Who knew we’d learn about machine learning, investments, and start-ups in a Korean drama?

I’m currently watching the ongoing Korean drama Start-Up, starring Bae Suzy, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho, and Kang Han-na, in Netflix.

When I first heard about it, I was so hyped up because finally there is a K-drama bringing up the topic of technology as its main theme. (Maybe there was one before, but I didn’t know.) Also, I had watched Suzy since her drama debut in Dream High (2010), and then most of her other dramas, such as Big (2012), Uncontrollably Fond (2016), and While You Were Sleeping (2017).

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Poster for Start-Up. Source: Kpopmap

What about Start-Up?

The drama is as good as I expected…


Vanderbilt professor uncovers problematic representations in artificial intelligence (AI), while augmented reality (AR) Mica is the antithesis of female smart assistants

When I tuned in to the “Ethics of AI”, a session presented by Haerin Shin at the virtual Grace Hopper Celebration on September 30, 2020, I was expecting that I would know most of the topics she brought up.

After all, as an Asian woman who studies and works in AI for more than 5 years, and who educates herself about social issues through books, movies, and TV/web series, I should be aware of problematic representations in AI, shouldn’t I?

I was wrong.

It turns out that I was unaware about some of these stereotypes because they are so subtly…


Join five women in tech as they share their stories about becoming sole income earners in their households.

This is an excerpt from a virtual Grace Hopper Celebration (vGHC) session on September 29, 2020.

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Screen capture from the Sole Income Earner Panel at vGHC 2020

Introduction to the speakers:

  1. Kristen Olsen, a software development manager at Amazon. Her husband is a stay-home dad.
  2. Donna M Gavin, a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. She has been a single mom since the 90s and cares for her autistic adult son.
  3. Jenn Edge, a senior assistant director of development at Infotech, who has become the sole earner for the past ten years. Her husband chooses to be a stay-home dad as Jenn has a higher earning potential.
  4. Rupa Dachere


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Sometimes, I tend to overthink.

No, I don’t overthink about people — and spin out conspiracy theories about what they’re gonna do to me . Mostly, I overthink about situations. And being a computer science graduate who has to think of all possible scenarios — and handle them all — certainly doesn’t help.

A simple example would be yesterday’s occurrence: I ordered new clothes from Zara to be delivered to my flat on Thursday night. On Friday afternoon, I received an email that my order had been delivered.

The problem is, I didn’t receive it.

I checked the tracking number…

Victoria Lestari

Software engineer at Google. Writes about books, feminism, and self-love.

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