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One great thing about Brooklyn’s tech scene is the resources found in unexpected places: say, a talk on “why our robots are so stupid and how to fix them” at the public library.
Several of those hidden gems can also be found at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Earlier this year, we covered the organization’s push to digitize its oral history archives and make them accessible to the public online. The society recently put out its calendar of fall programming, and there are a few enticing talks for anyone interested in tech and startups. Most of the talks range from $5 to $10 apiece, with discounts — and even free events — for BHS members. Among them:
- Tonight, Sept. 7: Silicon Valley business guru Nilofer Merchant talks up how to make your ideas transformational.
- Sept. 18: A group of NYC’s leading podcasters, including Jenna Weiss-Berman of Brooklyn’s Pineapple Street Media, discuss their (booming) trade.
- Oct. 30: Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Union leads a conversation on the “gig economy.”
- Nov. 13: A panel of politicos, including Matthew McGregor, whom the Guardian dubbed “Obama’s digital attack dog,” discuss the impact of technology on democracy.
The podcasting event is especially topical to Brooklyn. Pineapple Street Media is behind the popular podcasts Missing Richard Simmons and Still Processing. Gimlet Media, which we’ve written about on several occasions, has raised $22 million in VC funding, and its shows have garnered interest from Hollywood. And Keisha Dutes, the cofounder of Bushwick-based Bondfire Radio, who co-hosts the show TK in the AM, was recently named a “black talent in public media you may not know but should” by Current.org, which covers public media.