Note to Self Podcast on Crystal

I had the pleasure of speaking with Manoush Zomorodi on her WNYC Podcast Note to Self about personalization technologies and why we find them a little creepy. We talked specifically about Crystal, an email-writing coach that predicts your correspondents' personality and preferred communication methods based on public data pulled from places like LinkedIn and blog posts.

I highly recommend the rest of the podcast (formerly known as New Tech City), and have been a big fan for a while. And Crystal is right, I appreciate open, casual conversations like this one with Manoush.

Reading Dada Data and the Internet of Paternalistic Things on Radio Berkman

Dan Jones, audio production extraordinaire, pulled together some interviews with authors who contributed to the Berkman Center Internet Monitor report this year, including myself. I got a chance to read my speculative fiction piece about the internet of paternalistic things, and I had a great conversation with Dan about some of the inspiration behind the story. Give it a listen—my section starts around 33:00, but the whole podcast is really worth listening to.

Mindful Data Podcast

I had the pleasure of talking with Chris Dancy and Klint Finley for two episodes of their Mindful Cyborgs podcast. I've been a fan of the show for a while, and highly recommend episodes with Kate Darling, Nathan Jurgenson, and Ernesto Ramirez. I spent a lot of time listening to the show last year while I was doing research on the Quantified Self, so I was thrilled when they reached out to talk about my Data Doppelgängers article. We ended up talking about a whole lot more than that, including my background in enterprise IT, and the evolving role of constructive technology criticism.

In a lot of ways, "Mindful Cyborgs" is just another way of saying technology critic—Dancy described it as a process of becoming aware of our relationship to technology. Like the show's title, I draw a lot of inspiration from Donna Harraway in talking about non-binary discussions about human relationships with tools and technology. Asking whether it's all good or all bad doesn't really get us anywhere. Instead, starting from a position that assumes technology is always a part of human life—what sets us apart as humans—allows us to ask more constructive questions.

The episode is embedded below, and you can subscribe to the Mindful Cyborgs podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud. Stay tuned for the second episode shortly...

This week at the 17th London Quantified Self Meetup, I shared my Quantified Self practices, what I love about how Timehop resurfaces significant moments and cyclical patterns from my personal data history, and my family proclivity for self-tracking. Video should be coming soon, but I thought I’d get this recording up to share. Slides are here if you want to follow along.