All Turtles Podcast Episode 30: Antitrust

You may have received a slew of emails about GDPR last week. The new regulations seek to protect users’ privacy and took effect on May 25 across the EU. GDPR has guidelines on how long companies can keep users’ data, how they use it, and how they explain their requests for personal information. And because it’s the “World” Wide Web, standards set in Europe will impact companies everywhere. We also celebrate All Turtles’ one-year anniversary, and respond to suggestions about AI impersonating humans.


Show Notes

Welcome (0:38)

Discussion: GDPR (0:56)

What is GDPR and why should you care? (Wired) (1:53)

Mark Zuckerberg’s apology to the EU (New York Times) (8:55)

Guy Verhofstadt’s comments to Zuckerberg: “As one of the three big internet giants together with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who have enriched our world and societies, or on the other hand, the genius that created a digital monster that is destroying our democracies and our societies. That is a question you have to put to yourself.” (9:43)

Zuckerberg avoided tough questions thanks to short EU question format (TechCrunch) (12:40)

All Turtles’ Anniversary (19:49)

Spot: replace workplace harassment and discrimination without talking to a human (22:31)

Disco: effortless recognition and rewards — appreciate employees right where work happens (22:32)

Butter: the smart, secure way for teammates to search across work apps (22:33)

Taxonomy discussion for early-stage products in episode 28 (23:48)

The Silicon Valley method isn’t enough: a better way to build products


Discussion: Use cases where human-impersonating AI could be beneficial (27:47)

It would be very useful for people who have social anxiety, selective mutism, or other disorders that make it very difficult for them to interact verbally with other people. Having a human-impersonating voice assistant would allow them to practice in a realistic way without feeling these anxieties. (29:48)

Improving interactions of ALS patients. (30:48)

An elderly person in a retirement home who is depressed and needs social interaction may benefit from a human-sounding voice assistant. (31:39)

Listener questions (35:49)

Bank of America is launching a virtual assistant they’re calling Erica. Why are they trying to make Erica sound human? Does the world really need another female voice assistant (e.g. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, etc.)? (36:01)

What’s the role of this podcast in growing your studio? Do you recommend that startups do their own podcasts? (39:28)

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