All Turtles Podcast Episode 12: Easy Rider

We check in with Ken Inoue, general manager of All Turtles Tokyo, who explains that being regarded as a “bent nail” can be a good thing. Ken also discusses the “black ships” phenomenon and tells us that Japan is a pun-loving nation. Your hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega share encounters with everyday AI when using Safari on mobile, seeking information on Michelangelo, or going for a mountain bike ride with Strava. Along the way, they answer questions about AI taking jobs and startups with .ai URL suffixes.

Show notes

Everyday interactions with AI

Auto-suggested Google searches within iOS — Phil (2:02)

Michelangelo at the Met or Uber Michelangelo? — Blaise (3:05)

Strava as a ride-partner finding service — Jessica (4:35)

Conversation with Ken Inoue, general manager of All Turtles Tokyo (7:41)

The nail that sticks out shall be hammered down” (12:30)

Japanese politicians force colleague with baby to leave chamber (20:43)

Black Ships (25:08)

Phil’s three sentences to drop into everyday conversation:

  1. “I’m spending this week working out of the Tokyo office.”
  2. Set the controls for the heart of the sun” — Pink Floyd
  3. Fire the explosive bolts!” — Dr. Strangelove


Listener questions

AI will kill jobs. What can we do about? (32:48)

The number of startups with .ai URL suffixes doubled in 2017. Is this evidence of AI hype? (38:54)


How we come up with episode titles (45:10)

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