SHOULD THIS EXIST?
It’s the question of our times:
How is technology impacting our humanity? With host Caterina Fake, Should This Exist? is a show that looks at a technology and asks: What is its greatest potential? And what could possibly go wrong?
Our boldest new technologies can help us flourish as human beings … or destroy the very thing that makes us human.
The strawberry field past the maple tree. A hidden nook beneath the stairs. The magical hour before anyone else is awake. Throughout her life, Angela Ahrendts has sought out sanctuaries – sacred spaces to reconnect and to dream, quiet moments to visualize what her next big decision might lead to, to stay open to the signs that help guide her. Now, after a series of bold career choices, Angela reflects on the decades-long journey that has brought her to this moment, and comes to realize that with each new day she has an opportunity to discover a new sanctuary – because the truest sanctuary is the one within us all.
With fascinating guests and great stories, we’ll talk about astounding technologies. Like robots who could become our caregivers in old age. Video games that aim to replace the SAT and reveal our hidden potential. Virtual reality that could heal our trauma and rewire our brains.
Should This Exist? is a WaitWhat original series.
is the General Partner of Yes VC, a pre-seed and seed stage fund investing in the U.S. and Europe. Yes VC invests in scalable social systems, brands that embody cultural movements, and founders who recognize the opportunity in the rising power and affluence of women. Caterina sits on the boards of Public Goods, the Sundance Institute, and McSweeneys. Previously, she worked at Founder Collective as a Founder Partner, served as chairman of Etsy, and was the co-founder of Flickr.
Caterina is an early creator of online communities and a long time advocate of the responsibility of entrepreneurs for the outcomes of their technologies. Caterina’s interests include the cultural impact of new technologies, human interactions online, design, good governance, innovation and creativity – and how we can all make the internet a kinder, more human place.
Caterina has received Honorary Doctorates from the Rhode Island School of Design and The New School. Time Magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world, and she was given the Silicon Valley Visionaries award in 2018.
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