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It's the question of our times: How is technology impacting our humanity? "Should This Exist?" invites the creators of radical new technologies to set aside their business plan, and think through the human side: What is the invention’s greatest promise? And what could possibly go wrong? Show host Caterina Fake (Partner, Yes VC; Cofounder Flickr) is a celebrated tech pioneer and one of Silicon Valley’s most eloquent commentators on technology and the human condition. Joined by a roster of all-star expert guests who have a knack for looking around corners, Caterina drops listeners into the minds of today’s ingenious entrepreneurs and guides them through the journey of foreseeing what their technology might do to us, and for us. Should This Exist? is a WaitWhat original series in partnership with Quartz.

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It's the question of our times: How is technology impacting our humanity? "Should This Exist?" invites the creators of radical new technologies to set aside their business plan, and think through the human side: What is the invention’s greatest promise? And what could possibly go wrong? Show host Caterina Fake (Partner, Yes VC; Cofounder Flickr) is a celebrated tech pioneer and one of Silicon Valley’s most eloquent commentators on technology and the human condition. Joined by a roster of all-star expert guests who have a knack for looking around corners, Caterina drops listeners into the minds of today’s ingenious entrepreneurs and guides them through the journey of foreseeing what their technology might do to us, and for us. Should This Exist? is a WaitWhat original series in partnership with Quartz.

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4.3 out of 5
684 Ratings

684 Ratings

picolife ,

Back off on the sound effects

The content stands on its own.

Seaslang ,

THIS podcast should exist!

I really enjoy this podcast from a number of angles. The first would be the introduction of the topic invention. These inventions are so mind-blowing that simply learning about their existence or soon-to-be-existence is thrilling and offers so much to think about. Not only that but they are always presented in philosophically exciting ways, with the inventor on the show discussing the way the technology works, their vision, and how it was conceived. At the same time, the very revelation of these inventions often gives a feeling of dis-ease, an inherent eeriness is felt in the power they each hold, which is then addressed in the second part of the show. “This invention is clearly incredible, but should it exist? What are it’s implications?” Fake voices emotionally relevant concerns about the topic invention, valid fears and anxieties, discussing the ways the technology might be misused by users or co-opted by ill-intended corporations/governments. Could this technology lead to addiction? Thought policing? Could this technology converge into an episode of Black Mirror? There is comfort in having this dis-ease validated and addressed, and it makes this show the perfect combination of technologically enthusiastic and curious as well as sensitive to our vulnerability as humans and being accountable to that. If you have a longing for this kind of two-sided wholistic Inquiry into technological development, this podcast with gratify it.
This question of should something exist is direct and intelligent. Looking directly into the positive and negative potential of any powerful invention is something we as a society need to practice, and something that inventors need to be brought into discourse about. It is great that Fake, someone highly respected in tech, is launching these conversations.

msmohit ,

My new favorite podcast!

I love hearing all sides of an issue, and this podcast ffers just that. Rather than presenting a single point of view and arguing for it, Ms. Fake brings us cutting edge ideas from the frontiers of technology and then explores the pros, cons, opportuities and challenges. This kind of thoughtful debate is a a gift to the entreprenuers developing these ideas, and for me, it's been a fantastic source of provactive, thoughtful dinner table conversation for our family - for example,the episode on lab-cultured meat sparked a lively discussion between our kids who who are both omnivorous and vegetarian, and the episode on the Woebot AI therapist sparked great conversation around online/offline/bot-based interactions. I'm looking forard to more episodes- my only wish is that we could send in questions about the topics, as they are so interesting!

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