so often have shitty cultures and what can be done to fix it.

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Fast Company Bodega: https://www.fastcompany.com/40466047/two-ex-googlers-want-to-make-bodegas-and-mom-and-pop-corner-stores-obsolete

Bodega Twitter moment: https://twitter.com/i/moments/907987686786560000

Sep 13, 2017

Today I address the latest NYT’s article about pay disparity at Google and why the article doesn’t offer any credible proof of a pay disparity. I also discuss an article on why colorblind diversity efforts don’t work and how it makes the true goals of diversity and inclusion initiatives even more transparent.

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NYT Google Pay Disparity: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/technology/google-salaries-gender-disparity.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology&action=click&contentCollection=technology&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Colorblind Diversity Efforts Don’t Work: https://hbr.org/2017/09/colorblind-diversity-efforts-dont-work?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hbr

irongeek_adc tweet: https://twitter.com/irongeek_adc/status/907292079046512640

Linda Cohn: https://www.earnthenecklace.com/espn-linda-cohn-suspended-age-politics-fired/

Jemele Hill: http://www.dailywire.com/news/20992/no-espn-shouldnt-fire-jemele-hill-they-shouldnt-ben-shapiro#

Sep 6, 2017

Today I contrast two articles about diversity and the different approach between the two articles which are written by the same author. I also share my perspective on the gig economy and the upcoming GrubHub trial concerning W2 and 1099 employment.

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This is what diversity is like at trash startup Rubicon: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/04/this-is-what-diversity-is-like-at-trash-startup-rubicon/

Facebook’s black employee representation has increased for the first time since 2014: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/02/facebooks-black-employee-representation-has-increased-for-the-first-time-since-2014/

GrubHub Trial: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/02/grubhub-trial-could-have-major-implications-for-the-gig-economy/

My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adamjmorgan/

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