Sharp Tech with Ben Thompson

By Andrew Sharp and Ben Thompson

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A podcast about understanding how tech works and the way it is changing the world. Hosted by Andrew Sharp with Ben Thompson.

Episode Date
Mailbag: Apple Privacy Counterpoint, Covid and Content Moderation, Phoenix Suns Sale, Justice for Gamers
User agency within Apple's ATT landscape, what Covid can teach us about the risks of regulating content moderation, whether AI fears spawned by The Terminator are reasonable, interrogating Andrew's gamer logic.
Sep 29, 2022
Nvidia Backlash and the China Conundrum
Why the internet is upset after Nvidia's Ada Lovelace announcement, the perfect storm of the past 12 months, a bet on AI inside and outside of gaming. Then, the calculus for Apple and Nvidia as tensions rise between China and the U.S.
Sep 27, 2022
Mailbag: Adobe and Antitrust, Engagement Quality vs. Quantity, The Cult of Musk, Porcupine Lore
Adobe-Figma antitrust questions, the pluses and minuses of ignoring user complaints, how Twitter hype led to real infrastructure at Tesla, a word about porcupines.
Sep 22, 2022
Introducing Sharp Tech
Ben and Andrew discuss the origins of the podcast, their own backgrounds, and why they’re excited about making this show.
Sep 20, 2022
What AI Is Today and What It Might Be Tomorrow
New AI image generators hint at a decentralized future, newspapers vs. the internet as an analogy for what’s next, potential implications for white collar workers, and how Steve Ballmer can help Apple.
Sep 13, 2022
Google-as-Government and Netflix vs. HBO Max
A Google enforcement strategy gone awry, the pluses and minuses of horizontal integration, and the common thread among most big tech complaints. Then, the downsides of Netflix’s binge model.
Aug 24, 2022
Apple's Privacy Power Play and TikTok Concerns
Apple’s emphasis on privacy and the competitive advantages that come with it. Then, the varied concerns surrounding TikTok’s emerging dominance in culture.
Aug 17, 2022
Meta’s Murky Future and the Transformed New York Times
The future of Facebook and Instagram in the TikTok era, Instagram's shifting priorities, and stated preference vs. revealed preference. Then, the new era of the New York Times.
Aug 11, 2022
CHIPS History and Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit
A brief history of semiconductors in the US and Taiwan, what the CHIPS act can and can’t fix, and why the legislation is probably a good idea regardless. Then, reactions to Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
Aug 04, 2022