Category Business and Philosophy

Automation with Haseeb Qureshi and Quincy Larson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/roundtable_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Suddenly, automation is changing our world faster than anyone anticipated. For technologists, the world is becoming convenient and high-leverage. For non-technologists, the job market is evaporating. Haseeb Qureshi and Quincy Larson join me for a roundtable discussion on automation, jobs, and artificial intelligence. Haseeb and I have had numerous discussions about this topic before, and Quincy is the founder of Free Code Camp,

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CRISPR with Geoff Ralston

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/crispr_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download CRISPR is a technique for altering the human genome. It might be the most powerful tool for biological modification that we have ever discovered. In this episode, we explore CRISPR: how it works, why it exists in the natural world, and the implications for being able to modify DNA so easily. Geoff Ralston is a partner at Y-Combinator. He wrote an article entitled

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Washington Post Engineering with Jarrod Dicker

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/wapo_edited_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Washington Post was acquired by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2013. Since then, the newspaper has started thinking more like a software company, opting to build new software rather than buy off-the-shelf third party solutions. Arc Publishing is a CMS built by The Washington Post to produce and display content. When you visit washingtonpost.com, you are viewing a site built with Arc

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Topic Roundtable with Courtland Allen and Caleb Meredith

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/RoundtablewithCalebandCourtland.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Software Engineering Daily examines the world through the lens of software engineering. In most episodes, an expert in a particular topic joins the show as a guest, and we go into deep technical detail. Occasionally we like to do episodes where we survey a collection of topics. In today’s topic roundtable, Caleb Meredith and Courtland Allen join me for a discussion of several

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Kenya Mobile Payments with George Gachui

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/kenyapay_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most people in Africa never had a desktop computer. The first computer they owned was a smart phone. This is why Africa is referred to as a “leap frog” place with regard to computers–Africa leapfrogged the desktop to the smart phone. The banking system in Africa also followed a trajectory that is different than the West. Westerners are used to banking on their

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Political Bots with Samuel Woolley

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/politicalbots_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Bots on the internet can be malicious, helpful, and everything in between. A bot that responds to all of your tweets might call you a socialist–that is malicious. Google crawls the web to index Google search. That is helpful. Social media marketing bots schedule 200 Twitter posts to go out throughout the day. That is either a little annoying or a little helpful

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Complacency with Tyler Cowen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/complacency_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Engineers in Silicon Valley see a world of constant progress. Our work is creative and intellectually challenging. We are building the future and getting compensated quite well for it. But what if we are actually achieving far less than what is possible? What if, after so many years of high margins, gourmet lunch, and self-flattery, we have lowered our standards for innovation? And

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Listener Q&A

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/qanda_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode, I gathered questions from listeners in our Slack channel and Twitter feed. The questions I answered include: How and when do you see yourself leaving SE Daily? What is your personal opinion on Facebook’s Internet.org initiative? How does the defense industry affect software engineering? How can a programmer learn to deeply understand code? We always want more feedback and questions. Please

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Amazon and Uber with Brad Stone

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/upstarts_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Big technology companies have so much going on at any given time that a journalist can tell any type of story they want to about it. Depending on what angle you observe the company from, you can write a story depicting that company as good, evil, growing, or about to crash. The truth only becomes apparent to outsiders with time. Amazon’s culture and

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Product Development with Cullen Zandstra

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ProductDevelopment.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Developing a product requires careful balance between engineering, sales, design, and customer service. The founding CTO of a company often needs to take on each of these responsibilities, because when the company only has a few people there is nobody to delegate these different tasks to. Cullen Zandstra is the CTO at FloQast, a SaaS tool for accounting close management. It isn’t important

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Net Neutrality with Quincy Larson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/NetNeutrality.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers and governments regulating the internet should treat all data on the internet the same. Debates around Net Neutrality can be as contentious as subjects like global warming, or tabs vs. spaces. To a hardcore free market economist, Net Neutrality sounds suspicious. Why would it be good for the government to regulate prices on the

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Wearables with Asta Roseway

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Wearables.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Wearables have become more accessible to the public. Snap’s spectacles, Google Glass, FitBit, and Apple Watch suggest a future in which many people will be wearing a smart device. In this episode Asta Roseway, Research Designer at Microsoft Research, gives insights into other categories of wearables like tattoos, scarves, and cosmetics. Asta talked about her work on DuoSkin, a wearable that looks like

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Cloud Native Investing with Lenny Pruss

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/CloudNativeComputing.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Making the right engineering choices in today’s wide landscape of cloud technologies is hard. Predicting the future in order to invest in companies in this space has the same level of complexity. The cost of cloud computing is going down but the volume of total required space and processing power is going up. The open source community is growing and improving but people

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Prototype Manufacturing with Jeff McAlvay

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/manufacturing_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Manufacturing electronics is not a simple task and because of its complexity it is also quite expensive. Companies like Apple are able to pull their costs down through economies of scale. Since Apple is always placing huge bulk orders on chips, sensors, and other components, the company can get lower prices for those components than an individual hardware hacker that wants to build

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Equity Compensation with Joshua Levy and Joe Wallin

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Equity_Compensation.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download When an engineer is offered a job a tech company, their compensation is often partly in cash and partly in equity–shares of the company. How should an engineer evaluate that offer? How should they negotiate? In the world of equity compensation, costly and avoidable mistakes are routine, and this hurts both companies and employees. Josh Levy was on Software Engineering Daily previously to

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Convergence with Haseeb Qureshi

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Convergence_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download At the first Software Engineering Daily Meetup, the speakers explored a range of topics. A few weeks ago, we published Courtland Allen’s talk about how to build a small software business. In today’s episode, we are publishing Haseeb Qureshi’s talk, called “Everything That Rises Must Converge: Why Engineers Disagree About Everything (And Why Fraudsters Do Too).” This talk explores philosophy, poker, software engineering,

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Technically Sentient with Rob May

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/AIwithRobMay.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The impact of artificial intelligence on our everyday lives will be so profound that our modern institutions will change completely. Employment, government, romance, social norms–all of these things will be upended. To see the signs of this coming, you no longer have to read science fiction. Every week, there are blog posts, news stories, and videos chronicling our strange, exciting time. Rob May

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Where Machines Go to Learn with Auren Hoffman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/MLwithAuren.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you wanted to build a machine learning model to understand human health, where would you get the data? A hospital database would be useful, but privacy laws make it difficult to disclose that patient data to the public. In order to publicize the data safely, you would have to anonymize it, so that a patient’s identity could not be derived from data

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Data Applications With Dave King

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/DataApps.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Data scientists need flexible interfaces for displaying and manipulating data sets. Data engineers need to be able to visualize how their data pipelines wire together databases and data processing frameworks. DevOps engineers need dashboards to understand their monitoring data at a high level. All of these programmers are building data applications. Data applications let us visualize and manipulate data sets effectively. In today’s

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Engineering Management with Mike Borozdin

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/managementwithmike_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Engineering managers face a different set of problems than engineers themselves. Whether they are hiring new employees, firing underperformers, or guiding a team of existing engineers, engineering management is all about people. Empathy is paramount because management is like being a professional therapist for the members of your team. Mike Borozdin has been managing engineers for more than a decade and blogs about

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