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Ep 078 How A David Becomes A Goliath with Karina Mendoza

Jun 3, 2020

Karina is the founder and president of EXQUISE, online journal ( she founded in January 2013. Exquise (pronounced ex-KEES) is about exquisite stories that started out featuring current and notable events, people, and places.

It didn’t take long for Karina’s interest in technology to take hold. By the end of 2014, Karina decided to shift her focus on future trends moved by Silicon Valley’s energy and its ecosystem of the big and bold startups disrupting conventional businesses, their founders and funders, many of whom have become household names globally by making the impossible possible.

Karina is passionate about bleeding-edge technologies and innovation realizing that they are the most powerful drivers of transformation and success, basically shaping all aspects of life whether cultural, economic, political, sociological, medical, psychological, physiological, and so on.

An entrepreneurial technologist by training, she is also a consultant for start-ups and a bridge-builder between the Philippines and Silicon Valley’s ecosystems.

to contact her, please email her @

or find her on twitter @Karinasfonyc

here is also a suggested reading list for anyone interested in knowing more about the subject Karina touched upon here:

As you now know, my passion is in bleeding-edge technologies (big thinkers and big ideas – current and historic), particularly, AI, Robotics, and the brain, mind, and consciousness (Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy). Here are some of the books that opened the “door” for me, basically blew my mind, and, like Alice, I just fell into the rabbit hole and into this wild, wild, insanely awesome world that is magical. “Curiouser and curiouser, indeed,” said Karina… The more I know, the more I don’t know, ergo, the more I want — and need — to know.  Besides these mind-bending topics, I am also doing a lot of reading on anything and all theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, quantum technology, quantum computers, cosmology … the foundational technologies that will be the avenues to more possibilities, more potentials, infinite discoveries towards a desirable future for humanity, the future…
Without further ado, here are my top favorite books thus far:
  •  Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari – NYTimes bestseller – a phenomenal account of history explaining how homo sapiens got to today.
  • Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari – NYTimes bestseller – a continuation of Sapiens
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Walter Isaacson – NYTimes bestseller – Remarkable take on a monumental figure inspired by thousands of pages from this on a genius’ genius’s astonishing notebooks.
  • Einstein – Walter Isaacson – NYTimes bestseller, another superbly-written book on another genius’ genius.
  • Life 3.0 – Max Tegmark – NYTimes bestseller, a Barack Obama favorite books 2018, a Bloomberg Technology list book 2018, a Bill Gates favorite books 2018 on how humans will evolve. Magnificent.
  • Superintelligence – Nick Bostrom – The term “paperclips” representative of a notion in a world of superintelligence that became ubiquitous the AI community originated from this book. “Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom from the University of Oxford. It argues that if machine brains surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could replace humans as the dominant lifeform on Earth. Sufficiently intelligent machines could improve their own capabilities faster than human-computer.”
  • Industries of the Future – Alec Ross – American technology policy expert and the former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State his insight on where we are headed and how to prepare for this coming world.
  •  The Age of Surveillance Capitalism – Shoshan Zuboff – well-written, well-researched book on how our minds are manipulated by technology for capitalism
  •  Consciousness – Confessions of A Romantic Reductionist – The inimitable Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle and his take on consciousness.
  • Left To Their Own Devices – Julie Albright – Digital Sociologist take on the impact of tech on society
  • Our Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark – MIT Physics professor proves and explains in simple yet mind-bending terms the impossible concept of parallel universes.
  • Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman – NYTimes bestseller, renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics,  “a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.”

In this podcast, you will see and hear:

  • watch the way some of the stories that keep us limited fall away as we get to know each other better and become more comfortable with each other
  • as a kid the thing she wanted and the reason she wanted it and how looking back now it all seems so silly
  • how her move from a very respected family in the Phillipines to the Bay Area in California and how that impacted her
  • the importance of integrating where she was from with where she is now
  • her surprise that she is where she is now and that she is accepted as she is
  • what she gives as her reason for why she felt she is sitting with the people she gets to sit with and seeing that what she felt it was is not what it was and find out why it really was?
  • the enlightenment that showed her a life that was right in front of her
  • the moment when the light comes on in the room we are standing in and suddenly being able to see everything that was right there in front of us always
  • the moment she shifted from her day job to writing about the transformations happening in technology
  • the desire to become involved in the world that causing the most impact driving change in the world comes
  • how a David becomes a Goliath
  • what excites her most on the bleeding edge of technology
  • the redefinition of what we think we know
  • is aging natural or is it a disease
  • the infiltration of artificial intelligence and where it is headed
  • the excitement of technology and the new problems it could create
  • what we think is 5-10 years away is already here, just not as easy to use now
  • the last piece of us that is really ours and what the discussion will be as the “regular people” want it to help for the children
  • will solving the problems of today only bring new problems. what do we need to do to elevate out of that moment
  • the very private moral decisions that we will be making very soon that will redetermine our values
  • how important it is to integrate all of what is happening into our lives
  • the biases inherent in the programing of AI that we don’t even see
  • what is the importance of The Human Centered AI in the work being done at Stanford
  • Swarm Intelligence, the collective mind and the work being done to help humans think together
  • science, technology, retail, institutions, work, relationships, shopping, socializing; everything is changing now with the study of AI
  • the goal of AI . . .
  • the dangers and the possibilities that await us
  • the future is the present
  • seeing what is ahead. Elon Musk and development of the grand plan
  • uploading our consciousness via chip and digitizing it then reform ourselves on the other side
  • the grand plan is the survival of humanity
  • the future of education
  • the place of technology in bringing to life of what needs to be done to protect the only earth we currently have
  • the importance of each of us going out to vote
  • open yourself and don’t be afraid; open your eyes and experience the possibilities that exist.
  • I hope you will reach out to Karina if the work you are doing is in need of, AI, Robotics or simply cutting edge technologies that can help your company grow

to contact her, please email her @

or find her on twitter @Karinasfonyc

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