24 episodes

Our culture is shaped by technology, and the people building that technology determine how it’s changing our lives. But who are they? And how do they think about their responsibility to the rest of us? From mental health to algorithmic bias, entrepreneur Anil Dash talks to developers, designers, and culture experts to understand the ways tech is changing culture, and what it means for us. Produced by Glitch and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Our culture is shaped by technology, and the people building that technology determine how it’s changing our lives. But who are they? And how do they think about their responsibility to the rest of us? From mental health to algorithmic bias, entrepreneur Anil Dash talks to developers, designers, and culture experts to understand the ways tech is changing culture, and what it means for us. Produced by Glitch and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Bonus: Live from Texas Tribune Fest: Reclaiming Community on the Web

    Bonus: Live from Texas Tribune Fest: Reclaiming Community on the Web

    The integrity of the internet is at stake -- what have we lost and how do we get it back?
    At the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, Anil spoke with web scholars and writers about reclaiming the internet through historical context, how we are tethered to social media and the inventive ways marginalized people have always reinvented the platforms available.
    Panelists

    Charlton McIlwain

    Anne Helen Petersen

    Sarah T. Roberts

    Siva Vaidhyanathan

    • 57 min
    How To Save the 2020 Election: Stopping Fake News

    How To Save the 2020 Election: Stopping Fake News

    Are social networks downplaying their complicity in the problem that is “fake news?”Anil talks to Fadi Quran of the people powered social advocacy group, Avaaz, about how tech is used to target groups of people and spread disinformation that affects our elections, relationships, and social justice movements. Together they discuss insidious nature of disinformation and misinformation, meet its victims, and go over solutions. 

    Listen closely for the steps that platforms can take right now to stem the tide of fake news and fake accounts. 

    LINKS:
    Avaaz.org
    Factbook.org

    • 44 min
    How to Save the 2020 Election: Journalism and Social Media

    How to Save the 2020 Election: Journalism and Social Media

    What happens when social networks become social media, and tech starts making editorial decisions?
    Anil talks with NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen about the priorities of tech companies and how their faux neutrality and feigned ignorance has taken a toll on our news cycles and elections. Together, they identify the problems that the press is facing, like attention hacking and misinformation, in order to focus on how the press and us as citizens can reclaim “the news” and what they care about.

    • 49 min
    Purple Reign: What it Was Like to Work with Prince"

    Purple Reign: What it Was Like to Work with Prince"

    Part 2 of Anil's discussion of Prince's complicated relationship with technology.
    How do you go from fan to colleague to friend with an icon?
    Prince’s manager, Phaedra Ellis Lamkins and Sam Jennings, one of Prince’s webmasters take us on a journey of growth and evolution of an artist realizing his worth and his power. As part of a team of trusted friends and confidants they helped “The Artist” realize tech dreams that would serve us all. We also learn that the vision of freedom we often associate with Prince isn’t what we thought. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Computer Blue: Prince's Online Legacy

    Computer Blue: Prince's Online Legacy

    What does it mean to be on the receiving end of a Prince direct message?
    This week on Function, Anil takes us through Prince’s complicated relationship with technology through his eyes and the eyes of super fans Jay Smooth, social commentator and former host of WBAI's Underground Railroad; and Andrea Swensson, host and writer at Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current, where she helms The Local Show, a weekly show dedicated to exploring the Minnesota music scene.
    From being summoned to Paisley Park to being part of early crowdfunding and subscriber based models pioneered by Prince; we learn what it felt like to build a relationship with Prince online a decade before social media made artists accessible to fans.
    As Prince's relationship with technology evolved, he worked hard to control his image often times butting heads with his fans and record labels.

    ***Check out Anil's guest episode with Switched on Pop where he talked more in-depth about the ways technology influenced Prince's music. ***

    • 51 min
    Introducing Reset: Can AI Teach You to Write Better

    Introducing Reset: Can AI Teach You to Write Better

    Function is back next week with a new episode. In the meantime, check out Reset from Vox and Recode.

    Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write?
    Links to resources discussed:
    Flawed Algorithms Are Grading Millions of Students’ Essays
    How I’m using AI to write my next novel
    Featuring:
    @SigalSamuel
    @ToddFeathers
    About Reset
    Every story is a tech story. We live in a world where algorithms drive our interests, scientists are re-engineering our food supply, and a robot may be your next boss. Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything.
    If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Reset for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get new episodes every week.

    • 23 min

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Prince Episode

The Prince and tech episode was boss!!!

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‘...What he said!’

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