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Anxious Machine

By Rob McGinley Myers

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True stories about modern humans

Customer Reviews

This is a great geeky interview show…

… but this one is not just for geeks! This one is also about everyday life. It’s about technology and life intertwining. It’s very personal. It’s about professional lives, first tech encounters, and the future of technology on the everyday people’s level.

The Only Podcast I Listen To

I’m not a fan of podcasts. I avoid them like the plague and seek out the text whenever possible. But I listen to this one. It’s engaging, it’s short and straightforward. Rob finds interesting and unique topics to discuss with individual people, giving their story time to shine without overproducing anything. Listening to how people feel about and use (or don’t use) technology provides interesting perspectives that I haven’t found anywhere else. Worth every minute.

Compelling and moving interviews

I’ve be a regular reader of Rob’s blog since his excellent “Placebo-philes” post at the end of 2013, so when he announce that he was starting a podcast I decided to subscribe. The first couple interviews were with his brother and mother. These were interesting subjects—the familial relationships made the podcast feel very personal—but I didn’t fall in love with the podcast until episode 6, the interview with Stephen Hackett. This interview was so compelling and moving. I kept thinking about what I would do, how I would feel, in Stephen’s position. It really connected.

It’s also good to see Rob loosen the conceit that the interviews are “about how technology affects us”. Technology, as Rob defines it, is such a broad topic, it encompasses almost everything. I don’t mind this being an underlying thread, tying the episodes together, but it felt a bit forced in the first few interviews.