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Technology is disrupting our world and reshaping our lives, sometimes in ways we don't realize. In this weekly podcast, Fortune Senior Writer Michal Lev-Ram and Deputy Editor Brian O'Keefe dig behind the headlines to explore the world of tech. They speak with leaders of some of the biggest companies - and others perhaps you've never heard of - and call on industry experts for insight. Fortune's team of tech reporters and writers also weighs in on what's happening in technology news and why it matters for everyone.

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Technology is disrupting our world and reshaping our lives, sometimes in ways we don't realize. In this weekly podcast, Fortune Senior Writer Michal Lev-Ram and Deputy Editor Brian O'Keefe dig behind the headlines to explore the world of tech. They speak with leaders of some of the biggest companies - and others perhaps you've never heard of - and call on industry experts for insight. Fortune's team of tech reporters and writers also weighs in on what's happening in technology news and why it matters for everyone.

    Yes, Google's Antitrust Lawsuit Impacts You

    Yes, Google's Antitrust Lawsuit Impacts You

    According to guests on today's Brainstorm, Google and other big tech platforms are hurting democracy and stifling the economy. And, these experts agree on an important point: the antitrust lawsuit being brought by the U.S. Justice Department against Google is just the opening shot in an escalating battle against companies like Amazon, Facebook and Apple.
    Michal Lev-Ram and Brian O'Keefe speak with Gabriel Weinberg, the CEO of search engine DuckDuckGo; Maurice Stucke, law professor at the University of Tennessee and co-author of 'Competition Overdose;' and Fortune Senior Writer, Aaron Pressman.
    If you enjoy Brainstorm, check out the new Fortune podcast "Reinvent" about companies fighting to thrive in a world turned upside down. To listen and subscribe, click here from your mobile device.

    • 31 min
    2020 Election: Can Social Media Battle Misinformation?

    2020 Election: Can Social Media Battle Misinformation?

    Russian interference via Facebook, Twitter and Google in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election was a wake-up call for many. As Brainstorm host Michal Lev-Ram says, it was the first time the general public realized social media platforms could do more harm than good in the world.
    Fast forward to today. What have the platforms done to battle misinformation? How effective have their changes been? And how will all of this impact the 2020 Election?
    Lev-Ram, along with co-host Brian O'Keefe, turn to three experts for answers. They speak with tech investor turned activist Roger McNamee, MIT Professor and author of "The Hype Machine," Sinan Aral, and Fortune reporter Danielle Abril.
    If you enjoy Brainstorm, check out the new Fortune podcast "Reinvent" about companies fighting to thrive in a world turned upside down. To listen and subscribe, click here from your mobile device.

    • 33 min
    Silicon Valley Is Fighting Fire With Tech

    Silicon Valley Is Fighting Fire With Tech

    Wildfires take lives, destroy property and are costing the state of California increasingly more money. What is Silicon Valley doing to help? That’s what Michal Lev-Ram and Brian O’Keefe explore in this episode of Brainstorm.
    They speak with Joaquin Ramirez of Technosylva, the company using machine learning and big data to create “firecasts” for Cal Fire - the state’s largest fire department. Also in the episode: Stanford professor and researcher Eric Appel who developed a fire retardant that can be sprayed on known “hot spots” once a season. His technology stops fires before they start and, after a few months, simply biodegrades. Finally, long-time tech entrepreneur Gina Bianchini of Mighty Networks shares her opinion that while preventing and fighting fire is important, Silicon Valley should also be looking for ways to make rebuilding from fires easier.

    • 24 min
    Robots: Ready or Not, Here They Come

    Robots: Ready or Not, Here They Come

    There are certain tasks we humans would much rather robots do, like collecting wastewater samples from our sewers. For other jobs, like cleaning, robots can perform helpful tasks that compliment work already done by humans. But there is no doubt that when robots get to work, human jobs are in danger.
    Fortune's Michal Lev-Ram and Brian O'Keefe are joined by their colleague, Jeremy Kahn, who writes about robotics. They're also joined by Biobot's Mariana Matus and Julie Shah of MIT and author of the forthcoming book, "What to Expect When You're Expecting Robots."

    • 25 min
    Working from Home: The Pitfalls and Perks

    Working from Home: The Pitfalls and Perks

    Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever before are working at home. For many it's been a painful shift. But good news: there are ways to do it better! Fortune's Michal Lev-Ram and Brian O'Keefe explore how companies and managers can ease the pain in this debut episode of The Brainstorm Podcast.
    They are joined by some true remote work experts: Zoom COO Aparna Bawa and Gitlab's Head of Remote, Darren Murph. Members of Fortune's tech team also have insight to add.

    • 27 min
    Introducing: Fortune's Brainstorm Podcast with Michal Lev-Ram and Brian O'Keefe

    Introducing: Fortune's Brainstorm Podcast with Michal Lev-Ram and Brian O'Keefe

    Technology is disrupting our world and reshaping our lives, sometimes in ways we don't realize. In this weekly podcast, Fortune Senior Writer Michal Lev-Ram and Deputy Editor Brian O'Keefe dig behind the headlines to explore the world of tech. They speak with leaders of some of the biggest companies - and others perhaps you've never heard of - and call on industry experts for insight. Fortune's team of tech reporters and writers also weighs in on what's happening in technology news and why it matters for everyone.

    • 1 min

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