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Tech Hygiene

Summary: John Biggs talks to the greatest minds in tech, history, philosophy, and art about why the future won't be awful. Technotopia is a podcast about a better future. It appears every Friday at Noon Eastern.

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 S1 Ep101: A very special episode with Paul Vigna and Michael Casey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3036

While I realize another podcast about ICOs might be a bit much I had the unique opportunity to sit down with Paul Vigna and Michael Casey to talk about their new book, Truth Machine, and the future of finance. It's a wide-ranging discussion and I hope you enjoy it. There is even a nice Q&A at the end.

 S1 Ep100: We talk Bitcoin and token sales with reporter Paul Vigna | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1304

Paul Vigna has been writing about crypto for years and his new book, [The Truth Machine](, focuses on the blockchain, the network that runs the bitcoin network. In this episode of Technotopia we talk about the technology and where it's headed.

 S1 Ep99: Tinkerer Jonathan Zufi talks about design and Escape From New York | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 990

Jonathan Zufi obsesses about cool stuff. His latest product, the [LifeClock One,]( is an obsessive recreation of the LifeClock watch from Escape From New York and his book, [Iconic](, is a fascinating look at Apple products from beginning to end. In short, he knows a lot about cool stuff. Join us as we talk about design, art, and the future of dystopian fiction.

 S1 Ep98: Why investor Jalak Jobanputra is betting big on crypto | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1453

When investor and entrepreneur Jalak Jobanputra first visited a blockchain conference five years ago she got goosebumps. The experienced investor had heard of cryptocurrencies but now that they had truly come into maturity she was excited. Now, five years later, she's building her entire VC practice around blockchain and sees bright days ahead for the technology. Join us as we talk about the future of blockchain and where she feels the technology is headed.

 S1 Ep97: Meet the coolest computer in the world with Brian Dear | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2298

The PLATO computing system started out as an early educational tool in the early 1960s. The system, which launched well outside of Silicon Valley, captured the hearts and minds of thousands of early hackers and I spoke to Brian Dear, author of [The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture](The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture) about the platform and his deep research into early computing. It's a fascinating discussion.

 S1 Ep96: Former State Senator Jeremy Ring talks about politics and Yahoo! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1316

Jeremy Ring was an early employee at Yahoo as well as a State Senator. In this episode of Technotopia we talk about his book, [We Were Yahoo](, and what politics can learn from tech.

 S1 Ep95: Author Nick Montfort talks about the softer side of the future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1522

Nick Montfort is a professor in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing and the author of a new book, “The Future.” His book explores "future makers" - people who create the future with their work. It's a fascinating read and he's a fascinating thinker in the space.

 S1 Ep94: Business reporter Elizabeth Dunn talks about the future of food | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1251

Elizabeth Dunn has been researching and writing about the business of restaurants and her recent pieces are a fascinating look at where we're headed in the world of food. We talk about the winners and losers in the coming war for our tummies.

 S1 Ep93: Unbound's Polly Rodriguez tells us about the future of sexuality | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1220

Polly Rodriguez is the co-founder and CEO of Unbound, an ecommerce site dedicated to women's sexuality. In this episode we talk about the future of human to human contact and what happens when you look beyond the cliches.

 S1 Ep92: Monty Barlow talks about the future of AI | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1242

Machine learning expert has some fascinating things to say about the coming AI explosion and how we're more likely to see armies of smart systems rather than a unified artificial intelligence.

 S1 Ep91: ICYMI - Jameson Lopp | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1328

Lopp is my favorite thinker in cryptocurrency and the information he shared with me back in 2016 is still applicable today. Take a listen as we gear up for fresh episodes in the new year.

 S1 Ep90: Leslie Berlin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1164

S1 Ep90: Leslie Berlin

 S1 Ep89: Tobias Stone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1128

This week on Technotopia we talk to writer Tobias Stone whose focus on the future is tinged by lessons of the past. It's a fascinating discussion with a fascinating thinker.

 S1 Ep88: ICYMI - Rahul Sood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1262

In this episode we talk to Rahul Sood, founder of Unikrn and creator of one of the most successful recent US ICOs.

 S1 Ep87: James Williams | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1518

James Williams is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. He studies the ethics of attention and persuasion in technology design and spoke with us about the rise of attention-grabbing advertising and media and how we can fight back against the onslaught.


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