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Retrospective: CES 2017 & The Trillion Shot Latte

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The story of the 2017 CES was drones. Drones to deliver packages. Drones to inspect oil pipelines. Drones to follow traffic. Drones to spy on you neighbor. One company offered drones to bring the last remnant of paper mail to beleaguered offices. Another upped the ante by suggesting that drones could bring food to those office workers who were either chained to their desks or intent on impressing their bosses with their dedication to work. The IT director of the podcast HWMS, Rohit, went one step further with his Autonomous Drone Latte Deliver System (ADLADS). Prior to the 2017 CES he demonstrated the system by draining Lake Mead and filling it with the trillion shot late.

Cast

  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Bix the Master Scrum Master – John C. Havens
  • Tourist 1 – Debbon Ayer
  • Tourist 2 – Josh LaForce
  • Himself – Stan Freberg

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17510: Remembering Gertrude Blanch

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Once computing was work. Hard work. Paper. Pencil. Nothing more.

Once, thousands of people calculated in mass computing labs. Now, they are generally forgotten.

This November, The National Institute of Standards and Technology has corrected our memory by honoring their chief computer from the 1930s, Gertrude Blanch.   Blanch was the director of the Mathematical Tables Project, a WPA work relief effort that was once the largest computing office in the world.

Our cast adds their appreciation.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as herself
  • Noah Masur as himself

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17335: A Holiday for Statistics

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How do you think about data? How do you you look for an office in Bangalore?

And how do you deal with a country that has a holiday for statistics?

This episode starts with with the Stats Holiday, moves through a real estate agent brimming with confidence in his own ability to understand the client’s needs, and ends with a staff member who dreams of a new office within walking distance of a Premier League Cricket Stadium.

What does all this tell you about Big Data? That it is only part of our business experience.

Featuring:

  • Sonam Powar As Jameela, the Bangalore Office Manager
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn, the Business Manager
  • Josh LaForce as Sulley, from Policy
  • Ron Bianchi as Deepak, the The Bengaluru Real Estate Agent
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT

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17615: Internet as Defense Technology – We Read It So You Don’t Have To

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Was the Internet designed to withstand a nuclear attack? Common story. Is it true?

Rohit and Penelope Othmar explore the origins of the Internet when they review the book Imagineers of War by Sharon Weinberger, a book that discusses the history of ARPA, the Advanced Research Projects Agency.    The answer is not as straightforward as we might like.

Featuring:

  • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller School for Disruptive Innovation
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT

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17145: Building a Staff for a Tech Company – Bits & People

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It’s like a blind date. Only worse. With a date you have the presence of hope shackled only by the vaguest of required qualifications. But like a date, a tech company staff has to be created today with the changing future ever in mind. And the results are not always pretty.

Maddie is hiring the staff for her startup with Vinny receiving, but not approving, her ideas. Steps are tentative. Plans are in process. Perhaps the worse part of it is that she is trying to launch a new service and isn’t completely clear about how that service will organize her customers – or her community, if you wish to take an idealist view of things.

In the process, Maddie has to face her old nemesis and ask “How does a real CEO behave?”

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Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sean with a Resume: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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17140: Real Foresight

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Can we really foresee the future? How can we plan for new ideas, new innovations, new disruptions? Founding co-host Tamara Carleton to explain her system of Foresight while Anna and Rohit try to understand, as best as they can, what she is saying.

And then, there is that problem with the Gummy Bears. Artisanal Gummy Bears.

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Expert:

Tamara Carleton, Founding Cohost

Cast:

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Rohit-from-IT: Noah Masur

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17115: We Read It So You Don’t Have To – Hidden Figures

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Do you see the talent that you have in your organization.  The movie Hidden Figures brings some welcome attention to the forgotten  human computers who did the calculations for the manned space program.  However, as much as we might like to think that the story of Katherine Goble Johnson and NASA’s West Area Computers was an isolated anomaly, we quickly discover that it is not.  All organizations have hidden, unappreciated workers, as the book When Computers Were Human shows.
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17015: Where is the Stuff in HWMS? (Season Overview)

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It used to be David and Tamara. Now it’s Evelyn & Sullivan, or Rohit & Anna, or Vinny and little Maddie. All these characters give you some insight into technology and organization and work. In this episode, Executive Producer previews the coming season.

 

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