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How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t work in tech?
I write about all things emerging tech, especially the tech that connects us and our world. That includes the obvious candidates—think the internet, mobile networks, and wi-fi—but also the unexpected. (Online cows, anybody?)
What technologies are you most optimistic about? Least? And why?
I love the prospect of moving away from fossil fuels for transportation, and electric vehicles have my attention. As I recently wrote in a Tech Brew essay, there’s definitely an intimidation factor if you’re a first-time EV driver, but the basics are relatively simple to master. Now that I’m familiar with EV charging etiquette, my next rental will likely be electric.
I’m still not sold on the metaverse. I can understand the appeal of fun, immersive experiences like the palm-sweat-inducing rock-climbing game my brother introduced me to on Oculus, or the utter shenanigans you can get up to in PokerStars VR (stop stealing my cigars, man!). But making VR headsets a fixture of corporate technology? I’m not ready to sit in a virtual conference room sipping virtual coffee.
What’s the best tech-related media you read/watch/listen to?
If you, like me, probably spend too much time scrolling Instagram, I’d highly recommend listening to Jo Piazza’s Under the Influence podcast. It offers a fascinating breakdown of the platforms and economics that enable momfluencers to commoditize traditional womanhood and family life—and the sometimes-dubious ethics behind it.
I also had a blast watching Valley of the Boom, a miniseries that explores early internet drama of the ’90s, including the web browser wars and the Microsoft antitrust trial. Lest you think I don’t read, I really enjoyed John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood, about the rise and fall of Theranos.
What’s something about you we can’t guess from your LinkedIn profile?
I became a video-game girlie during the throes of the pandemic. Got any cozy Switch game recs? Good Zelda trivia? Pics of your Animal Crossing island? Send ’em my way.
What do you think about when you’re not thinking about tech?
Taylor Swift. I’ve been listening to her music since the early country-twang days, and it’s been amazing to watch her artistry evolve. The Swiftie heyday we’re living in now is something my Fearless-era self couldn’t imagine (not even in my wildest dreams).