Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Color of Facebook: A Look at Discrimination Through Tech Platforms

“Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race.” “Study Finds Some Uber and Lyft Drivers Racially Discriminate.” These headlines are disheartening, to say the least. With technological advancements come so many great things that make our lives more convenient, efficient, and fun. And yet, our deep seeded societal biases may threaten to dismantle the positive things that these […]

Making Mountains out of Moonshots

In these 30 seconds, President John F. Kennedy visioned the original moonshot. Today it’s the job of the Director of Google X, (fortuitously named) Astro Teller, to keep developing these out-of-this-world ideas…and shoot down plenty of spaceships along the way.     So, asks the Wall Street Journal, “How do [these] big ideas get turned […]

The Digitization of Education

The other week while at the Google office in Cambridge, a student asked a senior manager what industry he thought technology would disrupt next. His response was education. He explained how the cost of higher education can not continue to rise as it has and he thought technology would totally redefine it in the coming […]

The other side of the Facebook wall. The Digital Gap.

I am going to talk about a topic that, at least in my experience, has not been given the importance it should have, both politically and academically. I never see this on the news and I haven treated this topic in class neither, but the digital gap is actually, in my opinion, one of the […]

The Software You’ve Never Heard of That IBM Predicts Will Have A Billion Users By The End of Next Year

IBM’s ‘Watson’ artificial intelligence software is currently at the forefront of cognitive computing. It was first thrown into the spotlight of the public eye when it beat a human being in a jeopardy episode in 2011 but it has come a long way since then. Up until now, most artificial intelligence software systems have been […]

An Interview with a Fintech #GirlBoss

If you had the chance to read my last blog about the Forbes Under 30 Summit, you might remember this iconic picture of one of my friends, Rebecca Liebman, and Ashton Kutcher. Believe it or not, Rebecca is actually even cooler than she looks in this picture. LearnLux: Your New Guide to Personal Finance Rebecca co-founded […]

What’s Black and White and Read All Over…Not Twitter

It’s time for us social media fanatics to come to terms with the fact that we just don’t consume news the way we used to. In light of new, more interactive, entertaining social media apps, older platforms (even Twitter) are becoming outdated as contemporary new sources. A 2015 Boston Globe article blames a decline in Twitter’s user growth […]