018: Brocast News
Play • 41 min

This episode kicks off our book club discussion of Brotopia, which reveals that sex parties are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gender discrimination in Silicon Valley. Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega share their strong reactions to the reporting, history, and advocacy contained in Emily Chang’s book. Along the way, they delight in the ways AI improves reading the New York Times, our grammar, and keeping track of one’s schedule. Responding to listener questions, your hosts lay bets on a timeline for human birth in space, and how to maintain privacy in an age of Alexa.

Show notes

Everyday encounters with artificial intelligence

New York Times (2:35)

100 Notable Books of 2017 (NYT)


Like Grammarly but it shouts at you (5:18)

Grammarly (company web site)


Auto-suggested events in calendars (8:20)

How to create calendar events from emails (LifeWire)

Book club discussion: Brotopia by Emily Chang (13:11)

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley (GoodReads)

In ‘Brotopia,’ Silicon Valley Disrupts Everything but the Boys’ Club (NYT Book Review)

“Oh my God, this is so f--ed up”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Secretive, Orgiastic Dark Side (Vanity Fair)

Apple’s “1984” television commercial (YouTube)


Listener Questions

When do you think someone will be born in space? (31:07)

What percentage of the population is concerned with their privacy in a time of Alexa devices, Nest cameras, and the like? (33:19)

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