All Turtles Podcast Episode 5: Raging Bull

Machine learning has shown the capacity to amplify our cultural and gender biases. Addressing the problem begins with admitting it exists. Join Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega as they discuss ways to limit the impact of language that reinforces stereotypes. They also introduce a new segment called, “Maybe it’s kinda bullshit?” which in this episode casts a skeptical eye on personalization. They evaluate the utility of intelligent assistants from the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook. Google, and Microsoft, and explain that not all startups should go international.

Show notes

Gender bias (00:56)

Man is to Computer Programmer as Woman is to Homemaker? Debiasing Word Embeddings

Reference Software’s Grammatik


Friday Night Lights

Personalization: Maybe it’s kinda bullshit? (15:35)

Yahoo personalized home page

Personalized, sartorial splendor:

Image credit: Carlos Rocafort IV

Listener questions

Please rate the intelligent assistants from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft (29:30)

Is New York the new Silicon Valley? (32:00)

When should startups expand internationally? (34:36)

Everyday interactions with AI

A non-intuitive shortcut on Digit, a passive savings tool (36:09)

A wine club that uses AI-based recommendations (39:19)

iOS update includes male and female versions for CEO emoji (43:10)

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