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What Next: TBD | Tech, power, and the future

Slate Podcasts

Every Friday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in. read less

Our Editor's Take

What Next: TBD | Tech, power, and the future is a tech news podcast from Slate. This is a straightforward and informative podcast about the tech industry. Lizzie O'Leary hosts some episodes, and Emily Peck hosts others. Each episode features a different guest who is knowledgeable about that show's topic.

Slate reporter Vittoria Elliot is the guest on a show about "the glass cliff." This refers to when a company appoints a white woman or marginalized person to a leadership role. It happens when the company requires significant change. This can happen when a tech platform is in crisis.

Technology and culture writer Kathryn Lindsay is on a different episode. She and Emily discuss the ethics of how parents use social media. Algorithms are making it so that more people are consuming content than ever. When people share a video of their child having a tantrum, thousands of people could see it. Kathryn mentions that this is more of a problem with TikTok, which is discovery-based. This means that people don't only see content from the people they follow. Triggering an algorithm could mean a big audience, even for someone with no followers.

As technology evolves, more ethical questions arise. Another episode of What Next: TBD | Tech, power, and the future is about how AI could replace actors. Slate writer Heather Tal Murphy talks to Lizzie about ways this technology could be harmful. For example, companies could use AI to make it look like people who don't work for them do work for them. Anyone who wanted to could give the illusion that their company is more diverse than it is. Actors may also be afraid of AI replacing them.

There is a good balance of news and discussion, with little personal conversation. This podcast is for someone who knows about tech and wants to stay current with tech news. What Next: TBD | Tech, power, and the future drops new episodes several times a week.

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