52: YaPi Robots w Rose Eveleth

“Theres a tendency for men in tech to trust machines more than they trust women.” For the first time ever, Tina tackles a speculative YAPIT: or as guest Rose Eveleth calls it: why WOULD people BE into that? Rose is the host and producer of Flash Forward, a spectacular podcast about the future. She’s also written extensively about sex robots technology with feminist humor and scientific skepticism. In this episode, Tina and Rose muse on everything from the consent politics of machines, to how sex workers and sex robots might work together, to where the hell you would store a sex robot in a New York apartment. 

Rose Eveleth is a journalist who covers how humans tangle with sports, science and technology. She’s the host and producer of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future, and has covered everything from fake tumbleweed farms to sexist prosthetics. Before all that she worked at The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, Nautilus Magazine, TED and CBS. Her work has appeared on Vice, BBC Future, Racked, Scientific American, Eater, The New York Times, Fusion, Five Thirty Eight and more. In her spare time she makes paper automata and day dreams about hanging out with a pack of foxes.