I’m back to a solo podcast for my last episode of 2016. Since I’ve been busy with guests for the past two weeks, I close out with some of the ridiculous happenings in the tech industry that occurred in the meantime.
Complaint about ReactJS: https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/806782001009213440
ReactJS Response: https://twitter.com/reactjs/status/806646405909483520
In this episode I chat with Ryan X. Charles - Reddit’s former cryptocurrency engineer and now CEO and co-founder of Yours.org about the future of getting paid for creating and discovering content with micropayments through Bitcoin.
Today I talk with a self taught programmer and former co-worker Will Ricketts. Will recently moved to Washington after a few years in Atlanta and was kind enough to join me on the show while he’s back in Atlanta to get his car to finalize his move out of the southeast.
The BBC recently covered esports: both the sexism within it and the gender pay gap. Today I discuss why the both of these are bullshit.
BBC Sexism and esports: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37992322?ocid=socialflow_twitter
Julia Kiran’s tweet: https://twitter.com/juliakiran/status/800779147840655361
CLG Red’s Potter on women in esports: https://clips.twitch.tv/omgitspotter/ExuberantStorkPanicBasket
Reaction time of sprinters at 2008 Olympics: http://www.asbweb.org/conferences/2009/869.pdf
The future of tech is transparency. Reddit is finding this out the hard way in the process of digging its own grave.
Reddit CEO /r/the_donald admission: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/23/reddit-huffman-trump/
Snapchat has released their first hardware product Spectacles. Some aren’t even aware of it. Many who are think it’s a gimmick. I share why I’m a fan.
Drone Fireworks: https://twitter.com/TechCrunch/status/799058234573107200
Snapchat Spectacles: https://www.spectacles.com/
Who does the left blame for Trump’s being elected president? First it was third party voters. Then it was white women. Now it’s Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Article after article has been published over the past week blaming this election on fake news being shared widely on Facebook. Today I talk about why Facebook has no obligation to fact check news sources and why that would do more harm than good.
Google’s AI Pictionary: https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/
NYT Zuckerberg is in Denial: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/opinion/mark-zuckerberg-is-in-denial.html
Rigged by TechCrunch: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/09/rigged/
Will Trump’s Victory Be Silicon Valley’s Wake-Up Call?: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/11/trumps-the-president-and-youre-a-publisher/507278/
Against all odds, Donald Trump won the election. I recap with some analysis on post-election reactions and why Donald Trump as President may lead to some good outcomes even if you hate the guy and his political views.
It’s been a crazy week centered around women. First, TIME said Hillary Clinton’s “Emailgate” is an attack on women despite the overwhelming evidence against her actions as Secretary of State. Then, there’s the upcoming Distributed Denial of Women day on December 2 - a “DDOS”-like attack on the tech industry.
TIME Hillary Clinton’s Emailgate Is an Attack on Women: http://time.com/4551711/hillary-clinton-emailgate/
CIA Officer’s Summary on Emailgate: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/303499-hillarys-emails-matter-a-retired-cia-officer
Distributed Denial of Women: http://distributed-denial-of-women.org/
A new season of Black Mirror is out and today I talk about the first episode and what I’ve noticed about people who tend to be the most critical of technology in a Black Mirror-esque fashion. I also share a new activity I’ve been doing after reading James Altucher’s book “Choose Yourself” where I try to write down 10 original ideas every day.
My 10 ideas:
1) Vibrating earbuds as an alarm clock
2) Sound pollution apartment buying guide - reference distances and Google traffic
3) AR historical filters - landmark overlays photo from 1800s
4) Aliens would think dogs speak English or human languages
5) Pollution and global warming will be solved in 50 years
6) Tech is natural. If it isn’t, cave paintings aren’t natural
7) Surgical drones
8) Automated nanobots that order ingredients for you
9) Weather app that recommends outfits
10) Wikipedia for college courses
Peter Thiel managed to trigger the tech industry without uttering a single word. He merely donated $1.25 million to Donald Trump. Today I discuss how the industry reacted to this news and I give a serious libertarian case in favor of Donald Trump for this year’s election.
