Your Job Taken by a Machine?

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Are machines taking are jobs? Or perhaps more to the point, are you concerned that machines, smart machines, are poised to take your job?

With this episode, we start an examination of smart machines as a substitute for workers. We put it in the hands of our intern, Anna. After all, more of her career is likely to be taken by a machine than anyone else.

As always, we start with the big picture, the context for work. Just because a machine is capable of doing your work doesn’t mean that it makes sense for it to do your job. We start the series with a visit to an automated office, or more accurately, an office that we were told had been automated. Our cast doesn’t quite find what they expected, which gets us asking the question “How Smart Are You?”

Cast:

  • Sullivan from PR – Josh LaForce
  • Evelyn the Business Manager- Margaux Amie
  • 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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Really a Real Professional – Introduction to Eta Kappa Nu

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Is it real?

Move from a classroom to a professional office is real enough, though it proves to be something like a dream when you pass through it. The goal is real enough. Your past remains vivid in your mind. Your present standing is far from clear.

This week we look at an engineering Honors Society Eta Kappa Nu. It is a group that is designed to identify top engineering students and turn them into professionals. A noble job but its members spend a lot of time answering the question “Is it real?”

Cast:

  • Vinny the CTO – Geoffrey Grier
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Zack the Database Manager – Jake Minevich
  • Jenny without a title- Debbon Ayer

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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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Data Driven Decisions and the Office in India

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We sent the cast to Bangalore. We went looking for an office. It was a hard task. Harder than any of them thought.   There are a lot of choices for a small tech organization in india and a lot of opinions among the cast.  So they ultimately resorted to numbers – not because they trusted numbers. They used a numerical process to build trust in themselves.

Cast:

  • Jameela the Bangalore Office Manager – Saraha Ale
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Sulley from PR – Josh LaForce
  • Evelyn the Office Manager – Margaux Amie
  • Bix the Master Scrum Master – Ron Bianchi

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Machine Intelligence and the Future of Work

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Machine Intelligence is going to take over the world, right? We know this? Driverless cars. Computer bosses. All the information that you could ever know captured in a few silicon chips? Can the new generation of workers look ever look forward to having a satisfying career again? The Podcast How We Manage Stuff is about to embark on a study of machine intelligence, as our very intelligent intern, Anna, explains.

Cast:

  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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The Scrum Master and the Sous Chef

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Can  Scrum Masters learn something from Sous Chefs?  Or Sous Chefs from Scrum Masters?  Both represent a kind of job that is being overlooked in this age.  Skilled.  Managerial.  Professional.  Disciplined.  Yet not quite academic.    Our Master Scrum Master, Bix, and the Sous Chef from Washington’s Green Rice and Natto talk about their respective jobs and ultimately get sidetracked by the roasted Sweet Potatoes.

Cast:

  • Bix the Master Scrum Master – Ron Bianchi
  • Christine the Sous Chef – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Rohit from IT – Noah Masur
  • Himself – Kit Kuksenok 

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How to See the Consumer Electronics Show

hwms.coverart What should you see at CES? Or perhaps more to the point, how should you see CES? It is a massive show and is not easy to grasp, even when you are standing in the midst of it.

In this episode, we bring back our good friend (and in this case, real friend) Tom Coughlin to talk about how you should look for trends at the Consumer Electronics Show. Tom is a familiar figure at the CES and is an organizers of the International Conference on Consumer Electronics.

In this episode, he is joined by two cast members (who are real to us, but perhaps not in the same way), Sulley, the Policy Director and Jameela, the Manager of our Bangalore Office, to talk about the most important new technologies. (And, it appears, none of them are autonomous drone based coffee delivery systems.) Augmented Reality is probably on the top of the list, followed by Machine Intelligence and Virtual Reality. Tom explains.

Cast:

  • Sulley, from Policy – Josh LaForce
  • Jameela, Bangalore Office Manager – Sonam Powar
  • Himself – Tom Coughlin 

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