16365: The Final Principle of Science Policy ( & Maddie comes to DC)

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It’s the last idea in Vannevar Bush’s list of principles to guide science policy and it is enshrined in law but it is really an observation of a fundamental conflict, the conflict between the interests of scientists and the interests of the public. The balance between these two communities is dynamic, we make adjustments as the needs of society change but at the same time, the heads of science agencies are responsible to the citizenry and must behave that way.

UnknownThe principle  is illustrated by the story of Allen V Astin, the Director of the National Bureau of Standards in the 1950s and the father of a well known comedic actor of the 1960s.

And our  cast slowly returns.  Rohit from IT is back from his term of public service and the 8 year old entrepreneur Maddie finds her way to Washington.

 

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16360: The Cybersecurity Episode

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Guests Bruce McMillin and Gerry Howser talk about their recent article on Computer magazine article that compares the problems of cybersecurity to those of defending a medieval castle. In case you are not familiar with European fortifications from the 12th to 15th century, our intern explains how they work using the only example that she knows, an example that isn’t as medieval as she would like.

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16355: Innovative Organization with Guest Steve Crocker

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Guest Steve Crocker from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers talks about errors, errors in software, and how we accept minor errors in almost every system we use.

And our CTO, Vinny,has a great new idea for a business. Plus he finds every possible error in our own software, while Rohit, poor Rohit, spends another day doing penance for breeching the security of the Naval Ordnance Museum.

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16350: You Can Touch the Merchandise but You Can’t Run the Store

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With this episode, we approach the 4th principle of science & technology policy, the 4th fundamental idea of Vannevar Bush. The principle is simple: in funding research the government has the right to alter the organization of the recipient and yet, government-sponsored research is one of the driving forces behind the industrialization of the university. So what happens to this conundrum? This week on How We Manage Stuff.

Plus Rohit is still arrested and is not doing himself any favors.

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