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  1. Humane Tech - Episode 4: Down the Rabbit Hole by Design

    Episode 4: Down the Rabbit Hole by Design

    When we press play on a YouTube video, we set in motion an algorithm that taps all available data to find the next video that keeps us glued to the screen. Because of its advertising-based business model, YouTube’s top priority is not to help us learn to play the accordion, tie a bow tie, heal an injury, or see a new city — it’s to keep us staring at the screen for as long as possible, regardless of the content. This episode’s guest, AI expert Guillaume Chaslot, helped write YouTube’s recommendation engine and explains how those priorities spin up outrage, conspiracy theories and extremism. After leaving YouTube, Guillaume’s mission became shedding light on those hidden patterns on his website, AlgoTransparency.org, which tracks and publicizes YouTube recommendations for controversial content channels. Through his work, he encourages YouTube to take responsibility for the videos it promotes and aims to give viewers more control.

    We’d love to hear your thoughts. Join a conversation on this episode July 11 or July 15.

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  2. Tech Weekly Podcast: Tech venture capitalist Fred Wilson on SoundCloud | Technology | guardian.co.uk

    This week on Tech Weekly with Aleks Krotoski, tech venture capitalist Fred Wilson discusses his latest investment in SoundCloud. Jemima Kiss, the Guardian’s digital correspondent talks to Wilson about the audio hosting social site and why the site is described as the YouTube of audio.

    Jemima also meets co-founder of Lanyrd.com Simon Willison. Lanyrd.com is an events and conferences information and networking site and one of the many exciting tech start-ups based in London’s Tech City. Simon tells Jemima how a bout of food poisoning and a great idea on his honeymoon led him and his wife to create the company.

    Also Guardian Technology editor, Charles Arthur, joins Aleks to discuss the 20th anniversary of the first SMS text, Syria’s closing down of the internet and why a geo-tagged photo has added to the bizarre story of tech pioneer John McAfee.

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