Let’s Talk about the Techlash! Funny as Tech LIVE SHOW on March 10 in NYC with special guests

Funny as Tech
Feb 5 · 5 min read

Why have we gone from tech adoration to the current techlash? How did we get here, and will the tech industry correct its path?

On Tues, March 10th, Funny as Tech will explore the techlash with some incredible guests who offer tremendous insight into some of the issues facing tech and what we can do to fix them.

Special guests for this sure-to-be-memorable night include Yaël Eisenstat (Visiting Fellow at Cornell Tech in the Digital Life Initiative, former CIA, former Global Head of Elections Integrity Operations in Facebook’s business integrity org), Joe Toscano (author of Automating Humanity, founder of BEACON), & Stephanie Humphrey (Technology Contributor for ABC News). We’ll be kicking the evening off with stand-up by data science comedian Andrea Jones-Rooy!

The freewheeling live panel show happens at 8pm at the Peoples Improv Theater (123 E. 24th Street in Manhattan). The show is being taped for podcast. Reservations can be made HERE.

Funny as Tech is a live panel show and podcast that tackles the thorniest issues in technology…inside a comedy theater. Co-hosted by tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar and comedian Joe Leonardo, Funny as Tech has featured guests including Douglas Rushkoff, Manoush Zomorodi, Chuck Nice, Nir Eyal, Bridget Carey, Baratunde Thurston, Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley, and Laurie Segall.

Join us for this freewheeling panel show where the guests let loose. It is a wonky night out where you can both learn, laugh, and ask questions from our expert panelists.

Yaël Eisenstat

Yaël is a Visiting Fellow at Cornell Tech in the Digital Life Initiative, where she explores technology’s effects on civil discourse and democracy. She has spent 18 years working around the globe as a CIA officer, a national security advisor to Vice President Biden, the Global Head of Elections Integrity Operations in Facebook’s business integrity org, a diplomat, a corporate social responsibility strategist at ExxonMobil, and the head of a global risk firm. Yaël works with governments, tech companies, and investors focused on the intersection of ethics, tech, society, and policy.

Yaël is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and provides context and analysis on technology, national security, and political affairs in the media, as a speaker, and through workshops and seminars. She has been published in the New York Times, TIME, WIRED, Quartz and The Huffington Post, has appeared on BBC World News, CNN, CBS News, PBS and C-SPAN, in policy forums, and on a number of podcasts. Yaël was named to Forbes’ 2017 list of “40 Women to Watch Over 40”.

Joe Toscano

Joe Toscano is an award-winning designer, published author, and international keynote speaker who previously consulted for Google in Mountain View, CA. Joe left because he felt the industry had fundamental flaws — including data and privacy abuses — that needed to be addressed through innovation from the outside. He has since written a book, called Automating Humanity, and started the Better Ethics and Consumer Outcomes Network (BEACON), both of which are focused on increasing technology literacy, discovering opportunities for purpose-driven innovation, and moving communities forward in the age of automation.

His work in privacy and legal design has quickly become one of the most talked about frameworks in the world, being featured and refined through working groups like the World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and more.

Watch his TEDx Talk, “Want to work for Google? You already do,” for a quick summary.

Stephanie Humphrey

Technology and Lifestyle Expert Stephanie Humphrey’s mission in life is to show people how technology can make their lives easier. Stephanie spent two years as the technology contributor to the nationally-syndicated talk show The Harry Show, hosted by Harry Connick, Jr. and she is currently a contributor to Good Morning America and Strahan & Sara. She is the regular on-air tech contributor to Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia where she’s delivered tech news since 2012. Stephanie spent three years as the technology writer for EBONY.com and a contributor to EBONY magazine and spent two years as the spokesperson for HP, Inc. on the QVC shopping channel. And Stephanie uses social media to help people understand tech basics with her weekly 60-Second Tech Break on Instagram & Twitter.

’Til Death Do You Tweet is a seminar for students, parents, or professionals that helps them understand the potential negative consequences of online behavior — especially through social media — and gives helpful advice on how people can maintain a positive reputation in cyberspace. Stephanie is a former engineer for Lockheed Martin with engineering degrees from Florida A&M University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrea Jones-Rooy

Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph.D. is the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the NYU Center for Data Science, where she also teaches their popular flagship course, Data Science for Everyone. She was previously assistant professor of political science at NYU Shanghai, where she founded their interdisciplinary major in quantitative social science. Andrea earned her Ph.D. in political science and complex systems at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and was a postdoctoral fellow in Social & Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon.

Andrea regularly speaks and consults outside of academia on social and data science, with a special focus on why and how to think like a scientist to design research programs to uncover what’s really going on in companies, especially as it affects diversity. In her spare time, she is a standup comedian and circus performer, both of which she has performed to audiences, including royalty, all over the world. In a possibly dubious effort to combine all three aspects of her life, Andrea is also the host of the monthly one-person variety show, Political Circus — a political science lecture and comedy & circus show all in one — at Caveat in New York City.

Funny as Tech is a live panel show and podcast that tackles the thorniest issues in technology…inside a comedy theater. Co-hosted by tech ethicist and All Tech Is Human founder David Ryan Polgar and comedian Joe Leonardo, Funny as Tech has featured guests including Douglas Rushkoff, Manoush Zomorodi, Chuck Nice, Nir Eyal, Baratunde Thurston, Bridget Carey, Dennis Crowley, and Laurie Segall.

Join us for this freewheeling panel show where the guests let loose. It is a wonky night out where you can both learn, laugh, and ask questions from our expert panelists.

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