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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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Zencastr with Josh Nielsen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ZencastrEngineering.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download There are certain experiences when a product solves a problem so thoroughly and elegantly that it lifts a weight off of your shoulders that you didn’t even know was there. Dropbox did this with file storage. Slack did this with group collaboration. Zencastr does this for recording podcasts. Before I used Zencastr to record my podcasts, like most podcasters, I used a Skype

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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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WebAssembly with Brendan Eich

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/brendan-eich_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Brendan Eich created the first version of JavaScript in 10 days. Since then JavaScript has evolved, and Brendan has watched the growth of the web give rise to new and unexpected use cases. Today Brendan Eich is still pushing the web forward across the technology stack with his involvement in the WebAssembly specification and the Brave browser. For all of its progress, JavaScript

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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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Failure Injection with Kolton Andrus

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/gremlin_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Servers in a data center fail. Sometimes entire data centers have a power outage. Bugs in an application make it into production. Human operators make mistakes and cause data to be deleted. Failure is unavoidable. We make backups and replicate our servers so that when a failure occurs, we can quickly respond to it without making the user feel much pain. But how

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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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Service Proxying with Matt Klein

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Envoy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most tech companies are moving toward a highly distributed microservices architecture. In this architecture, services are decoupled from each other and communicate with a common service language, often JSON over HTTP. This provides some standardization, but these companies are finding that more standardization would come in handy. At the ridesharing company Lyft, every internal service runs a tool called Envoy. Envoy is a

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The End of Cloud Computing with Peter Levine

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/endofcloud_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cloud computing has pushed computation away from our own private servers and into virtual machines running on a data center. In the world of cloud computing, processing is centralized in these data centers, and our smartphone and laptop application performance suffers from having high latency between the client and the cloud server. As machine learning proliferates, the current model of cloud computing will

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Reality with Donald Hoffman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/realitywithdonaldhoffman_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download What is the relationship between your brain and your conscious experiences? This is is the fundamental question of the work of Donald Hoffman, a professor of computer science and cognitive science at UC Irvine. When Hoffman was a child, he wondered whether there was a cognitive dividing line between humans and machines, and that curiosity has driven him to his current work–building a

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Making Money Online for Software Engineers with Courtland Allen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Courtland_Meetup_Talk_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Engineers today have a variety of career options. You could go work for a large corporation, you could raise money and start a startup, you could freelance and move from job to job with freedom–or you could start a business with the goal of quickly becoming profitable. Courtland Allen was a guest on Software Engineering Daily a few months ago, when he discussed

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Startup Engineering with Mike Wolfe

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/mikewolfe_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the 1990s, the barriers to starting a company were significant. Not only did you need an idea, you needed $200,000 for servers and Oracle licenses. With cloud computing, the up-front financial costs of getting a company off the ground have been mostly eliminated–but the idea of starting a company is still perceived as risky. The process of building software has changed dramatically

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Bot Memorial with Eugenia Kuyda

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/botmemorial_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download When a human passes away, we create a tombstone as a memorial. Friends and family visit a grave to remember the times they had with that person while they were still alive. Memorial bots are another way to celebrate the life of someone who has passed away. A memorial bot is created by taking the messages sent by a deceased person and passing

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Algorithms to Live By with Brian Christian

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/algorithms_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download When you are deciding who to marry, you are using an algorithm. The same is true when you are looking for a parking space, playing a game of poker, or deciding whether or not to organize your closet. Algorithms To Live By is a book about the computer science of human decisions. It offers strategies for how to think through everyday life like

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Robot Lawyer with Joshua Browder

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/robotlawyer_edited_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download You have probably received a parking ticket that you felt was unfair,   but instead of fighting it, you paid the expensive price to get rid of it quickly. Fighting a parking ticket sounds like it would be so time consuming that it is a better decision to just pay for it. When Joshua Browder was faced with this situation, his response was different.

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Debugging Stories with Haseeb Qureshi

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/debuggingstories_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Everyone has debugging stories. We have all had the experience of wrestling with a seemingly impossible bug for days until we finally come to a solution. In today’s episode, Haseeb Qureshi retells some of his favorite debugging stories: The case of the 500-mile email, Debugging Behind the Iron Curtain, and My Hardest Bug Ever.

Winning With Data with Tomasz Tunguz

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/winningwithdata_edited_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Large technology companies have no shortage of data. But raw data itself does not provide a competitive advantage. Many companies are bottlenecked by a shortage of data scientists who can query that data effectively. This results in an organizational dysfunction where people lining up to ask questions of the data science team are unable to move as fast as they want to. Tomasz

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AWS Open Guide with Joshua Levy

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/awsguide_edited_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Amazon Web Services changed the economics of building an internet application. Instead of having to invest tens of thousands of dollars up front for hardware, developers can pay for services over time as their application scales. As AWS has grown to be a gigantic platform, the documentation about how to use cloud infrastructure has become insufficient. As an answer to this, Joshua Levy

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Reflections of an Old Programmer with Ben Northrop

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/oldprogrammerreflections_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ben Northrop was sitting at a tech conference, listening to a presentation about a new piece of technology, when he was struck by the sense that history was repeating itself. For the twenty years that Ben has worked as a software engineer, he has been hearing about new technologies that claim they will be able to disrupt everything, and he has relentlessly been

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Legacy Code with Andrea Goulet

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/legacycode_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Legacy code is code without automated tests. Most companies have lots of legacy code, and most developers don’t like working on legacy code. Why is that? What is it that makes legacy code so difficult to work with? And why does a large amount of legacy code slow down an organization so severely? Andrea Goulet is the CEO of Corgibytes, a consultancy that

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