Michael and Ken are juniors from Stanford and UC Berkeley. It was only recently that the impact and challenges of automation have entered the mainstream conversation. Automation is no longer the Terminators’ and Transformers’ of science fiction movies or dystopian novels. It’s already here and radically changing how we work, live, think and even feel.
We’re eager to bridge the gap of awareness between our bubble and the rest of the country by sharing our insights into how the invisible hand of technology plays a role underneath the surface of modern society.
Both Brian and Ravi are team members as a part of our new ambitious project -- Demodraft -- a platform that allows users to discover, fund, and support other users before they decide to run for office. They can let their ideas flourish content, such as forums and polls.
Ravi is a rising Sophomore at UC Berkeley studying economics and public policy. Over the summer, he interned with progressive congressional campaigns in both Michigan and California, to elect candidates who do not take corporate PAC money. He competes on Berkeley’s Mock Trial team and is a Digital Outreach Organizer for his local Democratic Assembly candidate.
Brian is a rising high school senior from Portland, Oregon whose interests lie in the intersection of math and politics. He is invested in public advocacy and service as he runs the student-led educational nonprofit Students Tutor Students and organizes for the Oregon Youth Climate Strike. His dream is to one day bring his skills in STEM to use in the political world.
Dr. Roland Vogl is a scholar, lawyer and entrepreneur who, after more than fifteen years of academic and professional experience, has developed a strong expertise in legal informatics, intellectual property law and innovation. Currently, he is Executive Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology and a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. He focuses his efforts on legal informatics work carried out in the Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX), which he co-founded and leads as Executive Director.
Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and as affiliated faculty in the Symbolic Systems program. He teaches intellectual property, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, the law of robotics and AI, video game law, and remedies. We delve into antirust laws, the misunderstandings between big tech and the general public, and public policy proposals in the works.
Dr. Jermaine Johnson is a community activist, avid volunteer and public servant who will bring a new era to South Carolina House District 80. As a husband and proud father, Jermaine knows the value and importance of giving back to the community that has helped him raise his .Jermaine is the owner of Dream Team Consulting and an adjunct professor at Webster University in Columbia, SC. He is a member of the Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina and a James E. Clyburn Fellow. In an upset victory in D80 in South Carolina, he hopes to increase the number of households that have access to internet services.
Today our guest is Ahmed Ahmed, an undergraduate at Stanford of the same major as Michael (MCS). Ahmed is an ethnic Arabic born in Sudan, lived in Qatar before emigrating to the US. His diverse life experiences shaped some unique perspectives on Black Lives Matter, Blacks In Tech, affirmative action amongst various other issues which we discussed. He is a role model within the black in tech community and aspires to get a PhD in AI.
Facial recognition has been deployed to improve the convenience of our day-to-day lives, from identifying your friends on pictures shared on social media, unlocking your phone or door, validating identity at ATM machines, and enforcing building security. However, every coin has two sides, and it can be argued the other side is much darker than meets the eye.
What is the price we pay for a little extra convenience in our lives? Facial recognition enables a third eye from authorities or companies into our lives, allowing one) the targeting of specific individuals to their interest and two) the ability surveil our lives in disturbing detail, and we see how these two applications correspond to the two most powerful countries in the world.
On this episode, we interview Aarika Samone Rhodes, a devoted elementary school teacher and passionate member of the #YangGang. We talk about innovative ideas on education, police reform, and the future of ed-tech.
On this episode, we will being have a conversation about Big Tech, and censorship, especially in relation to data mining, and encryption, with the relevance of acts like S.3398, the "Earn It" Act possibly threatening individuals rights to speak out on various social media platforms, especially as it pertains to Black organizing and narratives. Internet censorship is a huge deal, especially as it pertains to the way people get their information and the way media presents occurrences.
Reverend Wendy Hamilton was formerly a Spiritual and Cultural Surrogate of presidential candidate Andrew Yang and is currently a counselor based in Washington DC. Rev. Hamilton became a Yang supporter after she read an article the candidate penned for The New York Times called “The Robots Are Coming.”, Yang spoke about the consequences of automation and its impact on job opportunities. We brought Rev. Wendy on so our tech can hear Wendy's voice on the social aspect of current advancements of technology, but in light of everything we realized one headline above all else really demands our attention, especially while Wendy are on here with us, that begins with George Floyd’s death. We were thinking how we would approach this from the perspective of technology and we thought of two ways - one: how technology is driving the economic problems that led to George Floyd’s death and two: how tech/tech companies can play a role in leading solutions to address police brutality and so we can come out of this stronger.
We had a special guest: Ben Barlett who’s a council member in Berkeley City Council, District 3. What’s really special about Ben is that he is both a tech and political leader focused not only on activism but also using innovation to drive 21st century economic development with job opportunities for all Californians. We contextualized George Floyd’s death in a long continuum of economic injustice. We discussed his role on the blockchain commission for calcoin, a digital currency to serve as a payment system for the unemployed in California. Furthermore, we looked at ways to integrate workers to work alongside Kiwibot as operators so they don’t lose their jobs. We also discussed his work on a trade agreement with China to deliver green tech supplies and infrastructure, funding for body cameras, and that led to a discussion of privacy, surveillance and data as a property right.
Michael and Ken are sophomores from Stanford and UC Berkeley, respectively. While there has been a lot of academic discussion around the impact and challenges of automation, especially in the Silicon Valley, it was only recently that these issues have entered the mainstream. Automation is no longer the Terminator’s and Transformers of science-fiction. It’s already here and radically changing society.
That’s why we’re excited to bridge the gap between our bubble and the rest of the country by sharing our insights into how the invisible hand of technology plays a role underneath the surface of modern society.