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Do Smart Machines Make Sense?

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It’s rarely a direct replacement. Rarely do smart machines actually change the workplace as they were intended. It’s always a change to some side occupation, an occupation that you may not connect with smart technology. as

Our series on smart machines and work considers the contributions of John McCarthy, one of the founders of the field of Artificial Intelligence. McCarthy had grand plans for his work. He hoped to build a machine that could do the kind of logical reasoning that Euclid did for geometry. The question is, of course, “Was McCarthy’s work a success?” but the answer is not measured by the parallel query “How many geometers did McCarthy put out of work?”

Cast:

  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Molly- Caraid O’Brien
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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Why Don’t They Finish?

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Do young employees find it hard to finish tasks? Is it somehow difficult for them to bring a job to completion? So we ask the question and start to look for an answer.

Our cast moves from the problem of finishing tasks to the problem of finishing MOOCS – Those Massive Open OnLine Courses that seem to be everywhere and no where at once. And from finishing MOOCs, they return to the problem of finishing tasks and grasp, for a moment, that they are the same thing. In a world where information is ubiquitous, why do we need to finish anything?

Cast:

  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Penelope Othmar from the LMGSDI- Debbon Ayer
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Kit Kuksenok – Himself

Podcast written by Kit Kuksenok & David Alan Grier
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16425: The Fissured Workplace: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

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Not up on the current literature of technology and organization? Don’t worry. We read it so you don’t have to. This week, we look at David Weil’s Fissured Workplace, a book about what is happening to the workplace in the age of Uber, Taskrabbit and Mechanical Turk.

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