Grant Crowell on the Human Tech Podcast

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Grant Crowell with his new book.

In this episode of the Human Tech podcast we talk with Grant Crowell about communicating, using humor, marketing and about his new book.

You can reach Grant here:

info@onetwistedsquirrel and check out his instragram: onetwistedsquirrel. 

And here’s a link to the book: GRANTASMS: Creative twisted words for cool people!


 

What About User Experience in Government Policy?

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In this episode of the Human Tech podcast we talk with Dana Chisnell about the role of user experience in government technology and public policy. Dana just started a new job as a partner/founder, Policy Design, with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). Can the government be user-centered? (Hint: Dana is an optimist and says “YES”).

To learn more about or get in touch with Dana, her website is danachisnell.com and her email is dana.chisnell@gmail.com


 

Our Digital Lives After Death

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In this episode of the Human Tech podcast we talk with Elaine Kasket, author of All the Ghosts in the Machine about our digital lives after we die. Who owns our data and what happens to it after we’re gone?

To learn more about Elaine and the book: 

https://www.elainekasket.com/

 You can reach her at write@elainekasket.com


 

UX Research for Conversational AI

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In this episode of the Human Tech podcast we talk with Cheenu Chari, a UX Researcher from Austin Texas. We talk about how doing UX research on conversations differs from UX research on other interfaces, and even range into questions about whether people want one omnipotent chatbot to talk to or several specialized chatbots. 

For more information, here is some info on where to reach and follow Cheenu:

LinkedIn: Srikant (‘Cheenu’) Chari
Twitter: @minstrelman91
Instagram: @cheenu.chari 
Medium: https://medium.com/@minstrelman91

And here is a link to the the Medium article he mentions in the episode: “Scripts And Schemas and how they apply to Conversational Design”: https://chatbotslife.com/the-scripted-life-what-scripts-and-schemas-can-teach-us-about-designing-conversational-832e21cf2c7d

 


 

Writing Is Designing

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In this episode of the Human Tech podcast we talk with Michael Metts and Andy Welfle about their new book: Writing Is Designing. The conversation includes:

  • Why and how words and writing are part of the user experience of a product
  • The difference between tone and voice
  • Ideas for influencing design as a member of a design team

and lots more.

You can find more information about Andy and Michael and order the book from their website: 

https://www.writingisdesigning.com/

 


 

Are You Optimistic or Pessimistic About Future Technology?

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In this podcast episode we talk with Steve Field about whether we should be optimistic or pessimistic about future technology. Where do you rate on an optimism vs. pessimism scale?

 

 

To contact steve:
Steve Field
Field Group
steve.fieldgroup@outlook.com
(314) 941-6076

 


 

Read Your Heart Rate From Your Smartphone Camera: Dr. Phillip Alvelda from Brainworks on the Human Tech podcast

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Dr. Phillip Alvelda has been working on AI projects for many years. His latest project with his new startup can measure medical vital signs, for example your heart rate, from looking at your face on your smartphone camera. In this podcast episode we talk with him about artificial intelligence, especially in healthcare, and privacy and ethics issues with AI.

If you are interested in what Dr. Alvelda and Brainworks is doing check out their website, Brainworks.ai

 


New Book on Behavioral Economics

I’m excited to announce that one of the Team W staff has just published a new book. If you’ve ever thought that Behavioral Economics was boring or incomprehensible, or not relevant to your life or work, then I suggest you check out this book. I think it will change your mind.

The author is our own Guthrie Weinschenk. It’s a big book, but it is laid out with care and has illustrations and graphics. The book summarizes some of the best and most recent research in the quickly growing field of behavioral economics.


Here’s what Guthrie says about the book:

“I read the original research studies and put only the best and most brilliant ideas together in a fun, easy to read, and inspiring book. There are cute little illustrations, visual aids, and all the research is cited. Use it as a reference guide of great research, to share wonderful ideas, or simply as an entertaining read. It is going to be so fun! I hope you’ll join me. You will find the information useful, fascinating, and maybe it will explain ourselves and fellow humans just a little bit more. I’ve worked hard to make this book an excellent value by keeping the price low, and filling it with almost 500 pages of love and useful information.”

So check it out. It’s available in paperback at Amazon.