Ellen Pao and Thiel: https://medium.com/projectinclude/peter-thiel-yc-and-hard-decisions-2b91bab83764
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on “dark secrets”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PCnZqrJE24&feature=player_embedded
Zuckerberg wanting to work with Hillary: http://heatst.com/politics/wikileaks-facebook-zuckerberg/
Eric Schmidt and Hillary: http://qz.com/520652/groundwork-eric-schmidt-startup-working-for-hillary-clinton-campaign/
Today I discuss two stories - one I believe was blown out of proportion and the other which was barely talked about. I end by giving my choice on who I want to win this election.
Yahoo discrimination against men: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sacked-male-executive-suing-yahoo-ceo-marissa-mayer-discrimination-1585644
The Right to Discriminate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELEvlLgCslg
Move over thoughtcrime. Followcrime is here. Earlier this week Motherboard tweeted, “Guess how many women Elon Musk follows on Twitter? Hint: same number of people currently on Mars”. Yes, people are actually complaining about who Elon follows on Twitter. If you’re a CEO in tech watch your back because you’re no longer responsible for what you say or think. Now it’s who you publicly follow. The Daily Show recently did a skit mocking the freedom in North Carolina for private businesses to discriminate against customers. I argue in favor of this right.
Motherboard’s tweet: https://twitter.com/motherboard/status/783323293461995520
Huffington Post Discrimination: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/daily-show-no-gays-food-truck_us_57f3b380e4b0703f7590ee42
The Department of Labor is filing a lawsuit against tech company Palantir for discriminating against Asians. Asians are rarely, if ever, considered a minority. With Peter Thiel leading the company, could there be a political motive behind this lawsuit? It doesn’t seem that unreasonable considering the week Oculus VR founder Palmer Lucky has had after The Daily Beast discovered he had donated to a conservative non-profit developing memes to attack Hillary Clinton. Is there any room at all for conservatives or Trump supporters in tech?
SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qo78R_yYFA
Princeton and SAT scores: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-adv-asian-race-tutoring-20150222-story.html
DOL lawsuit against Palantir: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/technology/us-accuses-tech-firm-of-bias-against-asian-software-engineers.html
Dustin Moskovitz “Compelled to Act”: https://medium.com/@moskov/compelled-to-act-1413930041ee
Diversity advocates often say their fight for diversity is backed by science. The saying goes, diversity leads to an overall performance boost. So why isn’t there a push for diversity of political affiliation? And why does science only apply when it doesn’t conflict with their worldview?
Ben Shapiro Tweet: https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/776548646628106240
Twitter suspends SAFE Movement: https://twitter.com/LaloDagach/status/778333686248968192
Academia’s Rejection of Diversity: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/opinion/academias-rejection-of-diversity.html
Ladies is Gender Neutral: http://blog.alicegoldfuss.com/ladies-is-gender-neutral/
This past weekend I finally got to experience virtual reality with the HTC Vive. I’ve been looking forward to VR since I was a little kid and even with my high expectations it did not disappoint at all.
My blog post “In Defense of Douglas Crockford”: http://atom-morgan.github.io/in-defense-of-douglas-crockford
Nodevember’s statement: http://nodevember.org/statement.html
“Why I won’t be speaking at conferences with Douglas Crockford anymore.”: https://medium.com/@nodebotanist/why-i-won-t-be-speaking-at-conferences-with-douglas-crockford-anymore-61bc29f028c8#.h70hvmpzb
Kass’ talk at Nodevember: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBRGMcdAKzs
“Stepping down as Nodevember organizer”: http://www.kevinold.com/2016/09/05/stepping-down-as-nodevember-organizer.html
The Stupidity of Diversity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8O885Zx8CE
There are billions of stars in our galaxy. Many are older than Earth. Some of these stars will have habitable zones with the potential for Earth-like planets and intelligent life forms. So where is everybody? Today I talk about the Fermi paradox, why I think we haven’t interacted with extraterrestrial lifeforms, and why they’ll have no interest in talking with us even if we could communicate with them.
