Demetrios Brinkmann, host of the “Are you a Robot?“, a podcast on tech and ethics, has invited me on their show and involved me in a stimulating debate with challenging questions on almost everything I work on. Among other things we discussed the “ethics” of Clubhouse. Demetrios asked me: is the fact that Clubhouse is currently only available for iPhone users a problem? Is it potentially discriminating? I say:
And I continue:
Watch the full video here. It ends with the question whether I am a robot. Spoiler alert: yes, I am!
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