16345: The Third Principle with George K. Thiruvathukal

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It’s one thing to have principles to guide the US Government in its dealing with science and technology. It’s another thing to follow them and something more to see them work. This week George K. Thiruvathukal talks about how the National Science Foundation implements the third of Vannevar Bush’s fundamental principle and suggests that, for the most part, it accomplishes what it attempts to do.

Plus our IT manager Rohit gets arrested.

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16347: Who Are These People? & What Do They Do?

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A good friend always says that solo acts don’t work, that a board is always smarter than a a CEO. In podcasts, the rule seems to be that the collective adds interests. Over the past year, we have created a staff to illustrate the main points of the podcast and identify some of the absurdities of our subject. This podcast is a brief introduction to that staff.

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16340: The Third Principle of Governments & Science – and a visit to the Duke

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The Third principle of governments and science. It is the most familiar and the least understood. Vannevar Bush argued that governments should do research by contract, not by building independent labs. We will look at that idea and ask how well it works, in application and in breech.

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16337: Governments and Innovative Technology, A Binge

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What do we expect to learn about innovation from a government? Why did we take the podcast to Washington? And why did we take an office next to the Capitol Power Plant, other than the obvious benefits that the rents are cheaper than the tonier stuff and yet we are still near the center of the action? All of this will be discussed in our binge episode, which combines three shorter pieces:

  • Who Are We and What Do We Do?
  • Open Source Discussions
  • It’s Agile but It’s Not Software

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