Cristos Goodrow is Google’s design manager and director of YouTube (aka the YouTube Algorithm).

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Here are the main features of the episode. With some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp to move to that time.

00:00 – Introduction
03:26 – A lifelong path through YouTube
7:30 a.m. – Find new ideas on YouTube
13:33 – Managing a healthy conversation
23:02 – YouTube algorithm
38:00 – Video content analysis
44:38 – Clickbait thumbnails and titles
47:50 – I feel like I’m helping the YouTube algorithm smarter
50:14 – Customization
51:44 – what does success look like for the algorithm?
54:32 – The impact of YouTube on society
57:24 – Creators
59:33 – Burns
1:03:27 – YouTube algorithm: heuristics, machine learning, human behavior
1:08:36 – How to make a viral video?
1:10:27 – Veritasium: Why are there 96,000,000 black balls in this tank?
1:13:20 – Making clips from long-running podcasts
1:18:07 – One moment at a time, a signal of the viewer’s interest
1:20:04 – Why is understanding video so difficult to understand?
1:21:54 – Self-supervised video learning
1:25:44 – what will YouTube look like in 10, 20, 30 years?


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