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“A bit of Blockchain” with @berniejmitchell

One of the immediate benefits of working in downtown Euston has been that I’ve been reminded of this podcast I did with Bernie a few months ago when we first started talking about the “Airbnb of Brains”.

Check it out. It has a bit of Blockchain, but it’s mostly about different ways of working together. I’m listening myself for the first time, it’s not bad!

Truphone Tour: @jamestagg at @indiedesk in Los Angeles #DTLA

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Here’s another version of James’s talk (Part 1) and Q&A (Part 2) at the last of our four public events in different cities across the US. I’m looking forward to intelligent agents that can listen to these and tell us some interesting things about the differences between them.

It was fascinating being in one of the Wells Fargo towers and seeing how co-working is happening in these unused spaces in Downtown L.A.

We’re very grateful to Athena & Kevin from  Truphone for their support while we’ve been on the West Coast (& thanks for bringing the schwag!) as well as Eli Calderon-Morin from Mobile Monday Silicon Beach for helping us co-ordinate it. Also thank you to Andy Rosillo and Indie Desk for looking after us so well.

Truphone Tour: @jamestagg speaks in NYC. Thanks @Truphone @Thundrfoot @LMHQ

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Download Part 2 mp3 (34MB)

Last Thursday, James spoke to a large, friendly and enthusiastic audience at the Lower Manhattan HQ event and meeting space (overlooking Zuccotti Park) about his work, the limits of AI and the future of mobile technology.

The first audio is just James’s speech and the second is an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A.

We’re really grateful to Jonathan Allen, Adrienne Todd and Demmi Choo of Longneck & Thunderfoot who helped enormously on the ground spreading the word ahead of the event and contributing on the day. You can read Demmi’s round-up here. They also arranged for video to be shot, which is coming soon.

A big shout out too to Truphone’s Randi Cohen who has been quietly and efficiently smoothing everything along for our trip back and forth across the States.

Podcast: USA Tour Preview with @jamestagg & @technokitten

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I took a break from packing and double-checking the weather forecast for NYC to catch up with James and Helen about what they’ve been doing this week and to look forward to where we’re going to be over the coming days.

If you’re reading/hearing this after Monday May 2nd you’ve missed Swedish Beers in San Francisco. Tomorrow morning (3rd), James and Helen will be in Mountain View for brunch. Then I join them in New York for breakfast on Thursday before we all zip back together cross-country to finish up at an evening meetup in Los Angeles next Monday May 9th.

All details are on the Mobile Heroes site and you can find out why I might be so excited to have a Truphone SIM at truphone.com

Podcast: #IWD2016 Debrief at the end of the day with @technokitten

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A little postscript to the interviews we did on International Women’s Day. Before we went off to sit in the National Theatre kitchen and have some tea (I had some chips, I think Helen had some soup, but I was too tired to remember clearly) we sat and talked over what had gone well and what we’d like to do next time. And of course, a big thank-you to all the people who got involved.

Podcast: Muki Kulhan on working with young people for #IWD2016 @mukiapproved

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We bundled Muki into the back of our cab and drove her round the block, asking her about what IWD means to her and what’s good about it.  She talks about the challenges of sexism and being judged adversely at work. But her hope for the future is rooted in her recent mentoring work with younger people including London360, Apps for Good and the BBC micro:bit.

Helen Keegan and I spent International Women’s Day interviewing women (and some men) in tech (and other sectors!) in London about their experience of gender in the workplace and where we’re at with equality. We’re releasing the audio as podcasts over the next couple of days with minimal editing. We will produce a digest of all the conversations later in the week.

 

Podcast: Sue Black OBE @Dr_Black on her hopes for the future of equality in tech #IWD2016

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Thanks to mobile technology we were able to be flexible on our journey across London on Tuesday and that meant being able to arrange on the fly to intercept Sue Black on her way to the IWD debate at the House of Commons later in the afternoon. We got to flick through a copy of her book, Saving Bletchley Park, which came out on Thursday

Sue tells us how she started out, about the writing and speaking she does now and running #techmums which builds confidence in disadvantaged women and encourages them to start coding. She talks about her early experience of setting up networking opportunities for women like BCS Women and how although progress on gender equality can feel really slow, she does feel a change in people’s attitudes recently and how being a geek is becoming trendy. She finishes up with what she was hoping to hear in Parliament and then we let her speed off to Westminster.

Helen Keegan and I spent International Women’s Day interviewing women (and some men) in tech (and other sectors!) in London about their experience of gender in the workplace and where we’re at with equality. We’re releasing the audio as podcasts over the next couple of days with minimal editing. We will produce a digest of all the conversations later in the week.

Podcast: Imogen Wethered from @qudini (solving queuing) #IWD2016

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We dashed over to Accelerator in Kingsland Rd to meet Imogen from Qudini

The product was born at a hackathon in 2012 to help solve queuing using NFC technology.

Imogen describes her move to tech from advertising, what IWD means for her as well as her approach to helping women achieve pay parity and share parenting opportunities.

Chat about #Tuttle, Unconferences, Open Space with @zosiaap

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I spoke this morning with Zosia Poulter who’s studying for an MA in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths (thanks to lovely Sian Prime for the intro). She was interested in hearing more about my approach to gathering people together to talk and do stuff.  I said yes, on the condition that I could record the conversation and publish it.

You might find it interesting if you’ve only had a little experience of self-organising conferences/events or you’ve heard of them but haven’t been able to get to one. I found it interesting to have a forum to join some of the dots for myself.

Some things that I mentioned that might be useful further reading:

Open Space Technology
The First BarCamp
An Early Sign-Up Page for Tuttle
Current Tuttle Facebook Group

Podcast with @jamestagg: Are The Androids Dreaming Yet? #artificialintelligence

On the Sunday morning at Hacklands, after we’d heard some lovely Chopin, James Tagg got up to speak about his new book “Are The Androids Dreaming Yet?” a popular science look at the history and potential future of Artificial Intelligence.  I sat down with James a few weeks later to talk more about the ideas in the book.

Back in August, listening to the talk, I realised just how strongly ingrained our idea is that machines will just get smarter and smarter until they meet and then exceed human capability but also the implication that we’re advanced machines ourselves.  Many people are resigned to it, accepting that it will happen sometime in the near future.  And we do see machines doing things routinely now that a few years ago would have been impossible – the example I always think of is language translation, I would have argued (even five years ago) that it was just too complex a task for machines to do, and while Google Translate isn’t quite perfect, it does a much better job than I would have predicted.  I was wrong.

But.  I also believe that there are human qualities and activities that machines might mimic well, but that that isn’t the same as them being intelligent.  But what if I’m just wrong (again…)?

In his book and in the conversation we’ve recorded, James moves the argument from beliefs and faith, to the arena of mathematical proof.  He shows how the work of Hilbert, Gödel and Turing (among many others), which formed the basis of digital computing in the last century, also holds the key to understanding its limitations.

The good news is that creativity and free will remain something we can reserve for ourselves – and to prove it, I woke up this morning and decided to write this post, and I made up which words to use and the order in which I put them.  I think.

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Buy the book!

PS if you like talking about this stuff and you’re near London, you can join in the conversation at Future of Work: Artificial Intelligence on November 10th.