Best Tech Podcasts This Week – 12/12/22

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled a list of the best new tech podcasts released in the last week (as of the time of writing):

“On cybercrime forums, user complaints about being duped may accidentally expose their real identities.”

“The insurance industry thrives on data from utilizing data and analytics to determine policy rates for customers to working with relevant partners in the industry to improve their products and services, data is embedded in everything that insurance companies do.

But insurance companies also have a number of hurdles to overcome, whether it’s transitioning legacy data into new processes and technology, balancing new projects and models with ever-changing regulatory standards, and balancing the ethical considerations of how to best utilize data without resulting in unintended consequences for the end user.

That’s why we’ve brought Rob Reynolds onto the show. Rob is the VP and Chief Data & Analytics Officer at W. R. Berkley, a multinational insurance holding company specializing in property and casualty insurance. Rob brings over two decades of experience in Data Science, IT, and technology leadership, with a particular expertise in building departments and establishing highly functioning teams, especially in highly dynamic environments.

In this episode, we talk in-depth about how insurance companies utilize data, the most important skills for anyone looking for data science jobs in the insurance industry, why the need for thoughtful criticism is growing in data science, and how an expertise in communication will put you ahead of the pack.”

“In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk through the various rendering methods in use today and the pros / cons of each.”

“Last week, officials in San Francisco decided to scrap a plan that would have allowed law enforcement to use robots in situations that may require “deadly force.” Specifically, according to the language of the ordinance that the city’s board of supervisors initially approved, when “risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and outweighs any other force option available.” The plan was rolled back after a public backlash, but the technology is out there and it may be just a matter of time before it’s used by local police departments. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams spoke with Ryan Jenkins, a professor of philosophy and senior fellow at the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. There’s a concern, he said, that the deployment of robots would lower barriers to the use of force, making violence a more common occurrence in police work.”

“Passengers can talk on the phone while flying, watch out for a festive wine scam, Amazon wants to monitor your sleep and how to find out future traffic conditions months in advance. Plus, how to stop AirTag stalkers on Android, see a site’s website traffic, use a hotel room TV to charge your devices and more tech tips.”

“This week on The Exit: Scott had the elusive unicorn exit when he sold Workfront to Adobe for $1.5 billion. From teaching seminary, his career took a dramatic turn when he fell into marketing, before teaching himself to code in the very early days of the internet. He soon found himself frustrated with the administration of marketing, so Scott created Workfront, a project management software. Listen to find out how the business grew, eventually being acquired by Adobe in a 3 week negotiation.

Scott Johnson founded Workfront, which is now Adobe Workfront after the acquisition from Adobe for $1.5 billion. Adobe Workfront is the leader in enterprise work. What it provides to companies is a single system to support planning, collaboration, and governance to unlock organizational productivity and create exceptional experiences. Scott is now focused on his current company Motivosity. Their goal is to help companies drive engagement and retention by helping employees be happy about going to work with their best-in-class employee recognition software platform.”

“With no formal training in business or computer design, Nelson Gonzalez and his cofounders decided to do what almost no other company was doing in the mid-1990’s: make personal computers specifically for gaming. They started as a tiny custom shop in Miami, and eventually began building PC’s for avid gamers, who were willing to pay top dollar for higher speed, better graphics, and a brightly-colored chassis that looked like the head of an Alien. Despite ongoing challenges with sourcing parts and getting loans, Alienware became one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. In 2006, it was purchased by Dell for an undisclosed amount, and remains one of the most popular gaming PC’s in the country.”

“Canadian politicians are angry about changes to AirDrop on behalf of Chinese citizens. Wait’ll they hear what’s going to happen to Canadians! Also, Twitter Blue is a thing again. TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts joins Ken to talk it all over.”

“The recent exit of Salesforce’s co-CEO Bret Taylor wasn’t long planned, according to people familiar with the matter, who say it was fueled by tensions with the company’s co-founder and other co-CEO Marc Benioff. WSJ reporter Emily Glazer joins host Zoe Thomas to explain what went down and what it means for the software giant’s future.”

“What will hold you back from achieving what you want to achieve in your future? How do you imagine your future, and what do you assume will keep you from going further? In today’s episode, we’ll do a visualization exercise to help understand the assumptions we make about our own problems and flaws, and why avoidance isn’t helping us grow.”