Katy Cook on ABC’s Future Tense Podcast

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This past Sunday, I was thrilled to be a guest on ABC’s Future Tense podcast, nerding out on all things tech, psychology, and ethics. Future Tense’s brilliant host, Antony Funnell, and I discussed a bunch of ideas from The Psychology of Silicon Valley and had a ton of fun in the process.

Just a few of the things we covered:

  • The historical identity of Silicon Valley as a place of innovation, intellectualism, wealth, and prosperity
  • How computer programmers’ skills were profiled by psychologists in the 1960s (and labeled as anti-social) and how this continues to impact the hiring and demographics of the tech industry
  • Solutionism, exceptionalism, and the “tech knows best” mindset
  • Why emotional intelligence matters so much in tech
  • Why we have to figure out our values before we can design ethical frameworks
  • How to balance technological and social progress
  • Why we have every reason to think we can steer the tech industry in a more ethical and socially responsibly direction

Give it a listen and drop a comment below!



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