Category Archives: Technology & Organizations

HWMS: Searching for Intelligent Machines

hwms.coverart Do smart machines help us understand smarts? More important, do we learn something about intelligence by working with artificial intelligence? The results are mixed. Current researchers regularly argue that their work is inspired by their understanding of the brain but that claim still begs the question, “do these machines teach us about through?” Some of the more common forms of smart machines, so common we not longer think of them as smart, rely on various forms of search. And of course, we can ask, is searching smart, even when we find a good answer? Third in a series on smart machines hosted by Anna-the-Intern. Cast:
  • Jenny – Debbon Ayer
  • Zack – Jake Minevich
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
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HWMS: Smart Technology in the Intersection

hwms.coverart A series on smart technology technology and autonomous vehicles is running when a self-driving Uber car goes astray. It probably does not mark the end of the technology. However it causes us to remember the true nature of what we are doing and how the public may not forever sustain its enthusiasm for digital products or its willingness to serve as the test subjects for new ideas. Thoughts on the Tempe crash from the staff of How We Manage Stuff. Cast:
  • David Alan Grier- Executive Producer
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HWMS: Do Smart Machines Make Sense?

>hwms.coverart 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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HWMS: Your Job Taken by a Machine?

hwms.coverart 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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HWMS: Why Don’t They Finish?

hwms.coverart 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
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Data Driven Decisions and the Office in India

hwms.coverart 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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Working in the Neighborhood

hwms.coverart How do you fix a troubled startup? How do you mend a broken heart? When your startup is in trouble, you can look for solutions in every possible direction but the right one. Vinny considers the possibility of a simple technical fix for Maddie’s increasingly complex Watcher Dogz. Featuring:
  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie-the-8-year-old-entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the Board Chair
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn the Office Manager
  • Ron Bianchi as Ernesto from Tenderloin Angels
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A Young Entrepreneur & a Mother

hwms.coverart An innocent remark and a story unravels, a story the suggests some of the challenges that women face in trying to climb into the leadership ranks of high technology. It begins with Maddie, student at the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation, and the CEO of a new startup called “Watcher Dogs” and ends with our business manager and cohost trying to make sense of an incident some nine years in the past. This is the world that high technology offers to women and these are the stories we tell. [17240] Cast:

Maddie-the-8-year-old-Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Anna-the-Intern:Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Evelyn-the-business-manager:Margaux Amie

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