TheAmazingAtheist tweet: https://twitter.com/amazingatheist/status/770322534826934272
Voyager Golden Record: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/Voyager_Golden_Record_fx.png
Kurzgesagt’s The Fermi Paradox (Part 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNhhvQGsMEc
Kurzgesagt’s The Fermi Paradox (Part 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fQkVqno-uI
25 years ago the Internet opened to the public. In such a short amount of time we’ve become so dependent on our creation. The newest, scariest, and emerging product of this creation is artificial intelligence. What types of AI exist today and how does it compare to humans? Is intelligence necessary to be as good as or better than humans? Will AI destroy the human race?
25 years of the Internet: https://twitter.com/norm/status/768154713992916992/photo/1
Over the weekend, I created and published my first “vlog” in response to Snapchat’s controversial Asian filter. Everyone is looking for racism these days where it obviously doesn’t exist. This filter and Ellen DeGeneres’ recent tweet with Usain Bolt are great examples. I had a lot of fun making the video so I think I’ll probably continue doing more of these in the future. I also discuss universal basic income (UBI) and why I don’t think it will lead to the utopian outcome many people expect.
Is Snapchat’s Asian Filter Racist?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF2311GOc1M
Ellen DeGeneres’ tweet: https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/765303894159208448
My first digital drawing: http://imgur.com/i885DPB
While I was at the gym the other day catching up on my favorite podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, Justin Wren, a professional MMA fighter, shared his experience being bullied as a teenager in school. It hit home for me. So today I share the most humiliating moment from my childhood and how I think schools do very little to help those who are bullied by taking away their freedom to help themselves.
Joe Rogan Experience #826 - Justin Wren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBlXxfoGkpU
Yesterday I went to Advance Auto Parts in the ghetto near my apartment and had a hilarious experience with black on black racism. This week I started my new job and I take a minute to reflect on coworkers I’ve had in the past and a trend I’ve noticed very few people want to accept: In a time where privilege is a predictor of success, how are immigrants are able to make it in America?
Joe Rogan and me: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/759261978288332800
Gavin McInnes tweet: https://twitter.com/Gavin_McInnes/status/759598000968724480
Walter Williams Affirmative Action Bake Sale: http://beta.deseretnews.com/article/967063/Affirmative-Action-Bake-Sale-makes-tasty-point.html?pg=all
Today I chat with a good friend and former co-worker Trey “Codeschneider” Schneider. Similar to me and a previous guest on my show, Kyle Cline, Trey entered the tech industry as an outsider when he worked with the both of us at a startup around 2 years ago. Since then, Trey has been expanding his skillset and recently quit his job to build and launch his own web product -Biddybomb. Trey and I discuss what it’s like entering the industry as outsiders, the pros and cons of being a web developer, and also share some lessons we’ve learned that we wish we knew when we were first starting out.
Codeschneider on Twitter: https://twitter.com/codeschneider
My good friend Kyle Cline joins me for the second time on my podcast. Today we discuss the craziness of the Republican National Convention, Hillary Clinton, and how American politics will play out for the rest of the year. We also share experiences with Pokemon Go, how geo-fencing could make it better, and how Bitcoin and the blockchain could create scarcity within the game. Finally, I end with a few thoughts about Twitter’s latest suspension of Milo Yiannopoulos.
Vaporeon Pokemon Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLdWbwQJWI0
Leslie Jones Tweet: https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/564664734268411906?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
It’s 2016 and Pokemon has taken over America again in the form of Pokemon Go. It’s only been out a week but I cover some of the benefits and downsides we’re seeing already. As if Pokemon in 2016 wasn’t crazy enough, Slack employee Erica Baker has taken tech progressivism to new levels by calling in to work for being…black! That isn’t a typo.
“Calling in black”: https://medium.com/race-condition/processing-e8bc638aae1a#.c3kdh5iv6