Episode 42 - 2014 In Steamy Review




Stats and Highlights

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Soundcloud stats

  • Soundcloud 65k listens + 12k downloads
  • Over 200k listens w/ iTunes!


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    • US
    • UK
    • Spain
    • Canada
    • Germany
    • Netherlands
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  • Months with most listens
    • Sept
    • Aug
    • Oct


  • Calls
    • 17 conference calls - 608 minutes of Chris speaking!


Highlights of the Year


  • Connected-ness:
    • Ice Bucket challenge / Ferguson
    • Facebook Research / Uber data 
    • Space
    • Cuba / Russia (Ukraine - Ruble (Feb - Dec) / Africa (AIDS)
  • Favorite Shows: Gary Weber 
  • Event 2014: MIT Cyborg camp / meeting Sara





  • **To Siri, With Love by Judith Newman, New York Times
    • “It’s not that Gus doesn’t understand Siri’s not human. He does — intellectually. But like many autistic people I know, Gus feels that inanimate objects, while maybe not possessing souls, are worthy of our consideration. I realized this when he was 8, and I got him an iPod for his birthday. He listened to it only at home, with one exception. It always came with us on our visits to the Apple Store. Finally, I asked why. “So it can visit its friends,” he said.”
  • **All Technology Is Assistive Technology by Sarah Hendren, Backchanne;
    • “Well — it’s worth saying again: All technology is assistive technology. Honestly — what technology are you using that’s not assistive? Your smartphone? Your eyeglasses? Headphones? And those three examples alone are assisting you in multiple registers: They’re enabling or augmenting a sensory experience, say, or providing navigational information. But they’re also allowing you to decide whether to be available for approach in public, or not; to check out or in on a conversation or meeting in a bunch of subtle ways; to identify, by your choice of brand or look, with one culture group and not another.”
  • How Self-Tracking Apps Exclude Women by Rose Eveleth, The Atlantic
    • “This, of course, isn’t the first time a tech product has prioritized men over women. The vast majority of tech companies are staffed by men, especially on the development side. Phones are too big for many women’s hands. The newest artificial hearts are designed to fit 80 percent of men but only 20 percent of women. Drop-down menus show “male” over “female” even when the rest of the menus are alphabetical. But when it comes to data-tracking, there’s a perceived element of democratization. How could an app or tool that simply lets you track things be biased? Let us count the ways.”
  • **You are not your browser history by Jer Thorp, Backchannel
    • “Last week, I paid ten strangers five dollars to write character studies of me based on the advertisements that show up in my web browser. I told them nothing about my age, gender, location, lifestyle or career– instead they were asked to stitch a biography together from banner ads for bicycles, underwear, software, books and movies. While no one managed to Sherlock out my life story from 2,000 advertisements, the results offer an interesting look at a kind of second self that we all carry around with us: our browser history doppelgängers.”
  • Screenshots as POV by Joanne McNeil, The Message
    • “The number of signal strength bars, the clock that indicates if someone has set an alarm, the battery percentage — these are the mobile screenshot equivalents to figuring out the height of someone filming with Google Glass. A few years ago, there was a great blog called First & 20 that was a collection of iPhone screenshots that emphasized these small differences. While everyone has the same device, the way it is used is not the same. We have preferences and settings that might seem minor but are as different as looking at the world from the height of 5’6 or 6 feet.”