Episode 19: Quarantine Diaries

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Julie Samra: Hello…? Laurie Segall: Hi. Julie Samra: Hi! I’m Julie. Laurie Segall: I’m Laurie. I love… this is my quarantine call. Julie Samra: Where are you? Laurie Segall: I’m- I’m in New York. I’ve been in self isolation so I signed up for this. Out of my own … Continue reading Episode 19: Quarantine Diaries

Episode 18: It’s “Boss Level Mode” Time: Remote Work Pioneer Matt Mullenweg On Staying Productive

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Matt Mullenweg: It’s worth saying that this is kind of boss level mode in that this is the hardest version of working from home that you could imagine, because a lot of people might have kids or they didn’t really have a chance to prepare for this. Laurie Segall: … Continue reading Episode 18: It’s “Boss Level Mode” Time: Remote Work Pioneer Matt Mullenweg On Staying Productive

Episode 16: Coronavirus: The Rise of Isolation Tech

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Zander Shapiro: The last chance to pull people back from this digital bubble, is now. If people don’t do it now, it’s gone, right? There’s gonna be a moment where you’re gonna go into a hundred percent digital state for a period of time because of a version of … Continue reading Episode 16: Coronavirus: The Rise of Isolation Tech

How a “Troll Farm Field Trip” Helped Russians Pose As Americans Online

We’ve heard a lot about Russia’s attempts to influence the American political process… Internet trolls, often posing as Americans, trying to create chaos. But it’s not just a couple guys behind keyboards, Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) employed hundreds of people, using fake online identities, all working in unison… A troll farm. Read an edited transcript below, or listen to the full interview on the First … Continue reading How a “Troll Farm Field Trip” Helped Russians Pose As Americans Online

“Empathy, today, is a critical component of cybersecurity”

Camille Francois is an expert in cyber conflict. As Graphika’s chief innovation officer, she helps major companies identify and fight online disinformation. Her team was a big part of uncovering the extent of Russian influence during the 2016 election. But surprisingly, Camille says it’s not just her technical skills that give her an edge… Read an edited transcript below, or listen to the full interview … Continue reading “Empathy, today, is a critical component of cybersecurity”

Are Troll Farms Backing U.S. Political Candidates?

Camille Francois studies trolls for a living. She’s the chief innovation officer at Graphika — a social media analytics firm hired by major companies to identify and fight online disinformation. Her team was a big part of uncovering the extent of Russian influence during the 2016 election. Read an edited transcript below, or listen to the full interview on the First Contact podcast. I am worried … Continue reading Are Troll Farms Backing U.S. Political Candidates?

Episode 15: Inside the Minds of Trolls

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Camille Francois: I talk to trolls and hackers who, uh, made a living doing, uh, disinformation, and propaganda for hire. People who said, “Initially I joined because I wanted to do campaign messaging for, you know, for my candidate to win. And then Iwoke up and I was just … Continue reading Episode 15: Inside the Minds of Trolls

Why 9/11 Inspired Trae Stephens to Work on the Future of Defense Tech

Trae Stephens is a co-founder of Anduril. It’s a defense tech company valued at around a billion dollars. But what inspires a man to work on technologies that could shape the future of defense — and war — for years to come? Trae tells Laurie Segall it can all be traced back to a single day in his childhood — 9/11. Read an edited transcript … Continue reading Why 9/11 Inspired Trae Stephens to Work on the Future of Defense Tech

AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?

Anduril is a company focused on building technologies for the future of defense — and war. Tech like covert drones that could bring medical supplies to a battlefield, or a virtual wall that could be used to monitor the US’s southern border. But adding AI to the equation creates increasingly complicated ethical dilemmas. You can start to imagine scenarios where computers are making decisions more … Continue reading AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?

Episode 14: AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?

First Contact with Laurie Segall is a production of Dot Dot Dot Media and iHeart Radio. Laurie Segall: I guess, I come back to this line, maybe it’s a little dramatic, but it’s like AI to kill or not to kill, right? Like this idea that you guys could be building out autonomous systems that can make the decision to, to kill. Um, will you … Continue reading Episode 14: AI: To Kill or Not to Kill?