Conversations with Fabulously Smart People

The best part of my job is getting to sit down with smart people and talk about what inspires them. I hope these conversations inspire you.

Charlie jane anders

Charlie Jane Anders is the award-winning author of All the Birds in the Sky, Choir Boy, and The City in the Middle of the Night. She is also the co-host of Our Opinions are Correct and formerly a writer at io9, a site dedicated to science, science fiction, and fantasy. We talked about All the Birds in the Sky, writing, empathy, tidally-locked planets, and the future.

kashmir hill

Kashmir Hill is a reporter and a self-described “Privacy Pragmatist.” You’ve probably already heard about her incredible reporting project where she took six weeks to find out if she could remove the tech giants from her life. We talked about the technical and emotional difficulties of cutting the giants out of your life as well as what you sacrifice and what you gain when you give up Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook.

Meredith Broussard

Meredith Broussard is a professor, a data journalist, a programmer and author of the book Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. We talked about technochauvinism, the digital divide, the math you need to be a programmer, artificial intelligence, and how humans at the helm of machines might be our best path forward.


Jeremy Burge, emoji historian, founder/chief emoji officer at Emojipedia and creator of World Emoji Day answers all of my burning emoji questions. We talk about how and why he started Emojipedia, Unicode, cross-platform problems, and other emojiemergencies. Also, find out if he can name every emoji in existence.

Alex Glow

Alex Glow is a maker, a creator, and an excellent explainer for in San Francisco. I first learned of Alex’s work when I read about Archimedes, aka Archie, her robot familiar that can judge your emotions. We chat about Archie and her other creations, Noisebridge and how to create your own hacker space.

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