Category Archives: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

The Second Machine Age: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

hwms.coverartYou’ve intended to read The Second Machine Age, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAffee but just haven’t found the time.  It’s an important book, to be sure, and explains a lot about the future of work.  But it’s fat.  And it’s say on your Amazon wish list for what, three years?

This is how we can help.  Sulley from our Policy Office and Maddie, our in house entrepreneur have carefully read the book (more or less) and present a detailed and careful summary for your edification.  Remember, we read it so you don’t have to.

Cast:

  • Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Sulley from the Policy Office – Josh LaForce

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Cyberspace as Frontier: John Perry Barlow

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He is remembered as as the founder of the Electronic Freedom Foundation. Or, alternatively, as a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and link between counterculture and technology. However, John Perry Barlow was the writer that argued that cyberspace was a frontier and that settling that frontier would require more thought that we were prepared to give.

Cast:

  • Evelyn the Business Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur

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working.context.coverart A more thorough discussion of technological frontiers and the ways that organizations leaders need to approach those frontiers can be found in the podcast “The Context for Work“.

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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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17610: Golden Passport – We Read It So You Don’t Have To

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Who better to review a book about Harvard Business School than two generations of Entrepreneurs? Vinny the CTO brings the expertise of success. He founded SidePocket in the 1980s and led it to a brilliant, albeit short, life. Maddie brings the perspective of hard experience. She is the founding CEO of WatcherDogz, which is her second company. Between the two of them, they debate the question, “Why is Harvard Business School like a squirrel?”

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Cast:

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Maddie the 8-year-old Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Mr. Skippy: Himself

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17605: The Threat of Automation

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We Read It So You Don’t Have to. There is so much new information published every day that one person can’t possible read it all much less get any perspective on it. Take Automation, Autonomous Cars, Machine Learning. All of these technologies pose new challenges to the organization and at the same time, they represent forces that are quite old. In this episode, we take a look at a new book on these topics, Industry 4.0, and an old one Automation.

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Cast:

Sullivan from the Policy Office: Josh LaForce

David Alan Grier

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17602: We Read It So You Don’t Have To – Enterprise Architecture

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Three questions. What is Enterprise Architecture? Does it have anything to do with the Starship Enterprise? And why should we care? Rohit from IT joins the podcast in this episode to explore this idea on one of our “We Read It So You Don’t Have To” episodes.

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Cast:

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

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17122: Jugaad Innovation – We Read It So You Don’t Have To

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We Read It So You Don’t Have To. We regularly look at new books on technology or organization. Today, we look at an Indian book on Jugaad Innovation and ask “How is it really different from an American book?” Jameela, our Bangalore Office Manager, as always, has ideas. Lots of ideas.

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Cast:

Jameela from Bangalore: Sonam Powar

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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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